Integrating Reveal with your iOS application

NOTE: The most up to date version of these instructions are always shipped with Reveal. See Help / Integration Guide in app for the integration guide that's intended for your current version.

To inspect your iOS or tvOS application or app extension with Reveal you must first link it with the Reveal Server framework.

We support a variety of integration approaches:

Minimum Requirements

Reveal requires macOS 11+, iOS 11.4+ or tvOS 10.2+ and Xcode 13.

Updating from Reveal 26 and earlier

In Reveal 27, we started shipping RevealServer as an XCFramework.

If you were previously using breakpoint integration, this change should be seamless.

For CocoaPods users, you will need to ensure that you have updated to CocoaPods version 1.9 or later, then run pod update Reveal-SDK to ensure that you're integrating the version of RevealServer that matches your application version.

If you're linking RevealServer into your application, please follow the instructions to remove Reveal from your project. Once that's done, you can follow the updated instructions to link the Reveal Server framework into your application.

Further Information

Important Information

  • Never ship an app linked against the Reveal library. Reveal exposes your app to deep introspection and will likely cause your app to be rejected by the Apple review team. Reveal is intended for internal development and debugging purposes only.
  • The Reveal service will stop automatically while the iOS or tvOS host app is not the frontmost app. It will automatically start again when the app is re-opened.
  • Reveal supports inspection of applications compiled against iOS 8.0 and later and tvOS 9.0 or later. The iOS Deployment Target build setting must also be 'iOS 8.0' or later in iOS projects. You may see link errors if this is not the case.
  • Reveal can use Bonjour to connect with the running iOS or tvOS application. If you are running the iOS or tvOS application on a device and wish to connect using Bonjour, it will need to be on the same network as the Reveal Mac app to be able to connect with it. If you have any problems connecting to your application check your firewall and proxy settings to ensure they are not blocking communications or just connect your device to your Mac using its lightning cable.