Porting the ownCloud iOS App to the Mac – how Catalyst Changes the Game

The ownCloud team ported the new iOS app to the Mac, using the new Catalyst technology. What did they learn? Michael Neuwert talked about it at the ownCloud Conference.

In the last 10 years, iOS developers spent quite some effort on developing frameworks and tools allowing faster porting of their applications to macOS – but those have their limitations and struggled with Apple’s iOS fast development pace.

At WWDC 2018 Apple announced that they are working on an official toolset – project Marzipan. They showcased the technology in macOS Mojave.

Building the iOS App for MacOS With Catalyst

We were eager to play with the new technology and as soon as it became available in Xcode 11 beta, we used it to build a native Mac app from our iOS client code-base.

We presented it running on macOS Catalina beta at the ownCloud Conference and shared our learnings from this experiment.

Watch the talk on YouTube!

You can find the code of the project on GitHub, in the occon/catalyst branch of the new iOS app.

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WWDC 2019 Talks about the topic

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