Install the iOS UI Framework for the User App | Zoho Creator Help

iOS UI 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 UI framework offers predefined view controllers for the components in your Creator application in addition to the capabilities of the core framework. This allows you to include  forms reports , and  pages , directly from your Creator app into your iOS app, and build a custom UI that can interface with the data in your Creator app.

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. Click Mobile from the left pane.
  2. Click on the required row of the iOS app for which you want to configure the UI framework. The For User - SDK  pane will open on the right. 

  3. Click Generate Client.

  4. This will generate the  Client ID, Client secret, 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 UI framework for the user app

  1. Install the Zoho Creator SDK using  Pod :
    1. Add the pod specs to podfile:
      target 'Demo' do
      use_frameworks!
      pod 'ZohoAuth'
      pod 'ZCUIFramework'
      end
      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. Open the folder containing podfile in terminal, then run:
      $ pod install
  2. Add the following to your Objective-C bridging header:
    #import <ZohoAuthKit/ZohoAuth.h> 
  3. Import ZCUIFramework to use Zoho Creator's iOS UI framework:
    import ZCUIFramework
  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)
       }
    
       // ZohoAuth Configuration
    
       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 urlScheme = "<Your Url Scheme>" let accountsUrl = "https://accounts.zoho.com" // enter the accounts URL of your respective DC. For eg: EU users use 'https://accounts.zoho.eu'. ZohoAuth.initWithClientID(clientID, clientSecret: clientSecret, scope: scope, urlScheme: urlScheme, mainWindow: window, accountsURL: accountsUrl) // To verify if the app is already logged in ZohoAuth.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(uiDelegate: self) } } } func scene(_ scene: UIScene, openURLContexts URLContexts: Set <UIOpenURLContext> ) { if let context = URLContexts.first { let _ = ZohoAuth.handleURL(context.url, sourceApplication: context.options.sourceApplication, annotation: context.options.annotation) } } } extension SceneDelegate: ZCUIServiceDelegate { func oAuthToken(with completion: @escaping AccessTokenCompletion) { ZohoAuth.getOauth2Token { (token, error) in completion(token, error) } } func configuration() -> CreatorConfiguration { return CreatorConfiguration(creatorURL: "https://creator.zoho.com") // enter the creator URL of your respective data center (DC). For eg: EU users must use 'https://creator.zoho.eu' } func openURL(for openURLTasks: [OpenUrlTask]) { // Get Call back here when openurl have query string "zc_MobileSDK_HandleOpenURL=true". // eg, https://app.zohocreator.com/appOwner/app-name/#Form:Test_Form?zc_MobileSDK_HandleOpenURL=true } }

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

    Code to provision logout from Zoho:
    func logout() {
     ZohoAuth.revokeAccessToken {
      (error) in
      if error == nil {
       //Logout Successfully
      }
      else {
       //Error Occurred
      }
     }
    }
  5. Add values for the following keys in  ZCAppInfo.plist . These are mandatory parameters for Apple's privacy compliance because their respective services are used in the UI framework.
    'NSCameraUsageDescription', 'NSContactsUsageDescription', 'NSLocationWhenInUseUsageDescription', 'NSMicrophoneUsageDescription', 'NSPhotoLibraryUsageDescription' and 'NSPhotoLibraryAddUsageDescription'

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

  1. Refer to the examples page for sample code snippets.
  2. Familiarize yourself with Mobile SDK for iOS by trying out our sample application here.
  3. Please refer to our iOS SDK documentation for detailed information about the various SDK methods.
  4. To configure push notifications for iOS, refer here.

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