Latest 1.0.4
License MIT
Platforms ios 8.0, osx 10.9, tvos 9.0
Dependencies SwiftWebSocket, SwiftyJSON


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A Swift Package for Syncs Real-Time Web Applications

syncs-swift is Swift framework to work with Syncs.


syncs-swift is easy to setup.
Syncs is available through CocoaPods. To install it, simply add the following line to your Podfile:

pod "Syncs"

then run pod install command


To run the example project, clone the repo, and run pod install from the Example directory first.
Example project needs syncs server which is avilable here

Create Connection

Developers can create real-time connection by creating an instance of Syncs class.

import Syncs
let io:Syncs=Syncs("ws://localhost:8080/syncs");

The path parameter is required that determines Syncs server address.
initializer method has other input parameter:

  • autoConnect:boolean: If autoConnect is false then the Syncs instance will not connect to server on creation. To connect manuly to server developers should call io.connect() method. default value is true.
  • autoReconnect:boolean: This config makes the connection presistent on connection drop. default value is true.
  • reconnectDelay: number: time to wait befor each reconnecting try. default value is 1000.
  • debug:bolean: This parameter enables debug mode on client side. default value is false.
let io=Syncs("ws://localhost:8080/syncs", autoConnect: false, autoReconnect: true, reconnectDelay: 10000, debug: true)

Handling connection

Syncs client script can automatically connect to Syncs server. If autoConnect config is set to false, the developer should connect manual to server using connect method.

Using connect method developers can connect to defined server.


Target application can establish connection or disconnect from server using provided methods.


Developers can handle disconnect and close event with onDisconnect and onClose method.

io.onOpen {
// handle open
io.onClose {
// handle open
io.onDisconnect {
// handle open

Developers can use one listener to handle connection status

class ViewController: UIViewController,SyncsDelegate {
func onOpen(from syncs: Syncs) {
// handle open

It’s also possible to check connection status using online property of Syncs instance.

//do semething

Abstraction Layers

Syncs provides four abstraction layer over its real-time functionality for developers.

1. onMessage Abstraction Layer

Developers can send messages using send method of Syncs instance to send JSON message to the server.Also all incoming messages are catchable using onMessage.
Syncs uses SwiftyJSON library to handle JSON messages.

io.send(data,JSON["message":"Hello, Syncs"]);
io.onMessage(){ data in
// handle message here

Or use SyncsDelegate protocol

class ViewController: UIViewController,SyncsDelegate {
func onMessage(with data: JSON, from syncs: Syncs) {
// handle message here

2. Publish and Subscribe Abstraction Layer

With a Publish and Subscribe solution developers normally subscribe to data using a string identifier. This is normally called a Channel, Topic or Subject.

io.subscribe("weather-update"){event,data,io in


3. Shared Data Abstraction Layer

Syncs provides Shared Data functionality in form of variable sharing. Shared variables can be accessible in tree level: Global Level, Group Level and Client Level. Only Client Level shared data can be write able with client.

To get Client Level shared object use shared method of Syncs instance.

let info:SharedObject=io.shared("info");
info.set("title","Syncs is cool!");

To get Group Level shared object use groupShared method of Syncs instance. First parameter is group name and second one is shared object name.

info.getInteger("onlineVips")+" vip member are online";

To get Global Level shared object use globalShared method of Syncs instance.

let settings=io.globalShared("settings");

It’s possible to watch changes in shared object by using shared object as a function.

info.onChange { (values, by) in


The callback function has two argument.

  • values: an array that contains names of changed properties.
  • by:Enum an Enum variable with two value ( 'SERVER' and 'CLIENT') which shows who changed these properties.

4. Remote Method Invocation (RMI) Abstraction Layer

With help of RMI developers can call and pass argument to remote function and make it easy to develop robust and web developed application. RMI may abstract things away too much and developers might forget that they are making calls over the wire.

Before calling remote method from server ,developer should declare the function on client script.

functions method in Syncs instance is the place to declare functions.

io.functions("showMessage"){ args,promise in
//show message
return nil  

To call remote method on server use remote object.

io.remote("setLocation", args: latitude,longitude)

The remote side can return a result (direct value or Promise object) which is accessible using Promise object provided by functions.

io.functions("askUser"){ args,promise in
// ask user and return result
return result;  
io.functions("startQuiz"){ args,promise in
// start quiz
return promise;
// call promise.result(...) later
// after a while
io.remote("getWeather", args: cityName){ result,error in


Latest podspec

    "name": "Syncs",
    "version": "1.0.4",
    "summary": "A Real-Time web framework, swift library",
    "homepage": "",
    "license": {
        "type": "MIT",
        "file": "LICENSE"
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "1.0.4"
    "authors": {
        "Mostafa Alinaghi-pour": "[email protected]"
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "8.0",
        "osx": "10.9",
        "tvos": "9.0"
    "source_files": [
    "dependencies": {
        "SwiftWebSocket": [],
        "SwiftyJSON": []
    "pushed_with_swift_version": "3.0"

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