Wasn’t aware of this, but turns out one can control (and interact with) the iOS Simulator straight from the command line.
There’s no need to install anything new though. The tool we’re going to be using is already on our Mac, hiding inside the
xcruncommand, which gets installed with Xcode.
Here’s a few examples:
# open a URL xcrun simctl openurl booted "https://littlebitesofcocoa.com" # upload an image to the iOS Simulator xcrun simctl addmedia booted ~/images/image1.png ~/images/image2.jpg # Take a screenshot xcrun simctl io booted screenshot ~/Desktop/screenshot.png # Record a video xcrun simctl io booted recordVideo --type=mp4 ~/Desktop/movie.mp4
Other commands include booting/stopping a device, clipboard operations, launching/terminating processes, installing/uninstalling apps, etc. — No touch events though, that would’ve been real fun.
Little bits of Cocoa: Interacting with the iOS Simulator using
Sidenote: digging a bit deeper into this I stumbled upon
fbsimctl. Their features are quite the same which makes me wonder if
simctl underneath its hood, or if
simctl came later and copied features from