Next-gen SDK migration steps

Migrating to 8.x

This SDK update set a more modern architectural foundation to enable a variety of improvements and all new features moving forward. The next generation MobilePush SDK was designed with existing MobilePush customers in mind so that the upgrade path is light and straightforward.

Step 1 - Add the new iOS SDK build

  • Please remove existing cocoapods dependency before adding MarketingCloudSDK from Swift Package (MobilePush).
  • Add MobilePush dependency (tag 8.x) to your application target.

Installation Notes

  1. Until version 8.0.13, both dependencies (ie) SFMCSDK and MobilePush should be added to your application target.
    • SFMCSDK - (tag 1.x)
    • MobilePush - (tag 8.x)
  2. Ensure you manually pull in the Resources/MarketingCloudSDK.bundle from the sources folder in the MarketingCloudSDK SPM module and add it as a resource within “Copy Bundle Resources” in the build phase configuration. Failing to do so will result in the following error: Thread 1: Cannot create an NSPersistentStoreCoordinator with a nil model.

Step 2 - Initialize the SDK

You will need to replace your existing initialization function to reference the new SDK. Once you have fetched the updated SDK version in your project, the functions that need to be modified will be highlighted in your codebase.

  1. Update the configuration builder function as shown in the example below.
  2. Ensure that the SDK has initialized correctly by using a check on the status of initialization, or by using the completion handler, as shown in the example below.
// Old

let builder = MarketingCloudSDKConfigBuilder()

var success = false

 do {
    try MarketingCloudSDK.sharedInstance().sfmc_configure(with:builder)
    success = true
} catch let error as NSError {
    // error logic

if success == true {
    //function logic

// New

// With manual check on the module initialization success
let configuration = PushConfigBuilder(appId: PUSH_APP_ID)
     .setMarketingCloudServerUrl(URL(string: PUSH_TSE)!)

SFMCSdk.initializeSdk(ConfigBuilder().setPush(config: configuration).build())

if == .operational {
     //function logic

// Or with using the completion handler
let configuration = PushConfigBuilder(appId: PUSH_APP_ID)
     .setMarketingCloudServerUrl(URL(string: PUSH_TSE)!)

          config: configuration,
          onCompletion: {result in print("TODO, Module initialization result is: \(result.rawValue)")}

Step 3 - Update identity functions

  1. Set the identity/ID of a known user - Update your existing identity tracking function setContactKey to instead use the new function setProfileID
  2. Set the Attributes of a user - Update your existing identity tracking function setAttribute to instead use the new function setProfileAttributes
// Old

// New

// Old
MarketingCloudSDK.sharedInstance().sfmc_setAttributeNamed("email", value: "")

// New
SFMCSdk.identity.setProfileAttributes(["email": ""])

Step 4 - Update remaining functions

  1. Update your existing functions to reference the new SDK. All existing functions that need to be modified will be highlighted as deprecated in your codebase.

Step 5 - Capture Notifications On Launch (Only for 8.0.x)

NOTE: If you are using version 8.1.x of the SDK, there is no requirement to perform this step. Utilizing the new requestPushSdk API will enable the SDK to automatically capture notifications for you, regardless of the application’s state and the SDK initialization status.

To ensure proper processing of push notifications when the application is not actively running (i.e. in a terminated/killed state), it is necessary to capture notifications during application launch and retain them in memory until the SDK is fully initialized. Failing to implement this step would prevent the SDK from processing incoming push notifications. After the SDK is operational, the notification is set to the SDK using setNotificationUserInfo API.

See example code below. For a more complete implementation example, please see the Learning Application.

// Add a member variable in the AppDelegate class
class AppDelegate: UIResponder, UIApplicationDelegate {

    // ...

    // Notification to capture
    var notificationUserInfo:[AnyHashable:Any]?

// -----------------------------

func application(_ application: UIApplication, didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: [UIApplication.LaunchOptionsKey: Any]?) -> Bool {

  // Extract the notification from launchOptions
  if let options = launchOptions, let notification = options[UIApplication.LaunchOptionsKey.remoteNotification] as? [AnyHashable: Any] {
    self.notificationUserInfo = notification
  // ... 

  let completionHandler: (OperationResult) -> () = { result in
    if result == .success {
      // Method to call when the SDK is ready

  // Initialize the SDK
        config: mobilePushConfiguration, 
        onCompletion: completionHandler

  // ...

// -----------------------------

func setupMobilePush() {
  // ...

  // Provide the notification object to SDK when the SDK is ready.
  DispatchQueue.main.async {
    if let userInfo = self.notificationUserInfo {
    } else {
      debugPrint("No notification UserInfo: - either it should be a direct launch or Notification userInfo is not available when launched from notification")