Get started

Here's how to get started with ArcGIS Runtime API for iOS:

  1. Review system requirements
  2. Install and set up the API
  3. Get an API key (to access services)
  4. Start the Display a map tutorial

1. System requirements

Ensure the correct version of macOS and Xcode are installed and your development environment meets the system requirements.

2. Install and set up

There are two ways to install and use the API in your Xcode project. You can choose the manual download and install process or use CocoaPods. If you are completing the tutorials, choose the manual download and install process.

The manual download installs the API once for all iOS projects.

Download iOS package installer
  1. Download the SDK package installer.
  2. Make sure you have write permissions to the ${HOME}/Library folder.
  3. If you have installed a previous version of ArcGIS Runtime API for iOS on this machine, uninstall it. Otherwise, the previous installation will be overwritten. To uninstall, run the ${HOME}/Library/Application Support/AGSiOSRuntimeSDK/uninstallAGSiOSSDK script in the Terminal application.
  4. After you've downloaded the SDK, double-click the downloaded .pkg file. Follow the install wizard instructions to complete the installation procedure.
  5. Complete the additional steps for configure a project.
  6. By default, the API is installed in ${HOME}/Library/SDKs/ArcGIS. This folder contains the following subfolders: Frameworks, Legal, and Samples.

You can go to the Samples folder and run either the Objective-C or Swift sample to ensure that everything was installed correctly on your machine.

If you encounter installation errors, see the install.log file at /var/log/install.log for more information. A common reason for failure is the installation package was corrupted during download. Try downloading the package again. On rare occasions, the installer may ask you for your username/password during installation. When this happens, the installer finishes successfully but the SDK gets installed in the root directory instead of in your home directory. To resolve this issue, you can manually copy the SDKs folder from the root /Library directory into your user profile's $HOME/Library directory.

The ArcGIS Runtime API for iOS is available as a registered CocoaPod. If you are new to CocoaPods, review learn how to get started with CocoaPods, and then follow these instructions to use this pod within your iOS project:

  1. Add pod 'ArcGIS-Runtime-SDK-iOS', '100.10' to your project's Podfile.
  2. Run the command pod install on the Podfile using the Terminal application. This will download the ArcGIS framework to your machine and place it inside your project's Pod directory. It will also make the necessary changes to your project's build settings to correctly reference the ArcGIS framework and create a new Xcode workspace (.xcworkspace file).

To use the ArcGIS API, open the newly created Xcode workspace and add the following import statement to any of your swift code (.swift) files:

import ArcGIS

3. Get an API key

API keys are required to access ArcGIS services, such as basemaps, geocoding, routing, and others. Visit your dashboard and copy your default API key, or set custom scopes and referrers for your specific needs. Include your API key in the tutorials, samples, and sample apps where required in the instructions.

  1. Log in to your dashboard
  2. Copy your default API key, or generate a new one.

4. Tutorials

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