How To Install Swift Programming Language on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Swift Programming Language on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Swift Programming Language on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Swift is a modern open-source high-performing programming language. Mainly it is used for iOS app development but, you can use it for systems programming, cloud services, and designing other applications. It was developed by Apple and released in 2014. Swift was designed as a replacement for the older Objective-C language.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of Swift Programming Language on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Swift Programming Language on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Required Dependencies.

We need to install some dependencies that are required to run Swift on the Ubuntu system:

sudo apt install clang libicu-dev libpython2.7-dev libtinfo5 libncurses5 libpython2.7 libz3-dev

Step 3. Installing Swift Programming Language on Ubuntu 20.04.

Now we download the Swift installer from the official website:


Next, extract the downloaded file and configure the swift binary to the system’s PATH environment variable:

tar xzf swift-5.3.3-RELEASE-ubuntu20.04.tar.gz
sudo mv swift-5.3.3-RELEASE-ubuntu20.04 /usr/share/swift
echo "export PATH=/usr/share/swift/usr/bin:$PATH" >> ~/.bashrc
source ~/.bashrc

Swift is now installed. Let’s verify that it works by using the following:

$ swift --version
Swift version 5.3.3 (swift-5.3.3-RELEASE)
Target: x86_64-Ubuntu-linux-gnu

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Swift. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Swift Programming Language on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Swift website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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