PluggableApplicationDelegate 0.2.0

PluggableApplicationDelegate 0.2.0

LangLanguage SwiftSwift
License MIT
ReleasedLast Release May 2017
SwiftSwift Version 3.0
SPMSupports SPM

Maintained by Fernando Ortiz.

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  • fmo91



AppDelegate is a traditional example of bad code. Lots of line of code that makes so much different things are put together in methods that are called within the application life cycle. But all of those concerns are over. Using PluggableApplicationDelegate you decouple AppDelegate from the services that you plug to it. Each ApplicationService has its own life cycle that is shared with AppDelegate.

At a glance

Let see some code. Here is how a ApplicationService is like:

import Foundation
import PluggableApplicationDelegate

final class LoggerApplicationService: NSObject, ApplicationService {
    func application(_ application: UIApplication, didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: [UIApplicationLaunchOptionsKey : Any]? = nil) -> Bool {

        print("It has started!")

        return true

    func applicationDidEnterBackground(_ application: UIApplication) {
        print("It has entered background")

That’s all. It is exactly the same as a AppDelegate. Think of ApplicationService as sub-AppDelegates.

In AppDelegate you just have to inherit from PluggableApplicationDelegate to register the services.

import UIKit
import PluggableApplicationDelegate

class AppDelegate: PluggableApplicationDelegate {

    override var services: [ApplicationService] {
        return [

Yes. That’s all. Simple.

How does this work?

You may want to read my Medium post about Pluggable App Delegate. Basically, you do an inversion of control. Instead of let AppDelegate instantiate your dependencies, perform actions at every step of its life cycle, you create objects that share the AppDelegate life cycle and plug them into your AppDelegate. Those objects are observers of the AppDelegate. Your AppDelegate has the only responsibility of notify them about its life cycle events.


To run the example project, clone the repo, and run pod install from the Example directory first.


PluggableApplicationDelegate requires Swift 3.0 or above.


PluggableApplicationDelegate is available through CocoaPods. To install it, simply add the following line to your Podfile:

pod "PluggableApplicationDelegate", :git => ""


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PluggableApplicationDelegate is available under the MIT license. See the LICENSE file for more info.