Initial SDK Setup
Note: Our tvOS SDK currently supports analytics functionality and fetching News Feed data. To add a tvOS app in your dashboard please contact
Installing the Appboy SDK will provide you with basic analytics functionality.
The tvOS Appboy SDK should be installed or updated using CocoaPods, a dependency manager for Objective-C and Swift projects. CocoaPods provides added simplicity for integration and updating.
Time Estimate: 5-10 Minutes
tvOS SDK CocoaPod Integration
Step 1: Install CocoaPods
Installing the SDK via the tvOS CocoaPod automates the majority of the installation process for you. Before beginning this process please ensure that you are using Ruby version 2.0.0 or greater. Don’t worry, knowledge of Ruby syntax isn’t necessary to install this SDK.
Simply run the following command to get started:
$ sudo gem install cocoapods
Note: If you are prompted to overwrite the
rake executable please refer to the Getting Started Directions on CocoaPods.org for further details.
Note: If you have issues regarding CocoaPods, please refer to the CocoaPods Troubleshooting Guide.
Step 2: Constructing the Podfile
Now that you’ve installed the CocoaPods Ruby Gem, you’re going to need to create a file in your Xcode project directory named
If you are using Xcode 8+, add the following line to your Podfile:
target 'YourAppTarget' do pod 'Appboy-tvOS-SDK' end
If you are using Xcode 7 or earlier, please use SDK version 2.23.
Note: We suggest you version Appboy so pod updates automatically grab anything smaller than a minor version update. This looks like ‘pod ‘Appboy-tvOS-SDK’ ~> Major.Minor.Build’. If you want to integrate the latest version of Appboy SDK automatically even with major changes, you can use
pod 'Appboy-tvOS-SDK' in your Podfile.
If you would like to see an example, see the Podfile within our Stopwatch Sample Application.
Step 3: Installing the Appboy SDK
To install the Appboy SDK Cocoapod, navigate to the directory of your Xcode app project within your terminal and run the following command:
At this point you should be able to open the new Xcode project workspace created by CocoaPods.
Step 4: Updating your App Delegate
Add the following line of code to your
AppDelegate.m file, add the following snippet within your
[Appboy startWithApiKey:@"YOUR-API-KEY" inApplication:application withLaunchOptions:launchOptions];
If you are integrating the Appboy SDK with Cocoapods or Carthage, add the following line of code to your
For more information about using Objective-C code in Swift projects, please see the Apple Developer Docs.
AppDelegate.swift, add following snippet to your
application(application: UIApplication, didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: [NSObject: AnyObject]?) -> Bool:
Appboy.start(withApiKey: "YOUR-API-KEY", in:application, withLaunchOptions:launchOptions)
sharedInstance singleton will be nil before
startWithApiKey: is called, as that is a prerequisite to using any Appboy functionality.
Note: Be sure to update
YOUR-API-KEY with the correct value from your App Settings page.
Note: Be sure to initialize Appboy in your application’s main thread.
AppDelegate.m file in the Stopwatch sample app.
SDK Integration Complete
Appboy should now be collecting data from your application and your basic integration should be complete.
Updating the Appboy SDK via CocoaPods
To update a Cocoapod simply run the following commands within your project directory:
Customizing Appboy On Startup
If you wish to customize Appboy on startup, you can instead use the Appboy initialization method
startWithApiKey:inApplication:withLaunchOptions:withAppboyOptions and pass in an optional
NSDictionary of Appboy startup keys.
AppDelegate.m file, within your
application:didFinishLaunchingWithOptions method, add the following Appboy method:
[Appboy startWithApiKey:@"YOUR-API-KEY" inApplication:application withLaunchOptions:launchOptions withAppboyOptions:appboyOptions];
AppDelegate.swift, within your
application(application: UIApplication, didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: [NSObject: AnyObject]?) -> Bool method, add the following Appboy method:
Appboy.startWithApiKey("YOUR-API-KEY", inApplication:application, withLaunchOptions:launchOptions, withAppboyOptions:appboyOptions)
appboyOptions is a
Dictionary of startup configuration values.
Note: This method would replace the
startWithApiKey:inApplication:withLaunchOptions: initialization method from above.
This method is called with the following parameters:
YOUR-API-KEY– Your application’s API Key from the Appboy Dashboard
application– The current app
launchOptions– The options
NSDictionarythat you get from
appboyOptions– An optional
NSDictionarywith startup configuration values for Appboy
See Appboy.h for a list of Appboy startup keys.
Appboy.sharedInstance() and Swift nullability
Differing somewhat from common practice, the
Appboy.sharedInstance() singleton is optional. The reason for this is that, as noted above,
startWithApiKey: is called, and there are some non-standard but not-invalid implementations in which a delayed initialization can be used.
If you call
startWithApiKey: in your
didFinishLaunchingWithOptions: delegate before any access to Appboy’s
sharedInstance (the standard implementation), you can use optional chaining, like
Appboy.sharedInstance()?.changeUser("testUser"), to avoid cumbersome checks. This will have parity with an Objective-C implementation that assumed a non-null
Manual Integration Options
You can also integrate our tvOS SDK manually - simply grab the Framework from our Public Repo and initialize Appboy as outlined above.
Identifying Users and Reporting Analytics
See our iOS documentation for information about setting user ids, logging custom events, settting user attributes.