Authentication for iOS

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  1. Developing on the new Arm-based Apple Silicon (M1) Macs requires building and running on a physical iOS device or using an iOS simulator running iOS 13.7, e.g. iPhone 11. This is a temporary limitation in Google Maps SDK for iOS, and as such also a limitation in MapsIndoors, due to the dependency to Google Maps.
  2. Note: Due to a bug in CocoaPods it is necessary to include the post_install hook in your Podfile described in the PodFile post_install wiki.

This guide covers the different aspects of user authentication and authorization in the MapsIndoors iOS SDK.

Usually, access to the services behind the MapsIndoors SDK is restricted with API keys. However, as an additional layer of security and control, access can be restricted to users of a specific tenant. A MapsIndoors dataset can only be subject to user authentication and authorization if an integration with an identity provider exists. Current examples of such identity providers are Google and Microsoft. These providers and more can be added and integrated to your MapsIndoors project by request.

MapsIndoors follows a common OAuth2-based Single Sign-on flow that allows for multiple login services. As such, we recommend that you use a commonly used and well trusted SSO client library for your application. We created [this Single Sign-on sample]( Sign-On) with the OAuth2 client library from Open Id.

In order to utilize an OAuth2 login flow for your MapsIndoors project, you will need to provide some details to the OAuth2 client, like the issuer url, client id, scopes and possibly a preferred identity provider if there are more than one option. These details can be fetched using MapsIndoors.fetchAuthenticationDetails().

MapsIndoors.fetchAuthenticationDetails { details, error in
if let authDetails = details {
print("Issuer url: \(authDetails.authIssuer)")
if let client = authDetails.authClients.first {
print("Client ID: \(client.clientID)")
if let idp = client.preferredIDPS.first {
print("Scope: \(authDetails.authScope)")

You will also need to provide a redirect url, but this is not provided by MapsIndoors. The callback url may be a app url scheme or a universal link.

Note that the redirect link must be known to MapsIndoors and white-listed for your identity provider integration. You must inform us about all the links that you need for your application, both for development and production use so they can be white-listed.

How to apply the authentication details is varying from each OAuth2 client, but you can see below how they are applied in a login flow using the OAuth2 client library from Open Id

class SingleSignOnHelper {

var authState: OIDAuthState?

func openLoginFlow ( for controller:UIViewController, completion: @escaping () -> Void ) {
MapsIndoors.fetchAuthenticationDetails { details, error in

guard let authDetails = details else { return }

guard let client = authDetails.authClients.first else { return }

let issuer = URL(string: authDetails.authIssuer)!

let redirectUrl = URL(string: "mapsindoorsdemo://auth")!

OIDAuthorizationService.discoverConfiguration(forIssuer: issuer) { configuration, error in

guard let config = configuration else {

var additionalParams:[String:String]? = nil
if let idp = client.preferredIDPS.first {
additionalParams = ["acr_values":"idp:\(idp)"]

let request = OIDAuthorizationRequest(configuration: config,
clientId: client.clientID,
scopes: [OIDScopeOpenID, OIDScopeProfile, authDetails.authScope],
redirectURL: redirectUrl,
responseType: OIDResponseTypeCode,
additionalParameters: additionalParams)

let appDelegate = UIApplication.shared.delegate as! AppDelegate

appDelegate.currentAuthorizationFlow =
OIDAuthState.authState(byPresenting: request, presenting: controller) { [self] authState, error in
if let authState = authState {
self.authState = authState
print("Got authorization tokens. Access token: " +
"\(authState.lastTokenResponse?.accessToken ?? "nil")")
} else {
print("Authorization error: \(error?.localizedDescription ?? "Unknown error")")
self.authState = nil

The above login flow can then be executed whenever needed in your application, typically in a View Controller in the beginning of your apps lifetime. If the login succeeds, an access token will be issued from MapsIndoors, which should then be passed to the MapsIndoors SDK.

let authHelper = SingleSignOnHelper.init()
authHelper.openLoginFlow(for: self) {
MapsIndoors.accessToken = authHelper.authState?.lastTokenResponse?.accessToken

The SDK will then make sure that all requests for data is performed using this access token.

Note that the access token obtained from a MapsIndoors Single Sign-on flow cannot be used as access token for the Booking Service. Single Sign-on access tokens are issued by MapsIndoors and not the underlying tenant. You need to login directly on your Booking tenant to get an access token that can be used for working with the Booking Service as an authenticated user.