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Manual Quickstart

Learn how to create a Vapor project without the Toolbox using just Swift 3.1 and the Swift Package Manager (SPM).

This document assumes that you have Swift 3.1 installed, if not please refer to before you can continue.


If you'd prefer to use the Toolbox, follow the toolbox guide here.

Make new project using SwiftPM

Open your terminal


For our example, we'll be using the Desktop folder.

cd ~/Desktop
mkdir Hello
cd Hello
swift package init --type executable

Your folder structure should look like this:

├── Package.swift
├── Sources
│   └── main.swift
└── Tests

Edit Package.swift

Open your Package.swift file:

open Package.swift

And add Vapor as a dependency. Here's how your Package.swift should look like.

// swift-tools-version:3.1

import PackageDescription

let package = Package(
    name: "Hello",
    dependencies: [
        .Package(url: "", majorVersion: 2)


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Edit main.swift

A simple hello world:

import Vapor

let drop = try Droplet()

drop.get("hello") { req in
  return "Hello Vapor"


Compile & Run (Development)

The first build command can take a while to fetch dependencies.

swift build
.build/debug/Hello serve


If different, replace Hello above with the name of your executable (as defined in Package.swift).


Compiling in Swift's release mode and setting Vapor's environment to production will make your app more secure and performant.

swift build --configuration release
.build/release/Hello serve --env=production


Go to your favorite browser and visit http://localhost:8080/hello