Swift package as module for interfacing with SAP Conversational AI in native iOS apps.

What's New

  • Initial release! 🎉
  • Being able to initiate a conversation and render the various message types of a bot.

SAP Conversational AI SDK for iOS

The SAPCAI Swift Package is a module to connect to a bot on the end-to-end chatbot platform SAP Conversational AI (CAI). It provides a pluggable SwiftUI AssistantView to initiate a conversation and render the various message types of a bot.

This Swift Package is an open-source addition to the frameworks of the SAP BTP SDK for iOS.

SwiftUI AssistantView


  • iOS 13 or higher
  • Xcode 12 (Swift 5.3) or higher


  • You have existing bot(s) on the SAP Conversational AI platform
  • You created an OAuth client for Designtime API for your bot (Settings > Tokens)
  • Your bot(s) are connected to a mobile channel

Create a mobile channel

In the Enterprise Edition this can be done via the UI.



However, the option is currently hidden by default and needs to be enabled by filing a ticket.

In the Community Edition you create a mobile channel via the /channel API.

# create a mobile channel
curl -X POST "<BaseUrl>/connect/v1/channels" \
-H "X-Token: Token <DeveloperToken>" \
-H "Content-Type: application/json" \
-d '{"type":"mobile","slug":"<desiredChannelSlug>","connectionTarget": "SAP_Product","targetSystem": "MobileBot","isActivated":true}'


  • SAPCommon for Logging
  • SAPFoundation for Network Connectivity and Authentication
  • URLImage for asynchronous image loading in SwiftUI
  • Down for Markdown / CommonMark rendering in Swift


The package is intended for consumption via Swift Package Manager. To add SAPCAI to your application target, navigate to the File > Swift Packages > Add Package Dependency... , then add the repository URL

You can choose one of the following package products to be added to your application / framework target

Package Product When to Use
SAPCAI You did not already embed binary frameworks from SAP BTP SDK for iOS
SAPCAI-requiresToEmbedXCFrameworks You already embedded SAPCommon and SAPFoundation binary frameworks to your target

Getting Started

The code snippet below illustrates how to set up the CAIConversation Combine publisher in order to initialize the MessagingViewModel for the AssistantView.

See Enterprise Configuration guide for required configuration steps to use SAPCAI Swift package and connect indirectly with SAP Conversational AI Enterprise Edition through SAP Mobile Services.

The code snippet below contains example values specific for connecting iOS client directly with SAP Conversational AI Community Edition for prototyping. You have to replace variable values in angle brackets (e.g. <channelId>) with your bot-specific values

Setting up the data publisher

import SAPCAI
import SAPFoundation
import SwiftUI

  Create the `CAIChannel` object by providing the channel id, channel token and channel slug which were created in CAI Platform.

  If you do not want to hardcode chanel information on the client then you can retrieve a list of channels for a given Application ID with `CAIChannelService`.
let caiChannel = CAIChannel(id: "<channelId>", token: "<channelToken>", slug: "<channelSlug>").

  Create and attach OAuthObserver to `SAPURLSession`

  Example-specific extension for `CAIServiceConfig` to build OAuth observer (see next code snippet for implementation details)

  Use CAI OAuth credentials for prototyping & direct communication between iOS client and SAP Conversational AI *Community Edition* 
  Use Mobile Service OAuth credentials to connect indirectly with SAP Conversational AI *Enterprise Edition* through SAP Mobile Services. In this case you have to reuse the `SAPURLSession` instance used for authentication against Mobile Services.
let session = SAPURLSession()
if let observer = CAIServiceConfig.buildOAuthObserver(systemBaseURL: URL(string: "<Example:>")!,                                                  
                                                       authenticationBaseURL: URL(string: "<Example:>")!,                                
                                                       clientId: "<OAuth client id>",                                                       
                                                       clientSecret: "<OAuth client secret>") {

// Create CAI service config for the provided SAPURLSession and URL pointing to CAI API endpoint
let serviceConfig = CAIServiceConfig(urlSession: session, host: URL(string:"<Example:>")!)
// Provide the message delivery object for polling
let polling: MessageDelivering = PollMessageDelivery(channelId: "<channelId>", serviceConfig: serviceConfig)
// Create CAIConversation object and use it as publisher
let dataPublisher = CAIConversation(config: serviceConfig, channel: caiChannel, messageDelivery: polling)

// Create view model for `AssistantView`
let viewModel = MessagingViewModel(publisher: dataPublisher)

Example-specific extension for CAIServiceConfig to build OAuth observer

extension CAIServiceConfig {
    public static func buildOAuthObserver(systemBaseURL: URL, authenticationBaseURL: URL, clientId: String, clientSecret: String) -> OAuth2Observer? {

        let compositeStore = CompositeStorage()
        do {
            let secureKeyValueStore = SecureKeyValueStore()
            try "cai_secure_store")
            try compositeStore.setPersistentStore(secureKeyValueStore)

            let params = OAuth2AuthenticationParameters(authorizationEndpointURL: authenticationBaseURL.appendingPathComponent("/oauth/authorize"),
                                                        clientID: clientId,
                                                        redirectURL: systemBaseURL.appendingPathComponent("login/callback"),
                                                        tokenEndpointURL: authenticationBaseURL.appendingPathComponent("/oauth/token"),
                                                        clientSecret: clientSecret)

            let authenticator = OAuth2Authenticator(authenticationParameters: params, webViewPresenter: WKWebViewPresenter())
            let oauthObserver = OAuth2Observer(authenticator: authenticator, tokenStore: OAuth2TokenStorage(store: compositeStore))

            return oauthObserver
        catch  {
            // error handling
            return nil

Note: If you are developing your iOS application with SAP BTP SDK for iOS and Mobile Servcies then you can ignore the previous code snippet as you (probably) already have attached an OAuth2Observer pointing to Mobile Services.

User Interface

Using the SwiftUI implementation is the preferred approach

  .navigationBarTitle(Text("Chat"), displayMode: .inline) // if you are in navigation controller
  .onDisappear {

but SAPCAI also provides a UIKit wrapper

let vc = MessagingViewController(MessagingViewModel(publisher: dataPublisher))

self.navigationController?.pushViewController(vc, animated: true)


SAPCAI will provide two standard themes

  • a Fiori theme and
  • a Casual theme


Each theme will come with its color palette, that supports both light and dark mode.

Fiori theme

ThemeManager.shared.setCurrentTheme( .fiori(FioriColorPalette()) )

Casual theme

ThemeManager.shared.setCurrentTheme( .casual(CasualColorPalette()) )

Create your own custom theme

You can also provide an alternative color palette or provide a custom theme.


Markdown related

Trigger Skill button related

  • Trigger Skill buttons are still enabled after execution / next interaction. This behavior differs from SAP CAI WebClient as once you click the button or type an utterance, the corresponding skill can't be triggered anymore at a later point in time, since the context in which it was created might not be valid anymore.

Image related

  • Not being able to save, copy, or share an image as part of a bot reponse. Currently there is no gesture handler attached to an image view which could allow to open a contextual menu offering such features (similar to iMessage or WhatsApp).
  • Animated images (GIF), as part of a bot response, will be viewed as static image (dependency to

How to obtain support

Please raise an issue on GitHub. SAP customers can continue to report issues through OSS for SLA tracking.

Questions around CAI can be raised in the SAP CAI Answers forum.


If you want to contribute, please check the Contribution Guidelines.


The CAITestApp in this repository allows you to

  • choose a theme
  • view static mock data or
  • connect against a live system by either
    • letting the user choose the mobile channel from the list of available mobile channels for given Application ID (a.k.a targetSystem); note: this illustrates the use of CAIChannelService and how to build a simple SwiftUI view on top of it
    • loading the AssistantView for a specific mobile channel

See here on how to maintain connection settings for the test application.


  • Swift Tools 5.3.0


Last updated: Wed Jun 09 2021 21:36:20 GMT-0500 (GMT-05:00)