Iterable-iOS-SDK 6.0.6

Iterable-iOS-SDK 6.0.6

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Iterable iOS SDK

Iterable-iOS-SDK is a Swift implementation of an iOS client for Iterable, for iOS versions 9.0 and higher.

Before Starting

Before you even start with the SDK, you will need to setup Iterable push notifications for your app.

For more information, see Getting Started Guide.

Automatic Installation (via CocoaPods)

Iterable supports CocoaPods for easy installation. If you don't have it yet, please refer to this document to install Cocoapods.

To include the Iterable SDK in your project, edit the Podfile and add the Iterable-iOS-SDK pod to your app target:

pod 'Iterable-iOS-SDK'

If you want to include Iterable Rich Notification Extension you will also need to include the Iterable-iOS-AppExtensions pod to your extension target:

pod 'Iterable-iOS-AppExtensions'

Please look at the included sample pod file HERE.

Congratulations! You have now imported Iterable SDK into your project!

Manual Installation

Attached to the release you will find two framework bundles.

  1. In XCode choose the target for your app. Now add IterableSDK.framework to the embedded binaries section. If you want to use Iterable Rich Notification Extension, you will have to add IterableAppExtensions.framework to the embedded binaries section as well.


  2. If you want to use Iterable Rich Notifiation Extension, you will need to add IterableAppExtension.framework to Linked Frameworks and Libraries section of your app extension target (not app target). Please note that you will have to add the IterableAppExtension.framework bundle to both the app target (step 1) and app extension target (step 2) of your project. In the app target it goes in the 'Embedded Binaries' section and in app extension target it goes in the 'Linked Frameworks and Libraries' section.


  3. In build settings, set Always Embed Swift Standard Libraries setting to 'Yes'. This is required for Objective C projects.


Initializing the SDK

Note: Sample projects are included in this repo.

  1. Initialize the API with API key.

    In your app delegate, on application launch in application:didFinishLaunchingWithOptions: method, initialize the Iterable SDK:


    let config = IterableConfig()
    config.pushIntegrationName = "<your-iterable-push-integration-name>"
    IterableAPI.initialize(apiKey: "<your-api-key>", launchOptions: launchOptions, config:config)


    IterableConfig *config = [[IterableConfig alloc] init];
    config.pushIntegrationName = @"<your-iterable-push-integration-name>";
    [IterableAPI initializeWithApiKey:@"<your-api-key>" launchOptions:launchOptions config:config]

    See the Iterable guide on how to setup your Iterable push integration and obtain push integration name here.

  2. Set userId or email.

    Once you know the email or userId of the user, set the value.

    Swift: = "[email protected]"

    Objective-C: = @"[email protected]";
  3. Send Remote Notification Token to Iterable


    func application(_ application: UIApplication, didRegisterForRemoteNotificationsWithDeviceToken deviceToken: Data) {
    	IterableAPI.register(token: deviceToken)


    - (void)application:(UIApplication *)application didRegisterForRemoteNotificationsWithDeviceToken:(NSData *)deviceToken {
    	[IterableAPI registerToken:deviceToken];

    See example in sample app delegate here.

Congratulations! You can now send remote push notifications to your device from Iterable! Please note that you can't send push notifications until you set the userId or email. Please see sample applications to see a reference implementation.

Using the SDK

  1. Handle Push Notifications

    When the user taps on the push notification or one of the action buttons, the system calls UNUserNotificationCenterDelegate's userNotificationCenter:didReceiveNotificationResponse:withCompletionHandler:. Pass this call to IterableAppIntegration to track push open event and perform the associated action (see below for custom action and URL delegates).


    public func userNotificationCenter(_ center: UNUserNotificationCenter, didReceive response: UNNotificationResponse, withCompletionHandler completionHandler: @escaping () -> Void) {
    	IterableAppIntegration.userNotificationCenter(center, didReceive: response, withCompletionHandler: completionHandler)


    - (void)userNotificationCenter:(UNUserNotificationCenter *)center didReceiveNotificationResponse:(UNNotificationResponse *)response withCompletionHandler:(void (^)(void))completionHandler {
    	[IterableAppIntegration userNotificationCenter:center didReceiveNotificationResponse:response withCompletionHandler:completionHandler];
  2. Deep Linking
    • Handling Links from Push Notifications

      Push notifications and action buttons may have openUrl actions attached to them. When a URL is specified, the SDK first calls urlDelegate specified in your IterableConfig object. You can use this delegate to handle openUrl actions the same way as you handle normal deep links. If the delegate is not set or if it returns false (the default), the SDK will open Safari with that URL. If you want to navigate to a UIViewController on receiving a deep link, you should do so in the urlDelegate.

      In the code below, DeepLinkHandler is a custom handler which is reponsible for deep link navigation. You have to provide implementation for deep link navigation. Please see sample application for a reference implementation.


       func application(_ application: UIApplication, didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: [UIApplicationLaunchOptionsKey: Any]?) -> Bool {
       	// Initialize Iterable API
       	let config = IterableConfig()
       	config.urlDelegate = self
       	IterableAPI.initialize(apiKey: apiKey, launchOptions:launchOptions, config: config)
       // Iterable URL Delegate. It will be called when you receive 
       // an `openUrl` event from push notification.
       func handle(iterableURL url: URL, inContext context: IterableActionContext) -> Bool {
       	return DeeplinkHandler.handle(url: url)


       - (BOOL)application:(UIApplication *)application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:(NSDictionary *)launchOptions {
       	// Initialize Iterable SDK
       	IterableConfig *config = [[IterableConfig alloc] init];
       	config.urlDelegate = self;
       	[IterableAPI initializeWithApiKey:@"YOUR API KEY" launchOptions:launchOptions config:config];
       - (BOOL)handleIterableURL:(NSURL *)url context:(IterableActionContext *)context {
       	// Assuming you have a DeeplinkHandler class that handles all deep link URLs and navigates to the right place in the app
       	return [DeeplinkHandler handleUrl:url];
    • Handling Email Links

      For Universal Links to work with link rewriting in emails, you need to set up apple-app-site-association file in the Iterable project. More instructions here: Setting up iOS Universal Links.

      When an email link is clicked your UIApplicationDelegate's application:continueUserActivity:restorationHandler: method is called. If you already have an Iterable urlDelegate defined (see Handling Links from Push Notifications section above), the same handler can be used for email deep links by calling handleUniversalLink:.


       func application(_ application: UIApplication, continue userActivity: NSUserActivity, restorationHandler: @escaping ([Any]?) -> Void) -> Bool {
       	guard let url = userActivity.webpageURL else {
       		return false
       	// This will track the click, retrieve the original URL and call `handleIterableURL:context:` with the original URL
       	return IterableAPI.handle(universalLink: url)


       - (BOOL)application:(UIApplication *)application continueUserActivity(NSUserActivity *)userActivity restorationHandler:(void (^)(NSArray *restorableObjects))restorationHandler {
       	// This will track the click, retrieve the original URL and call `handleIterableURL:context:` with the original URL
       	return [IterableAPI handleUniversalLink:userActivity.webpageURL];

      Alternatively, call getAndTrackDeeplink along with a callback to handle the original deeplink url. You can use this method for any incoming URLs, as it will execute the callback without changing the URL for non-Iterable URLs.


       func application(_ application: UIApplication, continue userActivity: NSUserActivity, restorationHandler: @escaping ([Any]?) -> Void) -> Bool {
       	guard let url = userActivity.webpageURL else {
       		return false
       	IterableAPI.getAndTrack(deeplink: url) { (originalUrl) in
       		// Handle original url deeplink here
       	return true


       - (BOOL)application:(UIApplication *)application
       		continueUserActivity(NSUserActivity *)userActivity 
       		restorationHandler:(void (^)(NSArray *restorableObjects))restorationHandler {
       	[IterableAPI getAndTrackDeeplink:iterableLink callbackBlock:^(NSString* originalURL) {
       		//Handle Original URL deeplink here
       	return true;
  3. InApp Notifications

    To display the user's InApp notifications call spawnInAppNotification with a defined ITEActionBlock callback handler. When a user clicks a button on the notification, the defined handler is called and passed the action name defined in the InApp template.

    InApp opens and button clicks are automatically tracked when the notification is called via spawnInAppNotification. Using spawnInAppNotification, the notification is consumed and removed from the user's in-app messages queue. If you want to retain the messages on the queue, look at using getInAppMessages directly. If you use getInAppMessages you will need to manage the in-app opens manually in the callback handler.

  4. Tracking Custom Events

    Custom events can be tracked using IterableAPI.track(event:...) calls.

  5. Updating User Fields

    User fields can be modified using IterableAPI.updateUser call. You also have updateEmail and updateSubscriptions methods.

  6. Disabling Push Notifications to a Device

    When a user logs out, you typically want to disable push notifications to that user/device. This can be accomplished by calling disableDeviceForCurrentUser. Please note that it will only attempt to disable the device if you have previously called registerToken.

    In order to re-enable push notifcations to that device, simply call registerToken as usual when the user logs back in.

  7. Uninstall Tracking

    Iterable will track uninstalls with no additional work by you.

    This is implemented by sending a second push notification some time (currently, twelve hours) after the original campaign. If we receive feedback that the device's token is no longer valid, we assign an uninstall to the device, attributing it to the most recent campaign within twelve hours. A "real" campaign send (as opposed to the later "ghost" send) can also trigger recording an uninstall. In this case, if there was no previous campaign within the attribution period, an uninstall will still be tracked, but it will not be attributed to any campaign.

Rich Push Notifications

Push notifications may contain media attachments with images, animated gifs or video, and with an upcoming update, there will be a way to create action buttons. For this to work within your app, you need to create a Notification Service Extension. More instructions here: Rich Push Notifications in iOS 10 and Android - Media Attachments.
Iterable SDK provides an implementation that handles media attachments and action buttons. If you are calling Iterable SDK from Swift, all you need to do is inherit from it. If you are using Objective-C, you will have to delegate to the implementation provided. Please see example below:

// If the target name for the notification extension is 'MyAppNotificationExtension'
target 'MyAppNotificationExtension' do
	pod 'Iterable-iOS-AppExtensions'
Notification Service Extension


import UserNotifications
import IterableAppExtensions

class NotificationService: ITBNotificationServiceExtension {

Objective-C: You can not inherit in case of Objective C. You will have to delegate like below.

// File: NotificationService.m 
#import "NotificationService.h"

@import IterableAppExtensions;

@interface NotificationService ()

@property (nonatomic, strong) ITBNotificationServiceExtension *baseExtension;

@implementation NotificationService
- (void)didReceiveNotificationRequest:(UNNotificationRequest *)request withContentHandler:(void (^)(UNNotificationContent * _Nonnull))contentHandler {

	self.baseExtension = [[ITBNotificationServiceExtension alloc] init];
	[self.baseExtension didReceiveNotificationRequest:request withContentHandler:contentHandler];

- (void)serviceExtensionTimeWillExpire {
	[self.baseExtension serviceExtensionTimeWillExpire];

Additional Information

See our setup guide for more information.

Also see our push notification setup FAQs.


The MIT License


Want to Contribute?

This library is open source, and we will look at pull requests!

See CONTRIBUTING for more information.