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Integrate HockeyApp for iOS as a Subproject


This article describes how to integrate HockeyApp into your iOS apps using a Git submodule and Xcode subprojects. The SDK allows testers to update your app to another beta version right from within the application. It will notify the tester if a new update is available. The SDK also allows to send crash reports. If a crash has happened, it will ask the tester on the next start whether he wants to send information about the crash to the server.

This document contains the following sections:


The SDK runs on devices with iOS 6.0 or higher.

Set up Git submodule

  1. Open a Terminal window

  2. Change to your projects directory `cd /path/to/MyProject'

  3. If this is a new project, initialize Git: git init

  4. Add the submodule: git submodule add git:// Vendor/HockeySDK. This would add the submodule into the Vendor/HockeySDK subfolder. Change this to the folder you prefer.

  5. Releases are always in the master branch while the develop branch provides the latest in development source code (Using the git flow branching concept). We recommend using the master branch!

Set up Xcode

  1. Find the HockeySDK.xcodeproj file inside of the cloned HockeySDK-iOS project directory.

  2. Drag & Drop it into the Project Navigator (⌘+1).

  3. Select your project in the Project Navigator (⌘+1).

  4. Select your target.

  5. Select the tab Build Phases.

  6. Expand Link Binary With Libraries.

  7. Add libHockeySDK.a


  8. Select Add Other....

  9. Add CrashReporter.framework from the folder Vendor/HockeySDK/Frameworks to the library section


  10. Add the following system frameworks, if they are missing:

    • AssetsLibrary
    • CoreText
    • CoreGraphics
    • Foundation
    • MobileCoreServices
    • QuartzCore
    • QuickLook
    • Security
    • SystemConfiguration
    • UIKit
    • libc++
    • libz
  11. Expand Copy Bundle Resources.

  12. Drag HockeySDKResources.bundle from the HockeySDK sub-projects Products folder and drop into the Copy Bundle Resource section

  13. Select Build Settings

  14. In Header Search Paths, add a path to $(SRCROOT)/Vendor/HockeySDK/Classes

  15. Make sure the HockeySDK static library is added to the Target Dependencies of your apps target.

Modify Code


  1. Open your AppDelegate.m file.

  2. Add the following line at the top of the file below your own #import statements:

    #import "HockeySDK.h"
  3. Search for the method application:didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:

  4. Add the following lines:

    [[BITHockeyManager sharedHockeyManager] configureWithIdentifier:@"APP_ID"];
    [[BITHockeyManager sharedHockeyManager] startManager];
    [[BITHockeyManager sharedHockeyManager].authenticator authenticateInstallation];
  5. Continue with General subsection


  1. Add the following line to your Objective-C bridging header file:

    #import "HockeySDK.h"
  2. Open your AppDelegate.swift file.

  3. Search for the method application(application: UIApplication, didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: [NSObject: AnyObject]?) -> Bool

  4. Add the following lines:

    BITHockeyManager.shared().configure(withIdentifier: "APP_ID")
  5. Continue with General subsection


  1. Replace APP_ID with the app identifier of your release app. We suggest to setup different apps on HockeyApp for your test and production builds. You usually will have way more test versions, but your production version usually has way more crash reports. This helps to keep data separated, getting a better overview and less trouble setting the right app versions downloadable for your beta users.

  2. If you want to use the beta distribution feature with In-App Updates, restrict versions to specific users, or want to know who is actually testing your app, you need to follow the instructions on our guide Authenticating Users on iOS.

Note: The SDK is optimized to defer everything possible to a later time while making sure e.g. crashes on startup can also be caught and each module executes other code with a delay some seconds. This ensures that applicationDidFinishLaunching will process as fast as possible and the SDK will not block the startup sequence resulting in a possible kill by the watchdog process.

iOS 8 Extensions

The following points need to be considered to use HockeySDK with iOS 8 Extensions:

  1. Each extension is required to use the same values for version (CFBundleShortVersionString) and build number (CFBundleVersion) as the main app uses. (This is required only if you are using the same APP_IDENTIFIER for your app and extensions).
  2. You need to make sure the SDK setup code is only invoked once. Since there is no applicationDidFinishLaunching: equivalent and viewDidLoad can run multiple times, you need to use a setup like the following example:


  @interface TodayViewController () <NCWidgetProviding>

  @property (nonatomic, assign) BOOL didSetupHockeySDK;


  @implementation TodayViewController

  - (void)viewDidLoad {
    [super viewDidLoad];
    if (!self.didSetupHockeySDK) {
      [[BITHockeyManager sharedHockeyManager] configureWithIdentifier:@"APP_IDENTIFIER"];
      [[BITHockeyManager sharedHockeyManager].crashManager setAutoSubmitCrashReport:YES];
      [[BITHockeyManager sharedHockeyManager] startManager];
      self.didSetupHockeySDK = YES;


  class TodayViewController: UIViewController, NCWidgetProviding {

    static var didSetupHockeySDK = false;

    override func viewDidLoad() {
      if !TodayViewController.didSetupHockeySDK {
        BITHockeyManager.shared().configure(withIdentifier: "APP_IDENTIFIER")
        TodayViewController.didSetupHockeySDK = true

Additional Options

Mac Desktop Uploader

The Mac Desktop Uploader can provide easy uploading of your app versions to HockeyApp. Check out the installation tutorial.

Xcode Documentation

This documentation provides integrated help in Xcode for all public APIs and a set of additional tutorials and HowTos.

  1. Download the HockeySDK-iOS documentation.

  2. Unzip the file. A new folder HockeySDK-iOS-documentation is created.

  3. Copy the content into ~/Library/Developer/Shared/Documentation/DocSets

The documentation is also available via the following URL:

Set up with xcconfig

Instead of manually adding the missing frameworks, you can also use our bundled xcconfig file.

  1. Select your project in the Project Navigator (⌘+1).

  2. Select your project.

  3. Select the tab Info.

  4. Expand Configurations.

  5. Select HockeySDK.xcconfig for all your configurations (if you don't already use a .xcconfig file)

    Note: You can also add the required frameworks manually to your targets Build Phases and continue with step 7. instead.

  6. If you are already using a .xcconfig file, simply add the following line to it

    #include "../Vendor/HockeySDK/Support/HockeySDK.xcconfig"

    (Adjust the path depending where the Project.xcconfig file is located related to the Xcode project package)

    Important note: Check if you overwrite any of the build settings and add a missing $(inherited) entry on the projects build settings level, so the HockeySDK.xcconfig settings will be passed through successfully.

  7. If you are getting build warnings, then the .xcconfig setting wasn't included successfully or its settings in Other Linker Flags get ignored because $(inherited) is missing on project or target level. Either add $(inherited) or link the following frameworks manually in Link Binary With Libraries under Build Phases:

    • AssetsLibrary
    • CoreText
    • CoreGraphics
    • Foundation
    • MobileCoreServices
    • QuartzCore
    • QuickLook
    • Security
    • SystemConfiguration
    • UIKit