A Combine-based CoreLocation Provider as a Swift Package

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A Combine-based CoreLocation provider.

On every update of the device location from a wrapped CLLocationManager, it provides the latest location as a published CLLocation object and via a PassthroughSubject<CLLocation, Never> called locationWillChange.


Starting the LocationProvider

Initialize and start the LocationProvider

import LocationProvider

let locationProvider = LocationProvider()

do {
    try locationProvider.start()
catch {
    // handle the lack of authorization, e.g. by
    // locationProvider.requestAuthorization()

Potential location access authorization errors LocationProviderError.noAuthorization need to be caught.

Requesting Location Access

The standard location access user dialog can be brought up via


Per default, it requests authorizedWhenInUse-type access.

The LocationProvider has a property onAuthorizationStatusDenied that defines an action to be executed in case where location access is currently denied. The default action is to present an alert (presentLocationSettingsAlert()) that suggests to go to the app settings screen in order to change the location settings.

Handling the Location data

Subscribe to the locationWillChange subject and store the returned Cancellable

cancellableLocation = locationProvider.locationWillChange.sink { loc in
    // handleLocation(loc)

The function handleLocation in the sink closure would be executed on every CLLocation object sent by the LocationProvider.

Stopping the LocationProvider

Stop the LocationProvider and cancel the subscription


Usage in SwiftUI

Also, the LocationProvider is an ObservableObject which has a @Published property location that updates the ObservableObject. The observable LocationProvider and its location property can directly be accessed in SwiftUI:

import SwiftUI
import LocationProvider

struct ContentView: View {
    @StateObject var locationProvider = LocationProvider()
    var body: some View {
            Text("latitude \(locationProvider.location?.coordinate.latitude ?? 0)")
            Text("longitude \(locationProvider.location?.coordinate.longitude ?? 0)")
        .onAppear {
            do {try locationProvider.start()} 
            catch {
                print("No location access.")

struct ContentView_Previews: PreviewProvider {
    static var previews: some View {

Set correct properties in Info.plist

In order for the app to have access to user location, the following keys should be set in Info.plist:

  • NSLocationAlwaysAndWhenInUseUsageDescription
  • NSLocationAlwaysUsageDescription
  • NSLocationWhenInUseUsageDescription

Per default, the package requests location access in the background. Therefore, also add Location to UIBackgroundModes in Info.plist or set locationProvider.lm.allowsBackgroundLocationUpdates = false before starting the location updates via locationProvider.start().

Example Code

A minimum working iOS App, using LocationProvider in SwiftUI can be found here: https://github.com/himbeles/LocationProviderExample

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Last updated: Tue Mar 14 2023 08:59:26 GMT-0500 (GMT-05:00)