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An elegant way of discovering anime on iOS

An elegant way of discovering anime on iOS

NineAnimator

A simple yet elegant way of waching anime on your favorite anime websites. NineAnimator is a free and open source anime watching app for iOS and macOS. GPLv3 Licensed.

Features

  • [x] Ads Free and no logins
  • [x] Super-duper clean UIs + Dark Mode
  • [x] Get notifications when new episodes come out
  • [x] Apple's native video playback interface
  • [x] Picture in Picture playback on iPads/iOS 14+ devices
  • [x] Chromecast/Google Cast with lockscreen & control center support
  • [x] Playback History & Auto Resumes
  • [x] Support Multiple Anime Websites
  • [x] Integration with HomeKit
  • [x] Handoff & Siri Shortcuts
  • [x] Download & play episodes offline
  • [x] Third party anime listing & tracking websites (view & edit)
  • [ ] Custom anime lists, e.g. favorites and to-watch list (currently retrieved from tracking websites; mutations are work-in-progress)

Google Cast

NineAnimator supports playing back on both AirPlay (via Apple's native media player) and
Chromecast/Google Cast devices. However, not all of the steaming sources are supported
on Chromecast. Check Video Sources for details.

To use Google Cast in NineAnimator, tap on the Google Cast icon on the navigation bar.
A window will pop up to prompt you to select a playback device. Once the device is
connected, click "Done" and select an episode from the episode list. The video will
starts playing automatically on the Google Cast device.

The playback control interface will appear once the playback starts. You may use the
volume up/down buttons to adjust the volume.

To disconnect from a Google Cast device, tap on the Google Cast icon on the navigation
bar and tap the device that is already connected.

Picture in Picture Playback

This feature is only supported on iPads, Macs, and iOS 14+ devices.

The Picture in Picture (PiP) icon will appear on the top left corner of the player once PiP
is ready. You may tap on this icon to initiate PiP playback. To restore fullscreen playback,
tap the restore button on the PiP window.

Notifications & Subscription

Subscribing anime in NineAnimator is implemented with Apple's Background Application
Refresh. NineAnimator will actively poll the available episodes and compares it with
locally cached episodes.

notification_example

To subscribe an anime, long press on the anime in the Recents category of your Library.

recents_long_press

Or simply tap on the subscribe button when you are viewing any anime.

subscribe_button

Smart Home Integration

NineAnimator can be configurated to run Home scenes when the playback starts and
ends. The default behavior is to only run the scenes when the video is playing on
external screens (e.g. Google Cast, AirPlay). However, you may change that in the
Preference -> Home panel.

  • NineAnimator runs Starts Playing scene immediately after the video starts playing
  • The Ends Playing scene will be performed 15 seconds before video playback ends

homekit

See Notifications and
HomeController for implementation
details.

Handoff & Siri Shortcuts

NineAnimator supports Apple's handoff and Siri Shortcuts. This enables you to seemlessly
switch between devices when browsing and viewing anime.

continuity

When you browse an anime, depending on the device you are using, the NineAnimator icon
will show up on the dock (iPad) or the task switcher of your other devices. You may tap
on the icon to continue browsing or watching on the new device.

To add a siri shortcut, navigate to the system preferences app. Find NineAnimator under
the root menu, tap Siri & Search, then tap Shortcuts.

Backup History and Playback Progresses

NineAnimator can export the recently watched anime list and the playback histories to
a .naconfig file. You may use this file to restore anime to the Recents tab or sync
progresses between devices.

Navigate to the preferences menu and tap on the Export History, a share menu
will pop up.

Some updates of NineAnimator or improper operations may cause the anime under
the Recents tab to disappear. Thus it is always a good habit to regularly backup
the playback histories and progresses.

Importing Modes

There are three ways to import a .naconfig file. When you open a .naconfig
file, NineAnimator will prompt you to choose one.

  • Replace Current: Choosing this option will replace all local playback histories and progresses with the ones contained in the .naconfig file.
  • Merge - Pioritize Local: Choosing this option will merge the histories stored in the .naconfig file with local history. Local histories will be showed on top in the Recents tab. NineAnimator will prefer the local version of any data if it is present in both the importing .naconfig file and the local database.
  • Merge - Pioritize Importing: Choosing this option will merge the histories stored in the .naconfig file with local history. The importing histories will be showed on top in the Recents tab. NineAnimator will prefer the importing version of any data if it is present in both the importing .naconfig file and the local database.

.naconfig File

The .naconfig is essentially a binary, property list encoded dictionary with three
entries:

  • history: A list of serialized AnimeLink objects from the recently watched tab.
  • progresses: A dictionary keyed by the episode identifier for the persisted playback progresses.
  • exportedDate: The Date that this file is generated.
  • trackingData: A dictionary keyed by AnimeLink for the serialized TrackingContext.
  • subscriptions: A list of serialized AnimeLink for your subscribed anime.

See StatesSerialization.swift for
implementation details.

Download Episodes

NineAnimator can download episodes for later playback. Tap on the cloud icon in the anime browser
to initiate download tasks. Downloaded episodes will appear in the Recents tab.

There are some limitations to NineAnimator's ability to download and playback videos:

  • NineAnimator only supports downloading videos from a selection of streaming sources
  • Downloaded videos are only available to local playback. You may encounter problems playing offline episodes on AirPlay devices, and, if you are connected to a Google Cast device, NineAnimator will still attempt to fetch online resources for playback.

Screenshots

Dark Appearance

Watch Next Library Search
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Edit Lists Choose Episodes Downloads
4 5 6
Recents Anime (iPad) Picture in Picture (iPad)
7 8
Anime Information Airing Schedule (iPad)
9 10

Light Appearance

Watch Next Library Search
1 2 3
Edit Lists Choose Episodes Downloads
4 5 6
Recents Anime (iPad) Picture in Picture (iPad)
7 8
Anime Information Airing Schedule (iPad)
9 10

Google Cast

Cast Playback Control Cast Playback Control (iPad)
Cast Cast on iPad

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