Possible to read iPhone app code?

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by MrPunk2u, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. MrPunk2u
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    Hey there,

    Is is possible to read the code from an existing iPhone app? I know in the DEv center there is sample code, but I'm interested to see how certain apps work.

    Thanks!
     
  2. admanimal
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    No, it's not. Source code is compiled to a native binary format before it can run on the device. There is no way to fully recover the original source code from the machine code.
     
  3. Luke Redpath
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    That said, if you want to see how other people are doing things, some people are open-sourcing their work. Wordpress is an example that springs to mind:

    http://iphone.wordpress.org/
     

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