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magicbell-io/magicbell-swift 1.0.0
Official MagicBell iOS SDK
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MagicBell iOS SDK

This is the official MagicBell SDK for iOS.

This SDK offers:

  • Real-time updates
  • Low-level wrappers for the MagicBell API
  • Support for the Combine framework

It requires:

  • iOS 12.0+
  • Swift 5.3+
  • Xcode 12+

Quick Start

First, grab your API key from your MagicBell dashboard. Then, initialize the client and set the current user:

import MagicBell

// Create the MagicBell client with your project's API key
let client = MagicBellClient(apiKey: "[MAGICBELL_API_KEY]")

// Set the MagicBell user
let user = client.connectUser(email: "[email protected]")

// Create a store of notifications
let store = user.store.build()

// Fetch the first page of notifications
store.fetch { result in
    if let notifications = try? result.get() {
        // Print the unread count
        print("Count: \(store.unreadCount)")

        // Print the fetched notifications
        print("notifications: \(notifications)")

This repo also contains a full-blown example. To run the project:

  • Clone the repo
  • Run pod install from the Example directory
  • Open the Example project in XCode
  • Run the Example project target

Table of Contents



To install MagicBell using CocoaPods, add this entry to your Podfile:

pod 'MagicBell', '>=2.0.0'

IMPORTANT: Make sure you specify use_frameworks! in your Podfile.

Then, run pod install.

Swift Package Manager

To install MagicBell using Swift Package Manager, just add the dependency as follows to your project:

dependencies: [
    .package(url: "https://github.com/magicbell-io/magicbell-swift", .upToNextMajor(from: "2.0.0"))


To install MagicBell using Carthage, add to the Carfile the following dependency:

github "magicbell-io/magicbell-swift" "2.0.0"

Then, run carthage update --use-xcframeworks --platform [iOS|macOS] --no-use-binaries (selecting the desired platform) to resolve dependencies.

Add the MagicBell.xcframework to your project-linked frameworks, together with the other dependencies resolved by Carthage.

The MagicBell Client

The first step is to create a MagicBellClient instance. It will manage users and other functionality for you. The API key for your MagicBell project is required to initialize it.

let magicbell = MagicBellClient(apiKey: "[MAGICBELL_API_KEY]")

You can provide additional options when initializing a client:

let magicbell = MagicBellClient(
    apiKey: "[MAGICBELL_API_KEY]"
    logLevel: .debug
Param Default Value Description
apiKey - Your MagicBell's API key
apiSecret nil Your MagicBell's API secret
logLevel .none Set it to .debug to enable logs

Though the API key is meant to be published, you should not distribute the API secret. Rather, enable HMAC for your project and generate the user secret on your backend before distributing your app.

Integrating into your app

You should create the client instance as early as possible in your application and ensure that only one instance is used across your application.

import MagicBell

// Store the instance at a place of your convenience
let magicbell = MagicBellClient(apiKey: "[MAGICBELL_API_KEY]")

Optionally, you could assign the unique instance as a static shared instance inside the MagicBellClient.

import MagicBell

extension MagicBellClient {
    static var shared = MagicBellClient(apiKey: "[MAGICBELL_API_KEY]")


Requests to the MagicBell API require that you identify the MagicBell user. This can be done by calling the connectUser(...) method on the MagicBellClient instance with the user's email or external ID:

// Identify the user by its email
let user = magicbell.connectUser(email: "[email protected]")

// Identify the user by its external id
let user = magicbell.connectUser(externalId: "001")

// Identify the user by both, email and external id
let user = magicbell.connectUser(email: "[email protected]", externalId: "001")

Each variant of connectUser supports an optional hmac parameter that should be send when HMAC Security was enabled for the project.

You can connect as many users as you need.

IMPORTANT: User instances are singletons. Therefore, calls to the connectUser method with the same arguments will yield the same user:

let userOne = magicbell.connectUser(email: "[email protected]")
let userTwo = magicbell.connectUser(email: "[email protected]")

assert(userOne === userTwo, "Both users reference to the same instance")

Multi-User Support

If your app supports multiple logins, you may want to display the status of notifications for all logged-in users simultaneously. The MagicBell SDK allows you to do that.

You can call the connectUser(:) method with the email or external ID of your logged in users as many times as you need.

let userOne = magicbell.connectUser(email: "[email protected]")
let userTwo = magicbell.connectUser(email: "[email protected]")
let userThree = magicbell.connectUser(externalId: "001")

Logout a User

When the user is logged out from your application you want to:

  • Remove user's notifications from memory
  • Stop the real-time connection with the MagicBell API
  • Unregister the device from push notifications

This can be achieved with the disconnectUser method of the MagicBell client instance:

// Remove by email
magicbell.disconnectUser(email: "[email protected]")

// Remove by external id
magicbell.disconnectUser(externalId: "001")

// Remove by email and external id
magicbell.disconnectUser(email: "[email protected]", externalId: "001")

Integrating into your app

The MagicBell User instances need to be available accross your app. Here you have some options:

  • extend your own user object
  • define a global attribute
  • use your own dependency injection graph

Extend your own user object

This approach is helpful if you have a user object accross your app. MagicBell will guarantee the User instance for a given email/externalId is unique, and you only need to provide access to the instance. For example:

import MagicBell

// Your own user
struct User {
    let name: String
    let email: String

extension User {
    /// Returns the logged in MagicBell user
    func magicBell() -> MagicBell.User {
        return magicbell.connectUser(email: email)

Define a global attribute

This is how you can define a nullable global variable that will represent your MagicBell user:

import MagicBell

let magicbell = MagicBellClient(apiKey: "[MAGICBELL_API_KEY]")
var magicbellUser: MagicBell.User? = nil

As soon as you perform a login, assign a value to this variable. Keep in mind you will have to check the magicbellUser variable was actually set before accessing it in your code.

Use your own dependency injection graph

You can also inject the MagicBell User instance into your own graph and keep track of it using your preferred pattern.


The NotificationStore class represents a collection of MagicBell notifications. You can create an instance of this class through the .build(...) method on the user store object.

For example:

let allNotifications = user.store.build()

let readNotifications = user.store.build(read: true)

let unreadNotifications = user.store.build(read: false)

let archviedNotifications = user.store.build(archived: true)

let billingNotifications = user.store.build(categories: ["billing"])

let firstOrderNotifications = user.store.build(topics: ["order:001"])

These are the attributes of a notification store:

Attributes Type Description
totalCount Int The total number of notifications
unreadCount Int The number of unread notifications
unseenCount Int The number of unseen notifications
hasNextPage Bool Whether there are more items or not when paginating forwards
count Int The current number of notifications in the store
predicate StorePredicate The predicate used to filter notifications

And these are the available methods:

Method Description
refresh Resets the store and fetches the first page of notifications
fetch Fetches the next page of notifications
subscript(index:) Subscript to access the notifications: store[index]
delete Deletes a notification
delete Deletes a notification
markAsRead Marks a notification as read
markAsUnread Marks a notification as unread
archive Archives a notification
unarchive Unarchives a notification
markAllRead Marks all notifications as read
markAllUnseen Marks all notifications as seen

Most methods have two implementations:

  • Using completion blocks (returning a Result object)
  • Returning a Combine Future (available on iOS 13+)
// Delete notification
store.delete(notification) { result in
    switch result {
    case .success:
        print("Notification deleted")
    case .failure(error):
        print("Failed: \(error)")

// Read a notification
    .sink { error in
        print("Failed: \(error)")
    } receiveValue: { notification in
        print("Notification marked as read")

These methods ensure the store's state is consistent when a notification changes. For example, when a notification is read, stores with the predicate read: .unread, will remove that notification from themselves, notifying all observers of the notification store.

Advanced filters

You can also create stores with more advanced filters. To do it, fetch a store using the .build(...) method with a StorePredicate.

let predicate = StorePredicate()
let notifications = user.store.build(predicate: predicate)

These are the available options:

Param Options Default Description
read true, false, nil nil Filter by the read state (nil means unspecified)
seen true, false, nil nil Filter by the seen state (nil means unspecified)
archived true, false false Filter by the archived state
categories [String] [] Filter by catregories
topics [String] [] Filter by topics

For example, use this predicate to fetch unread notifications of the "important" category:

let predicate = StorePredicate(read: .unread, categories: ["important"])
let store = user.store.build(predicate: predicate)

Notification stores are singletons. Creating a store with the same predicate twice will yield the same instance.

Note: Once a store is fetched, it will be kept alive in memory so it can be updated in real-time. You can force the removal of a store using the .dispose method.

let predicate = StorePredicate()
user.store.dispose(with: predicate)

This is automatically done for you when you remove a user instance.

Observing changes

When either fetch or refresh is called, the store will notify the content observers with the newly added notifications (read about observers here).

// Obtaining a new notification store (first time)
let store = user.store.build()

// First loading
store.fetch { result in
    if let notifications = try? result.get() {
        print("Notifications: \(notifications))")

        // If store has next page available
        if store.hasNextPage {
            // Load next page
            store.fetch { result in
                if let notifications = try? result.get() {
                    print("Notifications: \(notifications))")

To reset and fetch the store:

store.refresh { result in
    if let notifications = try? result.get() {
        print("Notifications: \(notifications))")

Accessing notifications

The NotificationStore is an iterable collection. Therefore, notifications can be accessed as expected:

for i in 0..<store.count {
    let notification = store[i]
    print("notification: \(notification)")

// forEach
store.forEach { notification in
    print("notification: \(notification)")

// for in
for notification in store {
    print("notification: \(notification)")

// As an array
let notifications = store.notifications()

Enumeration is also available:

// forEach
store.enumerated().forEach { idx, notification in
    print("notification[\(idx)] = \(notification)")

// for in
for (idx, notification) in store.enumerated() {
    print("notification[\(idx)] = \(notification)")

Observing notification store changes

Classic Observer Approach

Instances of NotificationStore are automatically updated when new notifications arrive, or a notification's state changes (marked read, archived, etc.)

To observe changes on a notification store, your observers must implement the following protocols:

// Get notified when the list of notifications of a notification store changes
protocol NotificationStoreContentObserver: AnyObject {
    func didReloadStore(_ store: NotificationStore)
    func store(_ store: NotificationStore, didInsertNotificationsAt indexes: [Int])
    func store(_ store: NotificationStore, didChangeNotificationAt indexes: [Int])
    func store(_ store: NotificationStore, didDeleteNotificationAt indexes: [Int])
    func store(_ store: NotificationStore, didChangeHasNextPage hasNextPage: Bool)

// Get notified when the counters of a notification store change
protocol NotificationStoreCountObserver: AnyObject {
    func store(_ store: NotificationStore, didChangeTotalCount count: Int)
    func store(_ store: NotificationStore, didChangeUnreadCount count: Int)
    func store(_ store: NotificationStore, didChangeUnseenCount count: Int)

To observe changes, implement these protocols (or one of them), and register as an observer to a notification store.

let store = user.store.build()
let observer = myObserverClassInstance


Reactive Approach (iOS 13)

Use the class NotificationStorePublisher to create an ObservableObject capable of publishing changes on the main attributes of a NotificaitonStore.

This object must be created and retained by the user whenever it is needed.

Attribute Type Description
totalCount @Published Int The total count
unreadCount @Published Int The unread count
unseenCount @Published Int The unseen count
hasNextPage @Published Bool Bool indicating if there is more content to fetch.
notifications @Published [Notification] The array of notifications.

A typical usage would be in a View of SwiftUI, acting as a view model that can be directly referenced from the view:

import SwiftUI
import MagicBell

class Notifications: View {
    let store: NotificationStore
    @ObservedObject var bell: NotificationStorePublisher

    init(store: NotificationStore) {
        self.store = store
        self.bell = NotificationStorePublisher(store)

    var body: some View {
        List(bell.notifications, id: \.id) { notification in
            VStack(alignment: .leading) {
                Text(notification.content ?? "-")
        .navigationBarTitle("Notifications - \(bell.totalCount)")

Notification Preferences

You can fetch and set notification preferences for MagicBell channels and categories.

public struct Channel {
    public let label: String
    public let slug: String
    public let enabled: Bool

public struct Category {
    public let channels: [Channel]
    public let label: String
    public let slug: String

public struct NotificationPreferences {
    public let categories: [Category]

To fetch notification preferences, use the fetch method as follows:

user.preferences.fetch { result in
    if let preferences = try? result.get() {
        print("Notification Preferences: \(preferences)")

To update the preferences, use update.

// Updating notification preferences.
// The update can be partial and only will affect the categories included in the object being sent
user.preferences.update(preferences) { result in }

To update a single channel you can use the provided convenience function updateChannel.

user.preferences.update(categorySlug: "new_comment", channelSlug: "in_app", enabled: true) { result in }

Push Notifications

You can register the device token with MagicBell for mobile push notifications. To do it, set the device token as soon as it is provided by iOS:

func application(_ application: UIApplication, didRegisterForRemoteNotificationsWithDeviceToken deviceToken: Data) {
    // Storing device token when refreshed
    magicbell.setDeviceToken(deviceToken: deviceToken)

MagicBell will keep that device token stored temporarily in memory and send it as soon as new users are declared via MagicBellClient.connectUser.

When a user is disconnected (MagicBellClient.disconnectUser), the device token is automatically unregistered for that user.


We welcome contributions of any kind. To do so, clone the repo, resolve dependencies via Carthage in the root folder by running the command carthage update --use-xcframeworks --no-use-binaries, and open MagicBell.xcodeproj.


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