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Reality-Dev/RealityKit-Collisions 3.0.11
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.

RealityKitCollisions 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This YouTube video is out of date and applies only to the versions of this package before 3.0.0

  • After installing, import RealityKitCollisions 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 wherever you need it (inside of the scope that you will use this package in, or in the global scope) 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 CollisionGroups: Int, CaseIterable {
        case teammates, aliens

This works for up to 32 different groups.

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() {
                             belongsToGroup: CollisionGroups.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.

In order for Swift to infer the type of your collision groups enum, you must specify the type name of your custom collision groups enum at least once in the parameters of the function. i.e. This is why the above parameter was passed in this way: belongsToGroup: CollisionGroups.aliens and not this way: belongsToGroup: .aliens. Because this was written as CollisionGroups.aliens, swift now knows that CollisionGroups is the enum that defines your custom collision groups. Notice, for convenience, how the other input paramters do not have to specify the enum type: andCanCollideWith: [.aliens, .bigRubbberBall, .ground]


  • Be sure to only define ONE collision groups enum. i.e. Creating multiple different enums and passing them to different calls of .setNewCollisionFilter(belongsToGroup:, andCanCollideWith:) will cause unexpected results.

  • 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 wall.setNewCollisionFilter(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.

Option B:

 Include a group in your enum spelled exactly as "sceneMesh" like this:
         public enum MyCustomCollisionGroups: Int, CaseIterable {
             case sceneMesh, teammates, aliens

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

        boxAnchor.steelBox!.setNewCollisionFilter(belongsToGroup: CollisionGroups.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) {

CollisionComponent.makeCollisionFilter 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. The returned filter is then inserted into the CollisionComponent initializer as the "filter:" parameter. Here is an example:

let newCollisonFilter = CollisionComponent.makeCollisionFilter(belongsToGroup: CollisionGroups.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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Please feel free to contribute by making a fork & pull request.


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