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This is a convenience API for setting Collision Filters in RealityKi
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This is a convenience API for setting Collision Filters in RealityKit.

CollisionFilters Example 1


Collision Filters determine what group an entity belongs to, and what groups of entities it can collide with. This package creates a convenient way to generate and assign these groups, instead of just using a CollisionFilter of ".default" or ".sensor" which collide with everything.

Minimum Requirements

  • Swift 5.2
  • iOS 13.0 (RealityKit)
  • Xcode 11


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See the Example for a full working example.

In AR: Tap or swipe on the big rubber ball to watch it collide with only the green aliens and not the teammates. If you run this app on a LiDAR-enabled device, the entities will also collide with the scene mesh.


This YouTube video shows these steps in practice.

  • After installing, import CollisionFilters to your .swift file

If you want to run code when collision events occur, see this article

  • To allow you to add your own custom collision groups you must first define them: Copy and paste this enum in the global scope (not contained within a class, struct, etc.) and replace the case names with the collision groups you want to have in your own app. You could make one like this if you wanted to have "teammates" and "aliens" groups:
    public enum MyCustomCollisionGroups: String, CaseIterable {
        case teammates, aliens

This works for up to 32 different groups.

Next, as shown in the example, your project must contain a class that you have conformed to the HasCollisionGroups protocol, such as this one: class ViewController: UIViewController, HasCollisionGroups {} This class must now refer to the enum that you just made, like this: typealias CollisionGroupsEnum = MyCustomCollisionGroups

Next, call the "setNewCollisionFilter()" function for any entity that you want to use it on. Here is an example:

class ViewController: UIViewController {
   override func viewDidLoad() {
       setNewCollisionFilter(thisEntity: aliensScene.alien1!,
                             belongsToGroup: .aliens,
                             andCanCollideWith: [.aliens, .bigRubbberBall, .ground])

^Now the "alien1" entity belongs to the group "aliens" and can collide with entities that have been explicitly placed inside of the "aliens," "bigRubbberBall," and "ground" groups.

  • Note: groups do not automatically collide with their own group. For example, one balloon does not automatically collide with another balloon unless the "balloons" group was specified as part of the "andCanCollideWith" array.

  • Note: an entity does not automatically belong to any group. For example, if you make a wall entity and name it "wall," you must still call -- setNewCollisionFilter(thisEntity: wall, belongsToGroup: .walls, andCanCollideWith: [ ]) -- in order to add the wall entity to the "walls" group.

  • Note: If an entity does not already have a CollisionComponent, then setNewCollisionFilter() will automatically add one to the entity for you, recursively generating collision shapes for all descendants of the entity as well.

To allow the entity to collide with the scene mesh on Lidar-enabled devices: Option A: Call this method AFTER calling setNewCollisionFilter() if you intend on calling both methods. addCollisionWithLiDARMesh(on entity: Entity) Option B: Include a group in your enum spelled exactly as "sceneMesh" like this:

         public enum MyCustomCollisionGroups: String, CaseIterable {
             case sceneMesh, teammates, aliens

And then use that sceneMesh group in the setNewCollisionFilter method just like any other group, like this:

    setNewCollisionFilter(thisEntity: boxAnchor.steelBox!, belongsToGroup: .teammates, andCanCollideWith: [.sceneMesh, .aliens])

Using either option, copy and paste the runLiDARConfiguration() function from the example project into your project and call it. This is how you check if the user is on a LiDAR-enabled device:

if ARWorldTrackingConfiguration.supportsSceneReconstruction(.mesh) {

returnNewCollisionFilter Does Not set a filter on an entity, but it returns a filter. This is useful when you want to use a custom shape and mode on your CollisionComponent. It is inserted into the CollisionComponent initializer as the "filter:" parameter. Here is an example:

let newCollisonFilter = returnNewCollisionFilter(belongsToGroup: .teammates,
                                                 andCanCollideWith: [.aliens, .ground,.bigRubbberBall])
let newCollisionComponent = CollisionComponent(shapes: [ShapeResource.generateBox(size: .one)],
                   mode: .trigger,
                   filter: newCollisonFilter)
myEntity.components[CollisionComponent.self] = newCollisionComponent

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If you see a way things can be done better please feel free to contribute by making a fork & pull request.


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