Approov Quickstart: iOS Swift GRPC (Google Remote Procedure Call)

This quickstart is written specifically for native iOS apps that are written in Swift and making API calls using GRPC-Swift that you wish to protect with Approov. If this is not your situation, then please check if there is a more relevant quickstart guide available.

This quickstart provides the basic steps for integrating Approov into your app. A more detailed step-by-step guide using a Shapes App Example is also available.

To follow this guide you should have received an onboarding email for a trial or paid Approov account.


The Approov integration is available via the Swift Package Manager. This allows inclusion into the project by simply specifying a dependency in the Add Package Dependency Xcode option. Add the package and then choose the relevant Approov SDK version, in this case 2.9.0, and select the Exact Version option:

Add Package Dependency

The package is actually an open source wrapper layer that allows you to easily use Approov with GRPC-Swift. This has a further dependency to the closed source Approov SDK.


The ApproovClientConnection class mimics the interface and functionality of the ClientConnection class provided by GRPC-Swift, but also initializes the Approov SDK and sets up pinning for the GRPC channel created by an ApproovClientConnection.Builder.

The <enter-your-config-string-here> is a custom string that configures your Approov account access. This will have been provided in your Approov onboarding email (it will be something like #123456#K/XPlLtfcwnWkzv99Wj5VmAxo4CrU267J1KlQyoz8Qo=).

The simplest way to use the ApproovClientConnection class is to find and replace all the ClientConnection with ApproovClientConnection.

let builder = ApproovClientConnection.usingTLSBackedByNIOSSL(approovConfigString: "<enter-your-config-string-here>", on: group!)

You can then create secure pinned GRPC channels by using the returned builder instead of the usual ClientConnection.Builder:

let channel = builder.connect(host: hostname, port: port)

Approov-enable GRPC clients by adding a ClientInterceptor factory. The ClientInterceptor factory should return an ApproovClientInterceptor for any GRPC call that requires to be protected with Approov. The ApproovClientInterceptor adds an Approov-Token header to a GRPC request.

// Provide the channel to the generated client.
client = Your_YourClient(channel: channel, interceptors: ApproovClientInterceptorFactory(hostname: hostname))

An ApproovClientInterceptorFactory looks similar to this template and must be implemented specifically to match the code generated by the GRPC protoc compiler for your protocol definitions (.proto files). In the example below all types starting withYour_ would have been automatically generated. Note that an ApproovInterceptor needs to be returned only for GRPCs that should be protected with an Approov token.

import ApproovGRPC
import Foundation
import GRPC

// Example client interceptor factory to show how to create an ApproovClientInterceptorFactory for a specific
// ClientInterceptorFactoryProtocol.
class ApproovClientInterceptorFactory: Your_YourClientInterceptorFactoryProtocol {

    // hostname/domain for which to add an Approov token to protected GRPC requests
    let hostname: String

    init(hostname: String) {
        self.hostname = hostname

    /// - Returns: Interceptors to use when invoking a GRPC that does not require Approov protection.
    func makeUnprotectedInterceptors() -> [ClientInterceptor<Your_UnprotectedRequest, Your_UnprotectedReply>] {
        return []

    /// - Returns: Interceptors to use when invoking a GRPC that requires Approov protection.
    func makeProtectedInterceptors() -> [ClientInterceptor<Your_ProtectedRequest, Your_ProtectedReply>] {
        return [ApproovClientInterceptor<Your_ProtectedRequest, Your_ProtectedReply>(hostname: hostname)]


Initially you won’t have set which API domains to protect, so the interceptor will not add anything. It will have called Approov though and made contact with the Approov cloud service. You will see logging from Approov saying UNKNOWN_URL.

Your Approov onboarding email should contain a link allowing you to access Live Metrics Graphs. After you’ve run your app with Approov integration you should be able to see the results in the live metrics within a minute or so. At this stage you could even release your app to get details of your app population and the attributes of the devices they are running upon.

However, to actually protect your APIs there are some further steps you can learn about in Next Steps.


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