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The Braintree iOS SDK helps you accept payments in your iOS app.


  • Xcode 10+
  • A minimum deployment target of iOS 8.0

It goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: we always recommend using the latest versions of our SDKs. In order to communicate securely with the Braintree gateway starting April, 2020 in sandbox and May, 2020 in production, you must use at least version 4.10.0 of the iOS SDK.


There are multiple ways to include Braintree in your project. See the Installation section of our README.

Setup for app context switching

To handle workflows that involve switching to another app or SFSafariViewController for authentication, you must register a URL type and configure your app to handle return URLs.

Register a URL type

  1. In Xcode, click on your project in the Project Navigator and navigate to App Target > Info > URL Types
  2. Click [+] to add a new URL type
  3. Under URL Schemes, enter your app switch return URL scheme. This scheme must start with your app's Bundle ID and be dedicated to Braintree app switch returns. For example, if the app bundle ID is com.your-company.your-app, then your URL scheme could be com.your-company.your-app.payments.


If you have multiple app targets, be sure to add the return URL type for all of the targets.

Testing the URL type

You can test out your new URL scheme by opening up a URL that starts with it (e.g. com.your-company.your-app.payments://test) in Mobile Safari on your iOS Device or Simulator.

In addition, always test your app switching on a real device.

Set your return URL

In your AppDelegate's application:didFinishLaunchingWithOptions: implementation, use setReturnURLScheme: with the value you set above.

For example:

func application(_ application: UIApplication, didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: [UIApplication.LaunchOptionsKey: Any]?) -> Bool {
    return true

Handle app context switching

Then pass the payment authorization URL to Braintree for finalization.

If you're using UISceneDelegate (introduced in iOS 13), call BTAppSwitch's handleOpenURLContext method from within the scene:openURLContexts scene delegate method.

func scene(_ scene: UIScene, openURLContexts URLContexts: Set<UIOpenURLContext>) {
    URLContexts.forEach { context in
        if context.url.scheme?.localizedCaseInsensitiveCompare("com.your-company.your-app.payments") == .orderedSame {

Otherwise, if you aren't using UISceneDelegate, call BTAppSwitch's handleOpenURL method from within the application:openURL:options app delegate method.

func application(_ app: UIApplication, open url: URL, options: [UIApplication.OpenURLOptionsKey : Any] = [:]) -> Bool {
    if url.scheme?.localizedCaseInsensitiveCompare("com.your-company.your-app.payments") == .orderedSame {
        return BTAppSwitch.handleOpen(url, options: options)
    return false

Location Permissions

The Braintree iOS SDK uses device and browser location data for fraud detection when available (i.e. when location permissions have already been requested by your app and granted by the user). While you do not need to request location data from users in order to use Braintree, Apple requires a NSLocationWhenInUseUsageDescription key in your Info.plist if your app contains code referencing location APIs. If your app does not request location data, you will still need to include a NSLocationWhenInUseUsageDescription plist entry.

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