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Developer(s) Strobe Inc., Sproutit, Apple Inc. and community.
Initial release 2010 (2010)
Stable release 1.11.0 / February 2, 2015; 9 months ago (2015-02-02)
Development status Active
Written in Ruby/JavaScript
Operating system Cross-platform
License MIT License
Website www.sproutcore.com

SproutCore is an open-source JavaScript framework. Its goal is to allow developers to create web applications with advanced capabilities and a user experience comparable to that of desktop applications. When developing a SproutCore application, all code is written in JavaScript. A notable fork of SproutCore is Ember.js. Both projects are maintained separately and have taken different directions.


SproutCore, initially created in 2007 by Sproutit as the basis for their Mailroom application, is available under the MIT License.

Apple announced MobileMe at WWDC in 2008, noting that much of it was built using SproutCore. Apple has contributed greatly to the project as part of a Web 2.0 initiative. SproutCore was also used at iWork.com,[1] the online extension of the iWork productivity software by Apple.

The latest major stable SproutCore release is 1.8, released on March 7, 2012,[2] with many bug fixes, several new features, and documentation updates. Release 1.6 was largely a bugfix release, building on the previous 1.5 release. SproutCore 1.5 contained significant updates to view layers, added a new CSS parser that builds off of SCSS, WAI-ARIA support, modular loading, and additional features. The previous major release, SproutCore 1.4, included touch support for mobile devices, released on September 20, 2010.[3]

In June 2010, the creator of SproutCore, Charles Jolley, left Apple to start Strobe Inc., which provides SproutCore support and continues development.[4]

In May 2011, the SproutCore team announced SproutCore 2.0, a rebuilt version of the framework designed to expose the MVC underpinnings without requiring developers to use the included widget set. The team also emphasized the importance of reducing file size to support developing applications for mobile devices.[5]

In July 2011, a new project, SproutCore UI, was announced. SproutCore UI is designed to provide common user interface elements for developers targeting mobile devices.[6]

In November 2011 Facebook acquired the Strobe team[7] in a deal Facebook described as a talent acquisition.[8]

SproutCore 1.x codebase would continue releasing and was under active development by the core team and SproutCore community.[9]

Appnovation Technologies currently provides community support[10] for SproutCore.



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159 news items

The Guardian

The Guardian
Mon, 21 Sep 2015 09:13:03 -0700

While baby pears and Geddes's pictures depict human infants emerging from bean stalks, flower or seed pods, “sproutcore”, as the Chinese fashion has been named, makes it look like a human is growing a plant out of his or her head. Like Dr Seuss's ...

People Magazine

People Magazine
Tue, 22 Sep 2015 13:24:59 -0700

It's been a while since we had an absurd fashion trend tagged with "-core" – did Health Goth count? – so Beijing has stepped up with something called "Sproutcore." The look is achieved with the help of barrettes affixed with faux-vegetation that may ...


Mon, 23 Nov 2015 15:42:27 -0800

Of China's many green fascinations (Exhibit A: Sproutcore), here's one that seems like it's actually going to change the country for the better: “sponge cities.” Nope, a sponge city isn't a metropolis built from retired dishwashing sponges. Nor is it ...

The New Daily

The New Daily
Fri, 25 Sep 2015 05:56:15 -0700

In Beijing, #sproutcore is everywhere. Whether real sprouts, plastic sprouts or felt sprouts, people are pinning the plant to their heads. Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 10.06.58 am The motivation for this is a little harder to pin down. It may or may not ...

The New Daily

The New Daily
Fri, 13 Nov 2015 03:36:51 -0800

Dormcore first reared its bedhead in late 2014 before fading into the background in favour of sproutcore, dandy wildmen and huns. But thanks to a brave move from one man – actor Woody Harrelson – it's back at the forefront of fashion once again ...

Apple Insider

Apple Insider
Mon, 19 Apr 2010 14:15:26 -0700

The open source SproutCore framework—which Apple invested in to create its suite of MobileMe apps—has been cross-pollinating with HTML5 features to develop in new directions, including a new interface builder, rich support for multitouch, and a ...


Tue, 08 Nov 2011 08:41:36 -0800

Facebook has apparently completed yet another small acquisition, snapping up HTML5 app distribution platform company Strobe. In a blog post, Strobe founder (and creator of open source JavaScript framework SproutCore) Charles Jolley says the Strobe ...


Mon, 09 Mar 2015 06:28:19 -0700

But then along came EmberJS (born from the ashes of SproutCore), then AngularJS, then ReactJS.... You get the picture. Change is the one constant in tech, generally, but nowhere is this more true than in the fast-changing world of JavaScript. Every ...

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