How to get Xcode to stop generating copyright headers on your Swift files

I’m tired of having Xcode’s auto-generated copyright headers in my files. They’re totally unnecessary and just add clutter to my code. And I hate clutter.

No copyright header

Here’s how to get rid of the clutter and make your Swift files clean.

(Thanks to Anthony for laying the foundation for this.)

Create a new User File Template

  1. Quit Xcode. Bad things may happen if it’s open while you’re creating a new file template.
  2. Launch Terminal.
  3. mkdir -p ~/Library/Developer/Xcode/Templates/File Templates/User Templates
  4. cd ~/Library/Developer/Xcode/Templates/File Templates/User Templates
  5. cp -r /Applications/\ Templates/Source/Swift\ File.xctemplate Empty\ Swift\ File.xctemplate

Edit your file template

  1. Open the Empty Swift File.xctemplate/___FILEBASENAME___.swift in your favorite editor.
  2. Delete the copyright header.

Choose your file template when creating a new Swift file

Now it’s safe to launch Xcode. Go ahead and do that now. Now, whenever you create a new Swift file, do the following:

  1. Create a New File.
  2. Choose User Templates on the left.
  3. Choose your Empty Swift File.

Empty Swift File

And enjoy having a little less clutter in your life.

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