How To Migrate an iOS Project

Use this article to understand the steps necessary to upgrade a project that uses the Vuforia Android SDK.  To upgrade a Unity based Android project, See: How to migrate a Unity project

If you are migrating from Vuforia 4 or 5 to 6 or later, be sure to review the Changes in Vuforia 5 and Changes in Vuforia 6 articles. Migrating a Vuforia 4 or 5 project to Vuforia 6 does not require code or project structure changes, though you may want to extend your project to take advantage of new APIs introduced with Vuforia 6. You'll simply need to update the libraries of your Vuforia SDK installation, See: Installing the Vuforia iOS SDK.

Note: be sure to make a copy of your project before upgrading.

If you are migrating a Vuforia 3 project to 4 or 5, follow the steps outlined below. These will enable you to make the changes necessary to adapt a Vuforia 3 project to the newest Vuforia APIs.

Note: This article only pertains to native iOS SDK project. For iOS Unity projects, See:
How To Migrate a Unity Project to Vuforia 4
Migrating Unity Projects to Vuforia 5

Migrating from Vuforia 3 to 5

There are a few API changes in the Vuforia 5 SDK for iOS that will require code changes to Vuforia projects using prior SDK versions.

1. All occurrences in code of the <ImageTracker> class must be replaced with the <ObjectTracker> class.
2. The QCAR.setInitParameters() method in 5 takes an additional string parameter for the app's license key, see below.

Adding a license key

Vuforia 5 apps require a license key to unlock the features of the Vuforia 5 platform. You'll need to create a license key in the License Manager and add it to your project, See: How To add a License Key to your Vuforia App

Vuforia License Manager
How To Create an App License

If a project was built in the same directory as the Vuforia 3.0 samples, do the following:

  1. Install the Vuforia 5 SDK.
  2. Copy the project into the Vuforia 5 samples directory.
  3. Compile and run the project.
  4. If the project was organized with its own directory structure, ensure that the application references the new files in the build directory.
  5. Replace the previous files by copying over all the include and library files.

API changes

You can now perform certain operations that previously relied on the TYPE enum by using the Type class and its related API:

  • Remove the TYPE enum from the Tracker, Trackable, and TrackableResult classes
  • Introduce the new Type class

Code Changes

To initialize a Tracker, use the following C++ code:

QCAR::ObjectTracker* objectTracker = static_cast<QCAR::ObjectTracker*> 
    (trackerManager.initTracker( QCAR::ObjectTracker::getClassType() ));

To obtain a Tracker from the TrackerManager, use the following C++code:

QCAR::ObjectTracker* objectTracker = static_cast<QCAR::ObjectTracker*> 
    (trackerManager.getTracker( QCAR::ObjectTracker::getClassType() ));

To compare TrackableResults types, use the following C++ code:

const QCAR::TrackableResult* result = state.getTrackableResult(tIdx);
if (result->isOfType(QCAR::ImageTargetResult::getClassType()))
    // Do something target-specific

To compare Trackable types, use the following C++ code:

const QCAR::Trackable& trackable = result.getTrackable(); 
if (trackable.isOfType(QCAR::ImageTarget::getClassType())) 
  // Do something target-specific 

Unity iOS Build Setting Changes

Unity 4.6.3 introduced support for the Metal rendering framework for iOS and has defined Metal as the default graphics API for iOS builds. Because Vuforia does not use the Metal framework, it will be necessary to set your iOS graphics build option in Build Settings to Force OpenGL ES 2.0.