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WhisperKit – Swift native on-device speech recognition with Whisper

WhisperKit is a Swift package that integrates OpenAI’s popular Whisper speech recognition model with Apple’s CoreML framework for efficient, local inference on Apple devices.

WhisperKit Installation

WhisperKit can be integrated into your Swift project using the Swift Package Manager.


  • macOS 14.0 or later.
  • Xcode 15.0 or later.


  1. Open your Swift project in Xcode.
  2. Navigate to File > Add Package Dependencies....
  3. Enter the package repository URL:
  4. Choose the version range or specific version.
  5. Click Finish to add WhisperKit to your project.

Getting Started

To get started with WhisperKit, you need to initialize it in your project.

Quick Example

This example demonstrates how to transcribe a local audio file:

import WhisperKit

// Initialize WhisperKit with default settings
Task {
   let pipe = try? await WhisperKit()
   let transcription = try? await pipe!.transcribe(audioPath: "path/to/your/audio.{wav,mp3,m4a,flac}")?.text

Model Selection

WhisperKit automatically downloads the recommended model for the device if not specified. You can also select a specific model by passing in the model name:

let pipe = try? await WhisperKit(model: "large-v3")

For a list of available models, see our HuggingFace repo.

Generating Models

WhisperKit also comes with the supporting repo whisperkittools which lets you create and deploy your own fine tuned versions of Whisper in CoreML format to HuggingFace. Once generated, they can be loaded by simply changing the repo name to the one used to upload the model:

let pipe = try? await WhisperKit(model: "large-v3", modelRepo: "username/your-model-repo")

Swift CLI

The Swift CLI allows for quick testing and debugging outside of an Xcode project. To install it, run the following:

git clone
cd whisperkit

Then, setup the environment and download your desired model.

make setup
make download-model MODEL=large-v3


  1. This will download only the model specified by MODEL (see what’s available in our HuggingFace repo, where we use the prefix openai_whisper-{MODEL})
  2. Before running download-model, make sure git-lfs is installed

If you would like download all available models to your local folder, use this command instead:

make download-models

You can then run them via the CLI with:

swift run transcribe --model-path "Models/whisperkit-coreml/openai_whisper-large-v3" --audio-path "path/to/your/audio.{wav,mp3,m4a,flac}"

Which should print a transcription of the audio file.

Contributing & Roadmap

Our goal is to make WhisperKit better and better over time and we’d love your help! Just search the code for “TODO” for a variety of features that are yet to be built. Please refer to our contribution guidelines for submitting issues, pull requests, and coding standards, where we also have a public roadmap of features we are looking forward to building in the future.

WhisperKit on GitHub:
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