cocoa programmatically without - How to check for an active Internet connection on iOS or macOS?



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I like to keep things simple. The way I do this is:

//Class.h
#import "Reachability.h"
#import <SystemConfiguration/SystemConfiguration.h>

- (BOOL)connected;

//Class.m
- (BOOL)connected
{
    Reachability *reachability = [Reachability reachabilityForInternetConnection];
    NetworkStatus networkStatus = [reachability currentReachabilityStatus];
    return networkStatus != NotReachable;
}

Then, I use this whenever I want to see if I have a connection:

if (![self connected]) {
    // Not connected
} else {
    // Connected. Do some Internet stuff
}

This method doesn't wait for changed network statuses in order to do stuff. It just tests the status when you ask it to.

reachability swift slow

I would like to check to see if I have an Internet connection on iOS using the Cocoa Touch libraries or on macOS using the Cocoa libraries.

I came up with a way to do this using an NSURL. The way I did it seems a bit unreliable (because even Google could one day be down and relying on a third party seems bad), and while I could check to see for a response from some other websites if Google didn't respond, it does seem wasteful and an unnecessary overhead on my application.

- (BOOL) connectedToInternet
{
    NSString *URLString = [NSString stringWithContentsOfURL:[NSURL URLWithString:@"http://www.google.com"]];
    return ( URLString != NULL ) ? YES : NO;
}

Is what I have done bad, (not to mention stringWithContentsOfURL is deprecated in iOS 3.0 and macOS 10.4) and if so, what is a better way to accomplish this?




This used to be the correct answer, but it is now outdated as you should subscribe to notifications for reachability instead. This method checks synchronously:


You can use Apple's Reachability class. It will also allow you to check if Wi-Fi is enabled:

Reachability* reachability = [Reachability sharedReachability];
[reachability setHostName:@"www.example.com"];    // Set your host name here
NetworkStatus remoteHostStatus = [reachability remoteHostStatus];

if (remoteHostStatus == NotReachable) { }
else if (remoteHostStatus == ReachableViaWiFiNetwork) { }
else if (remoteHostStatus == ReachableViaCarrierDataNetwork) { }

The Reachability class is not shipped with the SDK, but rather a part of this Apple sample application. Just download it, and copy Reachability.h/m to your project. Also, you have to add the SystemConfiguration framework to your project.




Here is how I do it in my apps: While a 200 status response code doesn't guarantee anything, it is stable enough for me. This doesn't require as much loading as the NSData answers posted here, as mine just checks the HEAD response.

Swift Code

func checkInternet(flag:Bool, completionHandler:(internet:Bool) -> Void)
{
    UIApplication.sharedApplication().networkActivityIndicatorVisible = true

    let url = NSURL(string: "http://www.appleiphonecell.com/")
    let request = NSMutableURLRequest(URL: url!)

    request.HTTPMethod = "HEAD"
    request.cachePolicy = NSURLRequestCachePolicy.ReloadIgnoringLocalAndRemoteCacheData
    request.timeoutInterval = 10.0

    NSURLConnection.sendAsynchronousRequest(request, queue:NSOperationQueue.mainQueue(), completionHandler:
    {(response: NSURLResponse!, data: NSData!, error: NSError!) -> Void in

        UIApplication.sharedApplication().networkActivityIndicatorVisible = false

        let rsp = response as! NSHTTPURLResponse?

        completionHandler(internet:rsp?.statusCode == 200)
    })
}

func yourMethod()
{
    self.checkInternet(false, completionHandler:
    {(internet:Bool) -> Void in

        if (internet)
        {
            // "Internet" aka Apple's region universal URL reachable
        }
        else
        {
            // No "Internet" aka Apple's region universal URL un-reachable
        }
    })
}

Objective-C Code

typedef void(^connection)(BOOL);

- (void)checkInternet:(connection)block
{
    NSURL *url = [NSURL URLWithString:@"http://www.appleiphonecell.com/"];
    NSMutableURLRequest *headRequest = [NSMutableURLRequest requestWithURL:url];
    headRequest.HTTPMethod = @"HEAD";

    NSURLSessionConfiguration *defaultConfigObject = [NSURLSessionConfiguration ephemeralSessionConfiguration];
    defaultConfigObject.timeoutIntervalForResource = 10.0;
    defaultConfigObject.requestCachePolicy = NSURLRequestReloadIgnoringLocalAndRemoteCacheData;

    NSURLSession *defaultSession = [NSURLSession sessionWithConfiguration:defaultConfigObject delegate:self delegateQueue: [NSOperationQueue mainQueue]];

    NSURLSessionDataTask *dataTask = [defaultSession dataTaskWithRequest:headRequest
        completionHandler:^(NSData *data, NSURLResponse *response, NSError *error)
    {
        if (!error && response)
        {
            block([(NSHTTPURLResponse *)response statusCode] == 200);
        }
    }];
    [dataTask resume];
}

- (void)yourMethod
{
    [self checkInternet:^(BOOL internet)
    {
         if (internet)
         {
             // "Internet" aka Apple's region universal URL reachable
         }
         else
         {
             // No "Internet" aka Apple's region universal URL un-reachable
         }
    }];
}



You could use Reachability by  (available here).

#import "Reachability.h"

- (BOOL)networkConnection {
    return [[Reachability reachabilityWithHostName:@"www.google.com"] currentReachabilityStatus];
}

if ([self networkConnection] == NotReachable) { /* No Network */ } else { /* Network */ } //Use ReachableViaWiFi / ReachableViaWWAN to get the type of connection.



Only the Reachability class has been updated. You can now use:

Reachability* reachability = [Reachability reachabilityWithHostName:@"www.apple.com"];
NetworkStatus remoteHostStatus = [reachability currentReachabilityStatus];

if (remoteHostStatus == NotReachable) { NSLog(@"not reachable");}
else if (remoteHostStatus == ReachableViaWWAN) { NSLog(@"reachable via wwan");}
else if (remoteHostStatus == ReachableViaWiFi) { NSLog(@"reachable via wifi");}



There's a nice-looking, ARC- and GCD-using modernization of Reachability here:

Reachability




I've used the code in this discussion, and it seems to work fine (read the whole thread!).

I haven't tested it exhaustively with every conceivable kind of connection (like ad hoc Wi-Fi).




-(void)newtworkType {

 NSArray *subviews = [[[[UIApplication sharedApplication] valueForKey:@"statusBar"] valueForKey:@"foregroundView"]subviews];
NSNumber *dataNetworkItemView = nil;

for (id subview in subviews) {
    if([subview isKindOfClass:[NSClassFromString(@"UIStatusBarDataNetworkItemView") class]]) {
        dataNetworkItemView = subview;
        break;
    }
}


switch ([[dataNetworkItemView valueForKey:@"dataNetworkType"]integerValue]) {
    case 0:
        NSLog(@"No wifi or cellular");
        break;

    case 1:
        NSLog(@"2G");
        break;

    case 2:
        NSLog(@"3G");
        break;

    case 3:
        NSLog(@"4G");
        break;

    case 4:
        NSLog(@"LTE");
        break;

    case 5:
        NSLog(@"Wifi");
        break;


    default:
        break;
}
}






First download the reachability class and put reachability.h and reachabilty.m file in your Xcode.

The best way is to make a common Functions class (NSObject) so that you can use it any class. These are two methods for a network connection reachability check:

+(BOOL) reachabiltyCheck
{
    NSLog(@"reachabiltyCheck");
    BOOL status =YES;
    [[NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter] addObserver:self
                                          selector:@selector(reachabilityChanged:)
                                          name:kReachabilityChangedNotification
                                          object:nil];
    Reachability * reach = [Reachability reachabilityForInternetConnection];
    NSLog(@"status : %d",[reach currentReachabilityStatus]);
    if([reach currentReachabilityStatus]==0)
    {
        status = NO;
        NSLog(@"network not connected");
    }
    reach.reachableBlock = ^(Reachability * reachability)
    {
        dispatch_async(dispatch_get_main_queue(), ^{
        });
    };
    reach.unreachableBlock = ^(Reachability * reachability)
    {
        dispatch_async(dispatch_get_main_queue(), ^{
        });
    };
    [reach startNotifier];
    return status;
}

+(BOOL)reachabilityChanged:(NSNotification*)note
{
    BOOL status =YES;
    NSLog(@"reachabilityChanged");
    Reachability * reach = [note object];
    NetworkStatus netStatus = [reach currentReachabilityStatus];
    switch (netStatus)
    {
        case NotReachable:
            {
                status = NO;
                NSLog(@"Not Reachable");
            }
            break;

        default:
            {
                if (!isSyncingReportPulseFlag)
                {
                    status = YES;
                    isSyncingReportPulseFlag = TRUE;
                    [DatabaseHandler checkForFailedReportStatusAndReSync];
                }
            }
            break;
    }
    return status;
}

+ (BOOL) connectedToNetwork
{
    // Create zero addy
    struct sockaddr_in zeroAddress;
    bzero(&zeroAddress, sizeof(zeroAddress));
    zeroAddress.sin_len = sizeof(zeroAddress);
    zeroAddress.sin_family = AF_INET;

    // Recover reachability flags
    SCNetworkReachabilityRef defaultRouteReachability = SCNetworkReachabilityCreateWithAddress(NULL, (struct sockaddr *)&zeroAddress);
    SCNetworkReachabilityFlags flags;
    BOOL didRetrieveFlags = SCNetworkReachabilityGetFlags(defaultRouteReachability, &flags);
    CFRelease(defaultRouteReachability);
    if (!didRetrieveFlags)
    {
        NSLog(@"Error. Could not recover network reachability flags");
        return NO;
    }
    BOOL isReachable = flags & kSCNetworkFlagsReachable;
    BOOL needsConnection = flags & kSCNetworkFlagsConnectionRequired;
    BOOL nonWiFi = flags & kSCNetworkReachabilityFlagsTransientConnection;
    NSURL *testURL = [NSURL URLWithString:@"http://www.apple.com/"];
    NSURLRequest *testRequest = [NSURLRequest requestWithURL:testURL  cachePolicy:NSURLRequestReloadIgnoringLocalCacheData timeoutInterval:20.0];
    NSURLConnection *testConnection = [[NSURLConnection alloc] initWithRequest:testRequest delegate:self];
    return ((isReachable && !needsConnection) || nonWiFi) ? (testConnection ? YES : NO) : NO;
}

Now you can check network connection in any class by calling this class method.




To do this yourself is extremely simple. The following method will work. Just be sure to not allow a hostname protocol such as HTTP, HTTPS, etc. to be passed in with the name.

-(BOOL)hasInternetConnection:(NSString*)urlAddress
{
    SCNetworkReachabilityRef ref = SCNetworkReachabilityCreateWithName(kCFAllocatorDefault, [urlAddress UTF8String]);
    SCNetworkReachabilityFlags flags;
    if (!SCNetworkReachabilityGetFlags(ref, &flags))
    {
        return NO;
    }
    return flags & kSCNetworkReachabilityFlagsReachable;
}

It is quick simple and painless.




  1. Download the Reachability file, https://gist.github.com/darkseed/1182373

  2. And add CFNetwork.framework and 'SystemConfiguration.framework' in framework

  3. Do #import "Reachability.h"


First: Add CFNetwork.framework in framework

Code: ViewController.m

- (void)viewWillAppear:(BOOL)animated
{
    Reachability *r = [Reachability reachabilityWithHostName:@"www.google.com"];
    NetworkStatus internetStatus = [r currentReachabilityStatus];

    if ((internetStatus != ReachableViaWiFi) && (internetStatus != ReachableViaWWAN))
    {
        /// Create an alert if connection doesn't work
        UIAlertView *myAlert = [[UIAlertView alloc]initWithTitle:@"No Internet Connection"   message:NSLocalizedString(@"InternetMessage", nil)delegate:nil cancelButtonTitle:@"Ok" otherButtonTitles:nil];
        [myAlert show];
        [myAlert release];
    }
    else
    {
         NSLog(@"INTERNET IS CONNECT");
    }
}






Import Reachable.h class in your ViewController, and use the following code to check connectivity:

     #define hasInternetConnection [[Reachability reachabilityForInternetConnection] isReachable]
     if (hasInternetConnection){
           // To-do block
     }



Checking the Internet connection availability in (iOS) Xcode 8 , Swift 3.0

This is simple method for checking the network availability like our device is connected to any network or not. I have managed to translate it to Swift 3.0 and here the final code. The existing Apple Reachability class and other third party libraries seemed to be too complicated to translate to Swift.

This works for both 3G,4G and WiFi connections.

Don’t forget to add “SystemConfiguration.framework” to your project builder.

//Create new swift class file Reachability in your project.
import SystemConfiguration
public class InternetReachability {

class func isConnectedToNetwork() -> Bool {
   var zeroAddress = sockaddr_in(sin_len: 0, sin_family: 0, sin_port: 0, sin_addr: in_addr(s_addr: 0), sin_zero: (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0))
   zeroAddress.sin_len = UInt8(sizeofValue(zeroAddress))
   zeroAddress.sin_family = sa_family_t(AF_INET)
   let defaultRouteReachability = withUnsafePointer(&zeroAddress) {
          SCNetworkReachabilityCreateWithAddress(nil, UnsafePointer($0)).takeRetainedValue()
   }
   var flags: SCNetworkReachabilityFlags = 0
   if SCNetworkReachabilityGetFlags(defaultRouteReachability, &flags) == 0 {
          return false
   }
   let isReachable = (flags & UInt32(kSCNetworkFlagsReachable)) != 0
   let needsConnection = (flags & UInt32(kSCNetworkFlagsConnectionRequired)) != 0

   return isReachable && !needsConnection
  }
}

// Check network connectivity from anywhere in project by using this code.
 if InternetReachability.isConnectedToNetwork() == true {
         print("Internet connection OK")
  } else {
         print("Internet connection FAILED")
  }





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