# Integrate Devtool to iOS


iOS Devtools for Apache Weex is a third party plugin, and is not developed nor maintained by Apache Weex.

iOS Devtools for Apache Weex is a custom devtools for weex that implements Chrome Debugging Protocol inspired by Stetho, it is designed to help you quickly inspect your app and debug your JS bundle source in a Chrome web page. To make it work, at first you must integrate devtool to your App. This page will help you integrate devtool to your iOS App.

  • Integrate Devtool to iOS
  • Integrate Devtool to iOS

# Version compatibility


# Integrate to iOS

# Installing Dependencies

There are two choices to install dependencies:

# From cocoapods

source https://github.com/CocoaPods/Specs.git
pod  'WXDevtool', '0.24.0', :configurations => ['Debug']

I strongly recommend you use the latest version since both Weex SDK and devtools are developed iteratively and rapidly.

# From source code

  1. git clone git@github.com:weexteam/weex-devtool-iOS.git
  2. Copy source folder to your project.


  1. Choose options as the picture shows.


# Integrate

You can see the demo here Playground App.

# Step 1. Add header file in AppDelegate.m

//1. From cocoapods
#import <WXDevtool/WXDevtool.h>

//2. From source code
#import "WXDevtool.h"

# Step 2. Initialize inspector when the APP launched

You can see the WXDevtool header file as follows:

+ (void)setDebug:(BOOL)isDebug;

+ (BOOL)isDebug;

+ (void)launchDevToolDebugWithUrl:(NSString *)url;


**Note: The inspector API must be called before weex is initialized **

if your application is a pure weex project, you need to ensure that the initial value of setDebug is NO, otherwise it may be white screen on the first page of the weex page

  • setDebug

    setDebug is used to control the state of debug mode, when its value is YES, open the debug mode, otherwise closed.

  • (void)launchDevToolDebugWithUrl:(NSString *)url;

You can fix the link address by command weex debug --port 8888 --channelid 1, and connect debug server like below:


- (BOOL)application:(UIApplication *)application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:(NSDictionary *)launchOptions {
  [WXDevTool setDebug:NO]; 
  [WXDevTool launchDevToolDebugWithUrl:@"ws://{ip}:{port}/debugProxy/native/{channelid}"]; 

# Step 3. Auto refresh

Q: Why do we need auto refresh feature?

A: As shown in future, when you click the JSDebug button, Javascript runtime environment will change from the phone (JavaScriptCore) to PC (Chrome V8), then Weex need to re-initialize the Weex environment, re-render the page. Page rendering is required for the developer to add on its own page.


Q: What kind of scene need to add refresh feature?

  • Click debugger button
  • Switch remoteDebug
  • Refresh inspect page

Q: How to add auto refresh feature?

Register events when Weex initialization.

[[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] addObserver:self selector:notificationRefreshInstance: name:@"RefreshInstance" object:nil];

Notes: You must cancel this event in the dealloc method. For example:

- (void)dealloc
    [[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] removeObserver:self];

For example, First you can destroy the current instance, and then re-create instance:

- (void)dealloc
    [[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] removeObserver:self];

destroy instance,and reCreate new instance,example:

  - (void)render
    CGFloat width = self.view.frame.size.width;
    [_instance destroyInstance];
    _instance = [[WXSDKInstance alloc] init];
    _instance.viewController = self;
    _instance.frame = CGRectMake(self.view.frame.size.width-width, 0, width, _weexHeight);

    __weak typeof(self) weakSelf = self;
    _instance.onCreate = ^(UIView *view) {
        [weakSelf.weexView removeFromSuperview];
        weakSelf.weexView = view;
        [weakSelf.view addSubview:weakSelf.weexView];
        UIAccessibilityPostNotification(UIAccessibilityScreenChangedNotification,  weakSelf.weexView);
    _instance.onFailed = ^(NSError *error) {


    _instance.renderFinish = ^(UIView *view) {
        [weakSelf updateInstanceState:WeexInstanceAppear];

    _instance.updateFinish = ^(UIView *view) {
    if (!self.url) {
    NSURL *URL = [self testURL: [self.url absoluteString]];
    NSString *randomURL = [NSString stringWithFormat:@"%@?random=%d",URL.absoluteString,arc4random()];
    [_instance renderWithURL:[NSURL URLWithString:randomURL] options:@{@"bundleUrl":URL.absoluteString} data:nil];

You can see the details in this case WXDemoViewController.m

Last Updated: 8/15/2022
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