Mason Mason - 3 months ago 26
iOS Question

Get current view controller from the app delegate (modal is possible)

I know that to get the current view controller from the app delegate, I can use the

navigationController
property I have set up for my app. However, it's possible in many places throughout my app that a modal navigation controller could have been presented. Is there any way to detect this from the app delegate, since the current navigation controller will be different from the one to which the app delegate holds a reference?

Answer

I suggest you use NSNofiticationCenter.

//in AppDelegate:
@interface AppDelegate()
{
    ...
    id lastViewController;
    ...
}

@implementation AppDelegate
- (BOOL)application:(UIApplication *)application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:(NSDictionary *)launchOptions
{
    ...
    [[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] addObserver:self selector:@selector(handleCurrentViewController) name:@"CurrentViewController" object:nil];
    ...
}

- (void)handleCurrentViewController:(NSNotification *)notification {
    if([[notification userInfo] objectForKey:@"lastViewController"]) {
        lastViewController = [[notification userInfo] objectForKey:@"lastViewController"];
    }
}

- (void)applicationDidEnterBackground:(UIApplication *)application
{    
    NSLog(@"last view controller is %@", [(UIViewController *)lastViewController class]);
}
@end

//in every ViewController you want to detect
@implementation SomeViewController
...
- (void) viewWillDisappear:(BOOL)animated {
    [super viewWillDisappear:animated];
    [[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] postNotificationName:@"CurrentViewController" object:nil userInfo:[NSDictionary dictionaryWithObjectsAndKeys:self, @"lastViewController", nil]];
}
...
@end