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A simple yet elegant way of waching anime on your favorite anime websites. NineAnimator is a free and open source anime watching app for iOS. GPLv3 Licensed.

Copyright © 2018-2019 Marcus Zhou. All rights reserved.

NineAnimator is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

NineAnimator is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with NineAnimator.  If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.

Table of Contents

Features

  • [x] Ads Free and no logins
  • [x] Super-duper clean UIs + Dark Mode
  • [x] Get notifications when new episodes come out
  • [x] iOS's native video playback interface
  • [x] Picture in Picture playback on iPads
  • [x] Chromecast/Google Cast with lockscreen & control center support
  • [x] Playback History & Auto Resumes
  • [x] Support Multiple Anime Websites
  • [x] Integration with HomeKit
  • [x] Handoff & Siri Shortcuts
  • [x] Download & play episodes offline
  • [x] Third party anime listing & tracking websites
  • [ ] Custom anime lists, e.g. favorites and to-watch list (currently retrieved from tracking websites; mutations are work-in-progress)

Google Cast

NineAnimator supports playing back on both AirPlay (via iOS's native media player) and Chromecast/Google Cast devices. However, not all of the steaming sources are supported on Chromecast. Check Video Sources for details.

To use Google Cast in NineAnimator, tap on the Google Cast icon on the navigation bar. A window will pop up to prompt you to select a playback device. Once the device is connected, click "Done" and select an episode from the episode list. The video will starts playing automatically on the Google Cast device.

The playback control interface will appear once the playback starts. You may use the volume up/down buttons to adjust the volume.

To disconnect from a Google Cast device, tap on the Google Cast icon on the navigation bar and tap the device that is already connected.

Picture in Picture Playback

This feature is only supported on iPads.

The Picture in Picture (PiP) icon will appear on the top left corner of the player once PiP is ready. You may tap on this icon to initiate PiP playback. To restore fullscreen playback, tap the restore button on the PiP window.

Notifications & Subscription

Subscribing anime in NineAnimator is implemented with iOS's Background Application Refresh. NineAnimator will actively polls the available episodes and compares it with locally cached episodes.

To subscribe an anime, swipe on the anime from left to right in the Recents tab.

Or simply tap on the subscribe button when you are viewing any anime.

Smart Home Integration

NineAnimator can be configurated to run Home scenes when the playback starts and ends. The default behavior is to only run the scenes when the video is playing on external screens (e.g. Google Cast, AirPlay). However, you may change that in the Preference -> Home panel.

  • NineAnimator runs Starts Playing scene immedietly after the video starts playing
  • The Ends Playing scene will be performed 15 seconds before video playback ends

See Notifications and HomeController for implementation details.

Handoff & Siri Shortcuts

NineAnimator supports iOS's handoff and Siri Shortcuts. This enables you to seemlessly switch between devices when browsing and viewing anime.

When you browse an anime, depending on the device you are using, NineAnimator icon will show up on the dock (iPad) or the task switcher of your other devices. You may tap on the icon to continue browsing or watching on the new device.

To add a siri shortcut, navigate to the system preferences app. Find NineAnimator under the root menu, tap Siri & Search, then tap Shortcuts.

Backup History and Playback Progresses

NineAnimator can export the recently watched anime list and the playback histories to a .naconfig file. You may use this file to restore anime to the Recents tab or sync progresses between devices.

Navigate to the preferences menu and tap on the Export History, a share menu will pop up.

Some updates of NineAnimator or improper operations may cause the anime under the Recents tab to disappear. Thus it is always a good habit to regularly backup the playback histories and progresses.

Importing Modes

There are three ways to import a .naconfig file. When you open a .naconfig file, NineAnimator will prompt you to choose one.

  • Replace Current: Choosing this option will replace all local playback histories and progresses with the ones contained in the .naconfig file.
  • Merge - Pioritize Local: Choosing this option will merge the histories stored in the .naconfig file with local history. Local histories will be showed on top in the Recents tab. NineAnimator will prefer the local version of any data if it is present in both the importing .naconfig file and the local database.
  • Merge - Pioritize Importing: Choosing this option will merge the histories stored in the .naconfig file with local history. The importing histories will be showed on top in the Recents tab. NineAnimator will prefer the importing version of any data if it is present in both the importing .naconfig file and the local database.

.naconfig File

The .naconfig is essentially a binary, property list encoded dictionary with three entries:

  • history: A list of serialized AnimeLink objects from the recently watched tab.
  • progresses: A dictionary keyed by the episode identifier for the persisted playback progresses.
  • exportedDate: The Date that this file is generated.

See StatesSerialization.swift for implementation details.

Download Episodes

NineAnimator can download episodes for later playback. Tap on the cloud icon in the anime browser to initiate download tasks. Downloaded episodes will appear in the Recents tab.

There are some limitations to NineAnimator's ability to download and playback videos:

  • NineAnimator only supports downloading videos from a selection of streaming sources
  • Downloaded videos are only available to local playback. You may encounter problems playing offline episodes on AirPlay devices, and, if you are connected to a Google Cast device, NineAnimator will still attempt to fetch online resources for playback.

Screenshots

Light Appearance

| Featured Anime | Recently Viewed | Search | | ------------------- | ------------------- | -------- | | 1 | 2 | 3 |

| Search Results | Choose Episodes | Downloads | | ----------------- | -------------------- | --------------- | | 4 | 5 | 6 |

| Featured Anime (iPad) | Picture in Picture (iPad) | | ----------------- | -------------------- | | 7 | 8 |

| Anime Information | Anime Information (iPad) | | ----------------- | -------------------- | | 9 | 10 |

Dark Appearance

| Featured Anime | Recently Viewed | Search | | ------------------- | ------------------- | -------- | | 1 | 2 | 3 |

| Search Results | Choose Episodes | Downloads | | ----------------- | -------------------- | --------------- | | 4 | 5 | 6 |

| Featured Anime (iPad) | Picture in Picture (iPad) | | ----------------- | -------------------- | | 7 | 8 |

| Anime Information | Anime Information (iPad) | | ----------------- | -------------------- | | 9 | 10 |

Google Cast

| Cast Playback Control | Cast Playback Control (iPad) | | ----------------- | -------------------- | | Cast | Cast on iPad |

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Releases

1.1-6 - Jul 9, 2019

Copyright © 2018-2019 Marcus Zhou. All rights reserved.

NineAnimator is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

NineAnimator is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with NineAnimator.  If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.

Additional Features

  • Adding support for KissAnime as an anime source
  • Adding support for AnimeKisa as an anime source
  • Adding support for Nova as an anime streaming service
  • Presents a placeholder image for fail-to-load anime artworks
  • Clearing cached data from the Preferences menu now clears Cookies as well
  • Add an Allow NSFW Content switch in the Preferences menu for hiding NSFW contents in the anime schedules scene

Along with multiple new features, version 1.1 Build 6 also improves the security and performance of the application with numerous bug fixes. Existing users are recommended to update to the latest version of NineAnimator.

The compiled IPA is attached below.

1.1-5 - Jun 25, 2019

Copyright © 2018-2019 Marcus Zhou. All rights reserved.

NineAnimator is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

NineAnimator is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with NineAnimator.  If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.

Additional Features

  • Improve source analyzers for sources that use P.A.C.K.E.R. algorithm to encode resource URLs.
  • Add support for Kiwik as a streaming source
  • Add support for VidStreaming as a streaming source
  • Add support for XStreamCDN as a streaming source
  • Improved stability and speed when working with 9anime
  • Add support for displaying anime posters for anime from AnimeTwist
  • Improved stability and speed when working with AnimeTwist

Along with multiple new features, version 1.1 Build 5 also improves the security and performance of the application with numerous bug fixes. Existing users are recommended to update to the latest version of NineAnimator.

The compiled IPA is attached below.

1.1-4 - May 20, 2019

Copyright © 2018-2019 Marcus Zhou. All rights reserved.

NineAnimator is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

NineAnimator is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with NineAnimator.  If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.

Additional Features

  • Add support for animepahe.com as an anime source
  • Re-enable support for 9anime
  • Update support for twist.moe
  • Updated Calendar UI now floats the date on the top of the screen
  • Update Setup page UI

Along with multiple new features, version 1.1 Build 4 also improves the security and performance of the application with numerous bug fixes. Existing users are recommended to update to the latest version of NineAnimator.

The compiled IPA is attached below.

1.1-3 - May 6, 2019

Copyright © 2018-2019 Marcus Zhou. All rights reserved.

NineAnimator is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

NineAnimator is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with NineAnimator.  If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.

Additional Features

  • A new anime weekly schedule view
  • Search anime from disabled sources on a difference source
  • Allow source authentication from content list scene/search scene
  • A more obvious label for disabled anime sources

9anime support has been temporarily disabled to account for the IP banning issue from the website. A new mechanism to discover the same anime on a different source has been developed to account for the dead entries. Further investigations about whether 9anime is still suitable as an anime source of NineAnimator are being carried out.

Build releases are incremental updates to the NineAnimator application. Along with multiple new features, version 1.1 Build 3 also improves the security and performance of the application with numerous bug fixes. Existing users are recommended to update to the latest version of NineAnimator.

The compiled IPA is attached below.

1.1-2 - Apr 30, 2019

Copyright © 2018-2019 Marcus Zhou. All rights reserved.

NineAnimator is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

NineAnimator is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with NineAnimator.  If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.

Additional Features

  • A new server selection dialog
  • Add OpenLoad support (credits to Awsomedude)

Version 1.1 Build 2 is mainly a bug fix build. Users can expect the human verification (CAPTCHA) processes to be much faster and more efficient than the previous releases. The stability of some services (e.g. Anilist information page) is also improved. Existing users are recommended to update to the latest version of NineAnimator.

The compiled IPA is attached below.