Latest 0.3.2
License MIT
Platforms ios 8.0
Dependencies CocoaLumberjack/Swift, CocoaAsyncSocket, Parse


What is this?

OverTheEther provides a simple way to programmatically send data from one iOS device to another one (or more) nearby. Be it short text messages, objects of custom classes or large image files. OTE uses CocoaAsyncSocket to send data via TCP. One device is configured as the server and others can connect to it as clients. A client can only be connected to one server but a server can be connected to as many clients as there are free ports. You just tell it which device to connect to and send whatever you want.


Via CocoaPods (recommended)

Simply add pod 'OverTheEther' to your Podfile and run pod install

Without CocoaPods

Drag all files in the /OverTheEther/Classes folder into your project. Then install CocoaAsyncSocket (e.g. via CocoaPods) and CocoaLumberjack. If you don’t use CocoaLumberjack, simply go to the end of the Helpers.swift file and uncomment the block of function definitions to replace the log statements.

Important Notice

  1. You can only send objects which implement the NSCoding protocol. Many of Apple’s own classes (e.g. NSString, NSData, UIColor, SKSpriteNode and loads more) already implement NSCoding. You can also send Swift’s Int, String, [String:String](dictionary), etc. types, because they are bridged to Objective-C. If you don’t know how to implement NSCoding in your own classes, I suggest this tutorial.

  2. When you are sending your own classes between two different applications (meaning the classes are in differently named modules), you need to prefix these classes with @objc(ABCSomeClass). ABCSomeClass can be any name that is unique in the context of Objective-C. Failing to to so will cause NSKeyedUnarchiver to throw an exception. Example: @objc(FTDSharedName) class SharedClass: NSObject, NSCoding { // Class Implementation }

  3. Don’t forget to set the delegate property and implement the delegate methods for both the server and the client.

How to get Started

Starting a Server

let server = Server()
server.delegate = self    
server.startServer(name: "ImageSharing", infoDict: nil)

Connecting to a Server

let client = Client()
client.delegate = self

//Implement this delegate method
func discoveredListOfServers(servers:[String]) {
    //connecting to the first server in the list
    client.connectToServer(name: servers[0])

Sending data to a server

let someObject = SomeNSCodingClass()

Sending data to all clients

let someObject = SomeNSCodingClass()

Receiving data on the server side

//Implement this delegate method
func didReceiveData(data: AnyObject?, fromClient client:GCDAsyncSocket) {

    //Received object is of type 'String'
    if let string = data as? String {

    //Received object is of some other type
    else {
        print("Received: (data)")

Receiving data on the client side

//Implement this delegate method
func didReceiveObjectFromServer(object:AnyObject?) {
    //You can handle this just like in the example above ('if let ...')

Please note that this is still a work in progress. The code is not fully tested.

Known Issues:

  1. All files are saved in memory and not on disk, sending very large files (>100mb) may cause the watchdog to quit your app.
  2. Currently some low level details (e.g. the GCDAsyncSocket parameter in didReceiveData()) are still exposed. I’m working on making this a little bit more high level.

Latest podspec

    "name": "OverTheEther",
    "version": "0.3.2",
    "summary": "Send data between iOS devices",
    "description": "This library allows you to send any kind of data between iOS devices via Bluetooth or WiFi, without much hassle.",
    "homepage": "",
    "license": {
        "type": "MIT",
        "file": "LICENSE"
    "authors": {
        "JojoSc": "[email protected]"
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "0.3.2"
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "8.0"
    "source_files": "OverTheEther/Classes/**/*",
    "dependencies": {
        "CocoaLumberjack/Swift": [],
        "CocoaAsyncSocket": [],
        "Parse": []

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