Install the iOS Core Framework for the Customer App | Zoho Creator Help

iOS core framework

This help page is for users in Creator 6. If you are in the older version (Creator 5), click here. Know your Creator version.
The core framework of Creator's iOS SDK allows you to create a custom UI  and build an iOS app using the data present in your Creator application.

Prerequisites

Note: If your Mac is powered by Apple Silicon (M1, M2, etc.), it's recommended to run Xcode with Rosetta enabled. 

When using Xcode 15 on Apple Silicon Macs (i.e., M1, M2 chips) instead of Intel Macs, we currently only support running in the Simulator under Rosetta destinations.

Register your iOS app with Zoho

Registering your iOS app with Zoho generates a  Client ID  and  Client Secret  combination. These are required to allow your iOS app to integrate with your Creator application. To register your iOS app with Zoho:

  1. Navigate to Mobile section on the left pane and click the SDK  tab.
  2. Click on the required row of the iOS app for which you want to configure the core framework. The For Customer - SDK  pane will open on the right.

  3. Click  Generate Client.

  4. This will generate the Client ID, Client secret Portal ID, and RedirectURI  for the iOS app that you want to integrate with your Creator application.

  5. Downloaded the ZCAppInfo.plist file and add it to your project.

Install the iOS core framework for the customer app

  1. Install the Zoho Creator SDK using Pod:
    target 'Demo' do
    use_frameworks!
    pod 'ZohoPortalAuth'
    pod 'ZCCoreFramework'
    end
    post_install do |installer|
    installer.generated_projects.each do |project|
    project.targets.each do |target|
    target.build_configurations.each do |config|
    config.build_settings['CODE_SIGNING_ALLOWED'] = 'NO'
    config.build_settings['IPHONEOS_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET'] = '13.0'
    end
    end
    end
    end
  2. Add the following to your Objective-C bridging header:
    #import <ZohoPortalAuthKit/ZohoPortalAuth.h> 
  3. Import ZCCoreFramework to use Zoho Creator's SDK's iOS core framework:
    import ZCCoreFramework
  4. Configure your project with the following code, for example in the SceneDelegate file:
    class SceneDelegate: UIResponder, UIWindowSceneDelegate {
     var window: UIWindow ?
    
      func scene(_ scene: UIScene, willConnectTo session: UISceneSession, options connectionOptions: UIScene.ConnectionOptions) {
       if let windowScene = scene as? UIWindowScene {
        let window = UIWindow(windowScene: windowScene)
       }
       let scope = ["aaaserver.profile.READ","zohocontacts.userphoto.READ","ZohoContacts.contactapi.READ","ZohoCreator.meta.CREATE","ZohoCreator.meta.READ","ZohoCreator.meta.UPDATE","ZohoCreator.meta.DELETE","ZohoCreator.data.CREATE","ZohoCreator.data.READ","ZohoCreator.data.UPDATE","ZohoCreator.data.DELETE","Stratus.stratusop.READ","ZohoCRM.modules.READ","ZohoCRM.users.READ"]
       let clientID = "<Your Client ID>"
       let clientSecret = "<Your Client Secret>"
       let portalId = "<Your Portal ID>"
       let urlScheme = "<Your Url Scheme>"
       let accountsUrl = "https://accounts.zohoportal.com" // enter the accounts URL of your respective DC. For eg: EU users must use 'https://accounts.zohoportal.eu'
       ZohoPortalAuth.initWithClientID(clientID, clientSecret: clientSecret, portalID: portalId, scope: scope, urlScheme: urlScheme, mainWindow: self.window!, accountsPortalURL: accountsUrl)
    
       // To verify if the app is already logged in
    
       ZohoPortalAuth.getOauth2Token {
        (token, error) in
        if token == nil {
         // Not logged in
         self.showLoginScreen()
        } else {
         // App logged in already.
         // Ensure to use the following line of code in your iOS app before you utilize any of Creator SDK’s methods
         Creator.configure(delegate: self)
        }
       }
      }
    
     func scene(_ scene: UIScene, openURLContexts URLContexts: Set <UIOpenURLContext> ) {
      if let context = URLContexts.first {
       let _ = ZohoPortalAuth.handleURL(context.url,
        sourceApplication: context.options.sourceApplication,
        annotation: context.options.annotation)
      }
     }
    }
    
    extension SceneDelegate: ZCCoreFrameworkDelegate {
     func oAuthToken(with completion: @escaping AccessTokenCompletion) {
      ZohoPortalAuth.getOauth2Token {
       (token, error) in
       completion(token, error)
      }
     }
    }

    Code to add Zoho Portal login to your iOS app:
    func showLoginScreen() {
     ZohoPortalAuth.presentZohoPortalSign( in: {
      (token, error) in
      if token != nil {
       //login success
      }
     })
    }

    Code to provision logout from Zoho Portal:
    func logout() {
     ZohoPortalAuth.revokeAccessToken {
      (error) in
      if error == nil {
       //Logout Successfully
      }
      else {
       //Error Occurred
      }
     }
    }

FAQ

  1. I'm a M1 Mac user and I'm facing issues while adding dependencies. What should I do?
    To proceed further, please use the arch=x86_64 pod install command.

References

  • Please refer to our iOS SDK documentation for detailed information about the various SDK methods.
  • Familiarize yourself with Mobile SDK for iOS by trying out our sample application here.
  • To configure push notifications for iOS, refer here.

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