Anshul Singh Anshul Singh - 4 months ago 39
Swift Question

Monitoring app switching on OS X

I want to know, from within a Swift application, when the user changes from one application to another, just in general.

For example: switching from Google Chrome to a different app like Xcode would trigger this event.

Is there any way to pick up application switching events, like through an event monitor perhaps?

Answer

You can add an observer on NSWorkspace.sharedWorkspace().notificationCenter watching for the NSWorkspaceDidActivateApplicationNotification key. You point the selector at one of your methods and grab the information from the userInfo dictionary.

Simple example in AppDelegate:

Swift 2.2

func applicationDidFinishLaunching(notification: NSNotification) {
    NSWorkspace.sharedWorkspace().notificationCenter.addObserver(self,
                                                        selector: #selector(activated),
                                                        name: NSWorkspaceDidActivateApplicationNotification,
                                                        object: nil)
}

func activated(notification: NSNotification) {
    if let info = notification.userInfo,
        app = info[NSWorkspaceApplicationKey],
        name = app.localizedName {
            print(name)
    }
}

Swift 3

func applicationDidFinishLaunching(_ aNotification: Notification) {
    NSWorkspace.shared().notificationCenter.addObserver(self,
                                                        selector: #selector(activated),
                                                        name: NSNotification.Name.NSWorkspaceDidActivateApplication,
                                                        object: nil)
}

func activated(notification: NSNotification) {
    if let info = notification.userInfo,
        app = info[NSWorkspaceApplicationKey],
        name = app.localizedName {
            print(name)
    }
}