iOS SDK

Instructions to integrate Chartbeat's iOS SDK to your native app.

Add the SDK to your app

The Chartbeat iOS SDK is a framework written in Swift and Objective-C providing Chartbeat tracking functionality to native iOS apps. Like any other framework added to your project, the Chartbeat SDK provides a programming interface usable from your app code.

We recommend adding the SDK to your iOS project using CocoaPods. To start using the Chartbeat iOS SDK in your XCode iOS project, follow these steps:

  1. Add a line referencing the SDK to your project's Podfile: pod ‘Chartbeat’, '~> 0.0.1'

  2. Replace the version specifier in this Podfile line with the version of the latest release from this listing

  3. Run pod install from your Xcode project directory to install the SDK and its dependencies, creating a new Xcode workspace.

Outside of using CocoaPods, you can also download the latest version of the iOS SDK from Github and copy it into your project.

Using the SDK

Chartbeat tracks each app visit by calling corresponding functions as the user interacts with your app. Implement the following steps for integrating the Chartbeat Mobile SDK for iOS.

Initialize the tracker

At app startup, import the CBTracker.h file in your app’s delegate.

Objective-C:

#import <Chartbeat/CBTracker.h>

Swift:

#import "CBTracker.h"

Initialize the tracker by calling the method on the tracker singleton obtained via [CBTracker sharedTracker]. Call this method directly in the applicationDidBecomeActive method of your app delegate.

Tip: Remember to replace placeholder account ID and domain values 1234 and mysite.com with your organization's account ID and site ID.

Objective-C:

[[CBTracker sharedTracker] setupTrackerWithAccountId:1234 domain:@"mysite.com"];

Swift 2.x:

CBTracker.sharedTracker().setupTracker(withAccountId: 1234, domain: "mysite.com")

Swift 3.x:

CBTracker.shared().setupTracker(withAccountId: 1234, domain: "mysite.com")

Track user subscriber status

Beginning with Chartbeat iOS SDK 1.4.0, the Chartbeat Mobile SDK supports tracking subscriber data similar to our JavaScript subscriber engagement integration for standard websites. These functions are optional and can be skipped if your corresponding website does not utilize our JavaScript subscriber status integration linked above.

For proper tracking, it is important to call these functions before the first call to trackView():

Call setUserPaid() to specify a user as a paid subscriber.

Call setUserLoggedIn() to specify a user as a registered user.

Call setUserAnonymous() to specify a user as unregistered.

No additional information needs to be passed to these methods or functions. If at any time the user’s subscription status changes, simply call one of the above functions to ensure proper tracking.

Track screen views

Add the trackView code (below) to any view you want Chartbeat to track.

If you have views in your app that do not correspond to a page on your website, you can track user interactions on that screen by setting a viewId that does not conflict with other page paths from your site. Traffic for this view will then be tracked as a separate page in your dashboard. For example, you can track users in your app’s table of contents by setting the viewId to something like /nativeapp/main-toc.

Pass section and author data for every view you track to ensure consistency between different views. Call setSections and setAuthors with an array of strings for each before calling trackView. Any sections and authors you set will stay set until you set a different set of values. If the user is navigating from a view with sections or authors to another view with no applicable sections or authors, you should set the sections or authors to an empty array.

Objective-C:

[[CBTracker sharedTracker] trackView:self.view
viewId:@"https://blog.chartbeat.com/2019/01/01/product-release-announcement" title:@"Product Release Announcement"];

Swift:

CBTracker.shared().trackView(
self.view,
viewId:
"https://blog.chartbeat.com/2019/01/01/product-release-announcement",
title: "Product Release Announcement"
)

Stop the tracker

Call the stopTracker function if you want to pause tracking on certain views. Restart the tracker when the user navigates to a view you do want to track, by calling trackView again with the appropriate new arguments.

The tracker should automatically stop tracking when the app is backgrounded by a user. If tracking does not stop automatically, consider calling stopTracker before the app is backgrounded.

The same applies for when the app is foregrounded. The tracker should automatically resume, but if this does not happen, you can restart the tracker by calling trackView again with the appropriate new arguments.

Tip: When you run the tracker in debug mode, you can see log statements in the console to confirm the activity of the tracker.

Next steps

Review your integration for data accuracy using our integration QA steps for mobile apps, up next.