KKCarPlayManager 0.1.3

KKCarPlayManager 0.1.3

Maintained by Weizhong Yang.

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2019 © KKBOX.

KKCarPlayManager provides a simple, clear and declarative way to implement the functionalities of CarPlay.


  • Xcode
  • Swift 4.2 or above
  • iOS 8.0 or above


You can install the package via Swift Package Manager or CocoaPods.


Add KKCarPlayManager to your pod file, then run pod install.

Swift Package Manager

Just add https://github.com/KKBOX/KKCarPlayManager.git to your Package.swift file, or, you can add the package in Xcode 11 by selecting "File" -> "Swift Packages" -> "Add Package Dependency".


The project has an example project. Go to the Example folder, run pod install, open Example.xcworkspace, build and run the example app.

Getting Started

Apple does not allow a CarPlay audio app to customize user interface./ You don't call any method on CarPlay, but let MPPlayableContentManager to call you, discover your contents, and list them in a structured table user interface.

KKCarPlayManager helps you to build your contents into a tree to be discovered. KKCarPlayManager already implemented the data source and delegate of MPPlayableContentManager for you, and all you need to do is to give KKCarPlayManager a root node and its subnodes. For example:

// Import required modules.

import KKCarPlayManager
import MediaPlayer
import AVFoundation

// You should set at least one command of MPRemoteCommandCenter, otherwise
// MPPlayableContentManager won't call it data source and delegate.
MPRemoteCommandCenter.shared().playCommand.addTarget { event in
    return .success

// Create a root node.
let rooNode = KKStaticContainerItem(identifier: "root", title: "Root", children: [
    KKStaticContainerItem(identifier: "folder1", title: "Folder 1", children: [
        PlayItem(identifier: "Song_1_1", title: "Song name", url: "song URL..."),
        PlayItem(identifier: "Song_1_2", title: "Song name", url: "song URL..."),
    KKStaticContainerItem(identifier: "folder_2", title: "Folder 2", children: [
        PlayItem(identifier: "Song_2_1", title: "Song name", url: "song URL..."),
        PlayItem(identifier: "Song_2_2", title: "Song name", url: "song URL...")

// Create your manager.
manager = KKCarPlayManager(rootNode: rooNode)

// Sets the data source and delegate of MPPlayableContentManager to the manager.

Actually these nodes are instances of KKBasicContentItem. It is a subclass of MPContentItem, and you can subclass KKBasicContentItem for your own need.


We added three methods on KKBasicContentItem:

  • KKBasicContentItem.children: A list of KKBasicContentItem.
  • KKBasicContentItem.loadChildren(callback:): Ask the item to load its children.
  • KKBasicContentItem.play(callback:): Play the item.

There are two kinds of items/nodes, one is containers while another is playable items.


A container could be list a playlist or an album. It has it children. When you select a container on the CarPlay screen, KKBasicContentItem.loadChildren(callback:) would be called and the CarPlay screen goes to the next level and present its children items in a table UI.

If you want to load children items from a file or from the Internet, subclass a KKBasicContentItem, set isPlayable to false and isContainer to true, do your loading in KKBasicContentItem.loadChildren(callback:) and remember to call the callback closure.

KKCarPlayManager made a built-in container item type, KKStaticContainerItem. You can just use the class if you have a static list.

Playable Items

A playable item could be a song track, an audio book and so on. When a playable item is selected, the KKBasicContentItem.play(callback:) method would be called and your app should start playing. You should create your own subclasses for playable items in your app, since we are hardly to know how your player works and creates classes for you.

If there is any error while playing, call the callback closure and pass the error, otherwise you can pass nil.

A Full CarPlay Experience

When you want to enable CarPlay in your audio app,

  • You need to have a valid provision profile/entitlement, otherwise your app won't appear on the CarPlay screen. Please contact Apple.
  • You need to enable some commands of MPRemoteCommandCenter, otherwise MPPlayableContentManager won't call its data source and delegate.
  • Enable audio background mode and set the current category of AVAudioSession to .playback, in order to enable background playabck.
  • Set up KKCarPlayManager as we mentioned above.
  • Once there are changes in your tree, call MPPlayableContentManager.shared().beginUpdates() and MPPlayableContentManager.shared().endUpdates().
  • Provide now playing information to MPNowPlayingInfoCenter.

One More Thing

On Xcode 11, you can use Swift UI like syntax to construct the node after importing KKCarPlayManagerExtensions. For example:

let rooNode = KKStaticContainerItem(identifier: "root", title: "Root") {
    KKStaticContainerItem(identifier: "folder1", title: "Folder 1") {
        PlayItem(identifier: "Song_1_1", title: "Song name", url: "song URL...")
        PlayItem(identifier: "Song_1_2", title: "Song name", url: "song URL...")
    KKStaticContainerItem(identifier: "folder_2", title: "Folder 2") {
        PlayItem(identifier: "Song_2_1", title: "Song name", url: "song URL...")
        PlayItem(identifier: "Song_2_2", title: "Song name", url: "song URL...")

Enjoy! 🚗