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    In this tutorial we will learn to create a custom Video Player that plays youtube videos in background also. To do that we will be using youtube-ios-player-helper.

     

     

     

     

    Let's first know what youtube-ios-player-helper is? It is an open source library for iOS developers to help them embeding a YouTube iframe player into an iOS application or we can say that, it is a helper library for those iOS developers who are looking to add YouTube video playback in their applications via the iframe player in a UIWebView.

     

    Now, follow these steps:

     

    1- We can achieve this using "youtube-ios-player-helper".
     

    2- Basic setup for project- Create a new project in Xcode

     

    3- Now we have to install the pods in our project for that jump to project directory.

     

    4- Run the followings commands

       a) pod init

       b) open podfile

       c) Your empty podfile will look like this

       # Uncomment the next line to define a global platform for your project
       # platform :ios, '9.0'
          target 'YourProjectName' do
       # Comment the next line if you're not using Swift and don't want to use dynamic frameworks
         use_frameworks!
    
       # Pods for YourProjectName
         end
    

     

    Now add the line pod "youtube-ios-player-helper" , '0.1.6' below user_frameworks!

    now  your podfile will look like this

        # Uncomment the next line to define a global platform for your project
        # platform :ios, '9.0'
        target 'YourProjectName' do
          # Comment the next line if you're not using Swift and don't want to use dynamic frameworks
          use_frameworks!
            pod "youtube-ios-player-helper" , '0.1.6'
          # Pods for YourProjectName
        end

    d) now run pod install

    5- Close your current project and open yourProject.xcworkspace and now we are ready to write code and setup UI.

    6- In the main.storyboard add a UIView and set the autolayout for that according to your need.

    7- Now, on the Identity Inspector of UIView class to YTPlayerView

    8- Move to viewController.swift file and add these lines

    import UIKit
    import youtube_ios_player_helper
    
    class VideoViewController:UIViewController , YTPlayerViewDelegate{
    
         @IBOutlet weak var videoPlayerView: YTPlayerView! //outlet for view
         
         override func viewDidLoad() {
                   super.viewDidLoad()
                   videoPlayerView.delegate = self // setting delegate for VideoPlayer 
         //playervars are the supported parameters for videoview so that it not play directly on fullscreen on load
                  videoPlayerView.load(withVideoId: "xxxxxxxxx", playerVars: ["playsinline": 1]) 
    
    }

     above code will run the video having the VideoId :- "xxxxxxxxx" on running the app by tapping on video.

     

    9. To play the video directly after loading the view we have to add the following method

    //Invoked when the player view is ready to receive API calls.
        func playerViewDidBecomeReady(_ playerView: YTPlayerView) {
            videoView.playVideo()
        }

     

    10. Now, to play video on background we have to add the following in our controller

        func playInBackground(){
                DispatchQueue.main.asyncAfter(deadline: .now()) {
                self.videoPlayerView.playVideo()
            }
        }

    and for calling the function we have to add below line in viewDidLoad(). After which code will be like

         NotificationCenter.default.addObserver(self, selector: #selector(VideoViewController.playInBackground), name: Notification.Name.UIApplicationDidEnterBackground, object: nil)

     

    11. Run your project.

    Your final snapshot for the controller will look like this

    import UIKit
    import youtube_ios_player_helper
    
    class VideoViewController:UIViewController , YTPlayerViewDelegate{
    
         @IBOutlet weak var videoPlayerView: YTPlayerView! //outlet for view
         
         override func viewDidLoad() {
                   super.viewDidLoad()
         // calling method when app is in background 
                    NotificationCenter.default.addObserver(self, selector: #selector(VideoViewController.playInBackground), name: Notification.Name.UIApplicationDidEnterBackground, object: nil)
                   
                   videoPlayerView.delegate = self // setting delegate for VideoPlayer 
         //playervars are the supported parameters for videoview so that it not play directly on fullscreen on load
                   videoPlayerView.load(withVideoId: "xxxxxxxxx", playerVars: ["playsinline": 1]) 
                   videoView.playVideo()
         }
    
       //Invoked when the player view is ready to receive API calls.
        func playerViewDidBecomeReady(_ playerView: YTPlayerView) {
            videoPlayerView.playVideo()
        }
    
        func playInBackground(){
                DispatchQueue.main.asyncAfter(deadline: .now() + .milliseconds(0)) {
                self.videoPlayerView.playVideo()
            }
        }
     }

     

    Play Youtube Videos in Background Using Youtube iOS Player Helper/Custom Player

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