iOS iAd to Integrate Ads

Here we will learn iOS iAd in swift with example and how to use iAd in ios applications to create banner ads in swift applications with an example using Xcode.

iOS iAd to Integrate Ads

In iOS apple has introduced a platform called iAd framework which will allow app publishers to monetize their apps by placing banner ads or full ads or both into the app. In iOS, once we integrate iAd Banner and publish app in-store the Apple will review the appropriateness of app to show ads from iAd advertisers. Once our app is approved by Apple the ads will start a show in our app.


By using iAd banner in iOS swift applications we can place ads at the bottom of the screen or top of the screen like as shown below.


ios iad sample result in swift application


To get payments for iAds advertising that enabled in our application, we need to make settings in the iTunes Connect portal at by using our Apple ID and need to enter all required tax and banking information.


Now we will see how to create banner ads using iOS iAd in our swift applications with example.

Create iOS iAd Integration App in Swift

To create a new project in iOS open Xcode from /Applications folder directory. Once we open Xcode the welcome window will open like as shown below. In the welcome window click on the second option “Create a new Xcode Project” or choose File à New à Project.


Xcode application to create ios project


After selecting “Create a new Xcode project” a new window will open in that we need to choose template.


The new Xcode window will contain several built-in app templates to implement common type of iOS apps like page-based apps, tab-based apps, games, table-view apps, etc. These templates are having pre-configured interface and source code files. 


For this iOS iAd Integration example, we will use the most basic template “Single View Application”. To select this one, Go to the iOS section in the left side à select Application à In main area of dialog select “Single View Application” and then click on the next button like as shown below.


Select single view application from ios xcode templates


After click Next we will get window like as shown below. In this, we need to mention project name and other details for our application.


Product Name: “iAD in iOS”


The name whatever we enter in the Product Name section will be used for the project and app.


Organization Name: “Tutlane”


You can enter the name of your organization or your own name or you can leave it as blank.


Organization Identifier: “com.developersociety”


Enter your organization identifier in case if you don't have any organization identifier enter com.example.


Bundle Identifier: This value will generate automatically based on the values we entered in Product Name and Organization Identifier.


Language: “Swift”


Select language type as “Swift” because we are going to develop applications using swift.


Devices: “Universal”


Choose Devices options as Universal it means that one application is for all Apple devices in case if you have any specific requirement to run app only for iPad then you can choose the iPad option to make your application restricted to run only on iPad devices.


Use Core Data: Unselected


This option is used for database operations. In case if you have any database related operations in your application select this option otherwise unselect the option.


Include Unit Tests: Unselected


In case if you need unit tests for your application then select this option otherwise unselect it.


Include UI Tests: Unselected


In case if you need UI tests for your application then select this option otherwise unselect it.


Once you finished entering all the options then click on the Next button like as shown below.


create ios iad integration app in swift with example


Once we click on the Next button new dialog will open in that we need to select the location to save our project. Once you select the location to save the project then click on Create button like as shown below.


Give path to save new ios application in xcode


After click on Create button the Xcode will create and open a new project. In our project Main.storyboard and ViewController.swift are the main files that we used to design the app user interface and to maintain source code.


Main.storyboard - Its visual interface editor and we will use this file to design our app user interface 


ViewController.swift - It contains source code of our application and we use this file to write any code related to our app.


Now in project select Main.storyboard file the Xcode will open visual interface editor like as shown below.


ios iad app storyboard file in xcode


Now select ViewController.swift file in your project that view will be like as shown below.


ios iad app viewcontroller.swift file in xcode


Go to Main.storyboard click on your ViewController and connect ViewController with Delegate by drag and drop like as shown below.


ios iad map viewcontroller to delegates in swift app


Now click on Project à Go to Build Phases à Click on + button à Search for iAd à Select iAd.framework and click on Add button like as shown below


Add iad framework in ios iad integration app

Add iOS UI Controls to View in Swift

Now we will add controls to our application for that open Object Library. The Object Library will appear at the bottom of Xcode in right side. In case if you don't find Object library, click on the button which is at the third position from the left in the library selector bar like as shown below. (Alternatively you can choose View à Utilities à Show Object Library.)


Object Library in Xcode Application to Search for UI Controls


As we discussed our user interface will be in Main.storyboard file so open Main.storyboard file. Now in Object library search for iAd Banner View in Filter field then drag and drop iAd Banner View into Main.storyboard ViewController like as shown below.


ios iad integration app add controls to viewcontroller in xcode

Connect iOS UI Controls to Code in Swift

Now we will make connection between controls and ViewController.Swift code for that click on assistant button (overlap circle) in Xcode toolbar right side corner like as shown below.


Assistant Editor in iOS Xcode to Mapp Controls with Code


To map the controls, press the Ctrl button in keyboard and drag the iAd Banner from viewcontroller and drop into ViewController.swift file like as shown below.


ios iad integration app map controls to viewcontroller in xcode


Once we did all the settings we need to write custom code to show the banner ad in our iOS applications. Our ViewController.swift file should contain code like as shown below


import UIKit

import iAd

class ViewController: UIViewController,ADBannerViewDelegate {

@IBOutlet weak var Banner: ADBannerView!

override func viewDidLoad() {


// Do any additional setup after loading the view, typically from a nib.



func bannerView(banner: ADBannerView!, didFailToReceiveAdWithError error: NSError!) {

Banner.hidden = false


func bannerViewDidLoadAd(banner: ADBannerView!) {



func bannerViewActionShouldBegin(banner: ADBannerView!, willLeaveApplication willLeave: Bool) -> Bool {

return true


override func didReceiveMemoryWarning() {


// Dispose of any resources that can be recreated.



Now we will run and check the output of application. To run application, select the required simulator (Here we selected iPhone 6s Plus) and click on Play button, located at the top-left corner of the Xcode toolbar like as shown below.


Run ios iad integration app using simulator in xcode

Output of iOS iAd Integration App in Swift

Following is the result of iOS iAd integration app in swift.


ios iad sample result in swift application


Once our application is ready to upload in App Store, we need to enable iAd network for the app before it is submitted and this can be achieved by using the iTunes Connect portal. 


Once the app is registered in iTunes Connect à Go to Manage Your Apps page à Click on Set Up iAd Network button à Click on Enable iAd Network button on the resulting page like as shown below


Register and enable iad network in apple iconnect


This is how we can use iOS iAd framework to show ad banners in swift applications based on our requirements.


iAd App Network Shutdown: Starting July 1, 2016, iAd will no longer be available for developers to earn revenue by running ads sold by iAd or promote their apps on the iAd App Network.