Hibernia Hibernia - 10 months ago 93
Swift Question

Getting local notifications to show while app is in foreground Swift 3

Apparently this is now possible with ios10 :

optional func userNotificationCenter(_ center: UNUserNotificationCenter,
willPresent notification: UNNotification,
withCompletionHandler completionHandler: (UNNotificationPresentationOptions) -> Void)

This answer basically says the tools needed to do it:

Displaying a stock iOS notification banner when your app is open and in the foreground?

I'm just not really understanding how to put it all together.

I dont know how important this is, but I'm not able to keep the optional func and xcode wants me to switch it to private.

I'm trying to show the badge, and the docs provide

static var badge: UNNotificationPresentationOptions { get }

Little lost here.

And then I'm assuming if I want to exclude a certain view controller from getting these badges and I'm not using a navigation controller this code I found would work? :
var window:UIWindow?

if let viewControllers = window?.rootViewController?.childViewControllers {
for viewController in viewControllers {
if viewController.isKindOfClass(MyViewControllerClass) {
print("Found it!!!")

Answer Source

There is a delegate method to display the notification when the app is open in iOS 10. You have to implement this in order to get the rich notifications working when the app is open.

extension ViewController:UNUserNotificationCenterDelegate {

    //for displaying notification when app is in foreground
    func userNotificationCenter(_ center: UNUserNotificationCenter, willPresent notification: UNNotification, withCompletionHandler completionHandler: @escaping (UNNotificationPresentationOptions) -> Void) {

        //If you don't want to show notification when app is open, do something here else and make a return here. 
        //Even you you don't implement this delegate method, you will not see the notification on the specified controller. So, you have to implement this delegate and make sure the below line execute. i.e. completionHandler.


    // For handling tap and user actions
    func userNotificationCenter(_ center: UNUserNotificationCenter, didReceive response: UNNotificationResponse, withCompletionHandler completionHandler: @escaping () -> Void) {
        switch response.actionIdentifier {
        case "action1":
            print("Action First Tapped")
        case "action2":
            print("Action Second Tapped")


In order to schedule a notification in iOS 10 and providing a badge

override func viewDidLoad() {

    // set UNUserNotificationCenter delegate to self
    UNUserNotificationCenter.current().delegate = self

func scheduleNotifications() {

    let content = UNMutableNotificationContent()
    let requestIdentifier = "rajanNotification"

    content.badge = 1
    content.title = "This is a rich notification"
    content.subtitle = "Hello there, I am Rajan Maheshwari"
    content.body = "Hello body"
    content.categoryIdentifier = "actionCategory"
    content.sound = UNNotificationSound.default()

    // If you want to attach any image to show in local notification
    let url = Bundle.main.url(forResource: "notificationImage", withExtension: ".jpg")
    do {
        let attachment = try? UNNotificationAttachment(identifier: requestIdentifier, url: url!, options: nil)
        content.attachments = [attachment!]

    let trigger = UNTimeIntervalNotificationTrigger.init(timeInterval: 3.0, repeats: false)

    let request = UNNotificationRequest(identifier: requestIdentifier, content: content, trigger: trigger)
    UNUserNotificationCenter.current().add(request) { (error:Error?) in

        if error != nil {
        print("Notification Register Success")

In order to register in AppDelegate we have to write this piece of code in didFinishLaunchingWithOptions

 func application(_ application: UIApplication, didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: [UIApplicationLaunchOptionsKey: Any]?) -> Bool {
        // Override point for customization after application launch.
        return true

I have defined actions also here. You may skip them

func registerForRichNotifications() {

       UNUserNotificationCenter.current().requestAuthorization(options: [.alert,.badge,.sound]) { (granted:Bool, error:Error?) in
            if error != nil {
            if granted {
                print("Permission granted")
            } else {
                print("Permission not granted")

        //actions defination
        let action1 = UNNotificationAction(identifier: "action1", title: "Action First", options: [.foreground])
        let action2 = UNNotificationAction(identifier: "action2", title: "Action Second", options: [.foreground])

        let category = UNNotificationCategory(identifier: "actionCategory", actions: [action1,action2], intentIdentifiers: [], options: [])



Check this link for more details

Github Sample

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