How to install and run Swift on Linux

alex adam
1 min readDec 17, 2021


A step by step guide on how to install Swift on Ubuntu 20.04.


Download Swift from -> select the Toolchain archive for Ubuntu 20.04

Extract the archive, then open ~/.bashrc and append this line:


Reload .bashrc with source ~/.bashrc

Install the required dependencies. See -> Linux -> Installation -> Install required dependencies (for Ubuntu 20.04)

sudo apt-get install \
binutils \
git \
gnupg2 \
libc6-dev \
libcurl4 \
libedit2 \
libgcc-9-dev \
libpython2.7 \
libsqlite3-0 \
libstdc++-9-dev \
libxml2 \
libz3-dev \
pkg-config \
tzdata \
uuid-dev \

Test it, in a terminal:

swift --version # you should see something similar to Swift version 5.5.2 (swift-5.5.2-RELEASE) 
Target: x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu

Create an example app

Make a folder:

mkdir swift-app 
cd swift-app

Then generate an empty project with:

swift package init --type executable

and run the executable:

.build/debug/swift-app # or swift run # it should print Hello, world!

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