Whether you’re chatting with the community, asking questions, or getting explanations from Apple engineers, the Apple Developer Forums are a great place to learn and share information about Apple platforms.
The forums are full of great content and we want to help you make the most of your visit. Check out some tips and tricks to learn how to post like a pro, improve your reputation, quickly find the best answers, and more.
Personalize your profile
Anyone can view and browse the forums, but you must sign in with your Apple ID if you want to ask or answer questions. After registering, you can customize your profile with a preset avatar, add your location if you like and share a link to one of your apps in the App Store.
Follow a few simple steps:
- Log in to your account.
- Go to your profile silhouette in the top right corner of the screen.
- Click or tap on your silhouette.
- Click or tap Edit profile.
From there, you can change anything you want to change, and choose to display information such as how long you’ve been on the forums.
The forums are organized by tags: when someone asks a new question, they can add up to four tags to categorize their post. For example, if you have a question about building watchOS apps with SwiftUI, you can tag that post SwiftUI and watchOSand people who search for either topic will get it in their search results.
Tags are listed in the forums with each post: you can view all the most recent questions under a particular tag by clicking or tapping it – and review any relevant technical documentation or information for that tag.
The search bar is available on every forum page and lets you search for questions, tags and profiles. You can boost your searches with a few quick tips – here’s how.
Search by keywords
Type a word that is three characters or more and press Return to get question titles or descriptions related to the word (or words) you typed.
Do you want to search for a tag? Type it in parentheses like so:
This query returns information about tags with the word “mac” in them. Type in the name of a specific tag and you’ll be taken directly to the tag’s landing page, which includes a brief description of the tag and a list of recently tagged questions.
If you know the name of a specific tag or multiple tags, you can combine it with a keyword to further refine your search. For example:
This query returns all questions with “Catalyst” in their title or description and are tagged with both “macOS” and “Beta”.
Find a person
Do you want to view someone’s profile? Use the following:
Replace ‘username’ with the username of the person you’re looking for to get a list of matching people (or, if you’ve entered an exact match, visit that person’s profile).
Discover Apple Recommended Answers Quickly
When browsing forum threads, you can use colors and shapes to quickly learn a little more about that post. If you use a mouse or trackpad, you can also place your pointer on any box to get more information about that message.
All unresolved questions appear with a blue box to the left of the thread title, with the number of replies in that box.
As soon as a question is marked as ‘solved’, that box changes green. And if an Apple Developer Forums admin has marked that answer as “Apple Recommended,” the green box of the post will have a darker border around it.
Tip: be a problem solver
Our community has a wealth of knowledge of both Apple platforms and products. If you see a question on the forums that you think you can answer, you can answer that post with your suggested solution. If it helps the author of the post, they can mark your answer as the solution to their problem and get reputation points for giving the best answer. If one of the Apple employees agrees, they can promote your answer to Apple Recommended, giving you even more reputation.
If you view threads yourself, you can recognize answers marked as Apple Recommended on the left side of the screen: they are shown with a black round icon with a white Apple logo in it.
Rep your reputation
Great community members are the key to a great experience – and on the Apple Developer Forums, you can help your community solve important questions and earn reputation through constructive discussions. Moderators can review forum posts to ensure a safe platform for you and other developers. However, once a post is approved, the community can rank and promote posts on the front page or at the top of a tag.
The forums use a points-based system: by participating in discussions and providing constructive answers, you can get points and privileges.
Here are some of the benefits you can get on the active participation forums:
- When you troubleshoot, you will get a “resolved” badge on your profile with the number of questions you solved.
- When you provide a solution that administrators mark as “Apple Recommended”, you will receive an “Apple Recommended” badge on your profile.
- You can report messages as duplicates or spam. (Requires a reputation of at least 50 points)
- You can vote down questions or answers. (Requires a reputation of at least 100 points)
Earn points by:
- Provide an answer marked “Recommended by Apple”: 25 points
- Give an answer marked as ‘Solved’ by the author: 15 points
- Ask a question that is voted up: 5 points
- Give a vote up vote: 5 points
Lose points by:
- Have an upvote revoked for your question or answer: -5 points (neutralizes the previous upvote)
- Giving a question or answer that is voted down: -2 points
- Removing Spam or Inappropriate / Offensive Content You’ve Posted: -15
Share answers within a post
Would you like to link to a forum thread in Messages, email or elsewhere? You can share the original message or reply by going to a thread and tapping or clicking the Share button inline to the right of the message.
Post like a pro
Ready to ask a question or give your opinion? Here’s how to make your post look great.
Content is crucial
When posting a question, consider what you can provide as a background to help people understand your problem. Try to list any restrictions, assumptions, or simplifications. If you forget something or make a typo, you can edit your content for up to an hour after posting.
Tag it on
You can add up to four tags to a post. Choose tags that are directly related to your question and consider whether you want your message to be in that tag if it was created by someone else.
The forums use the Markdown language to format your text quickly and easily without cumbersome formatting, including:
- Ordered lists, tasks and unordered lists
- Bold and italic text
- Marking code and syntax
- Block quotes, code and text quotes
Add a log
If your message would benefit from adding log content, click or tap the attachment icon in the text editor. Add a title, paste your log content and click Add Text. This text is linked in the body of your message. (Note: Image attachments are not currently supported.)
Mark as resolved
If someone gives you a great answer on the thread, don’t forget to mark your question as resolved by clicking or tapping the check mark next to that answer. You can only mark one answer as resolved and it cannot be undone. (You also can’t solve your own question.)
At WWDC20, the forums offer several event-specific tags to explore.
Anyone can view and read all WWDC tagged posts. When you sign in with your Apple ID, you can also share your thoughts with the WWDC20 community tag or ask for help with conference logistics with the WWDC20 support label.
If you’re a member of the Apple Developer Program or Apple Developer Enterprise Program since June 11, 2020, or if you’ve won the Swift Student Challenge, you can post to session-specific conference tags by signing in with the Apple ID associated with your developer account. Use these tags to ask questions about the technology within a given session and connect directly to Apple technical teams.
Do you have more thoughts about the forums? You can provide feedback by contacting Apple Developer Support or by creating a message and the Forums Feedback label.