by weiran

weiran /Hackers

Hackers is an elegant iOS app for reading Hacker News written in Swift.

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Hackers is an iPhone and iPad app for reading Hacker News on the go. It's optimised for quickly catching up on the latest news and comments without getting in your way.


  • Thumbnails generated for posts
  • Collapsable comments threads
  • iOS 13 dark mode
  • Full iPad multitasking support
  • Safari View Controller
  • Upvote posts and comments
  • Open In Hackers share extension

Open Source

Hackers is open source and licenced under the MIT licence.


Download in App Store

Or install the latest beta version from TestFlight.


How to build

  1. Install CocoaPods, you can use RubyGems:
    gem install cocoapods
  2. Install dependencies, in the project's root folder run
    pod install
  3. Open the workspace file (
    ) in Xcode 11.5 or later and build.

Generate screenshots

  1. Install fastlane.
  2. Run
    fastlane screenshots


I use several open source projects in Hackers, in no particular order:

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