Swift UI Playing Local Audio in SwiftUI with AVKit: A Comprehensive Guide

Playing Local Audio in SwiftUI with AVKit: A Comprehensive Guide

Ever wondered how mobile applications incorporate immersive audio experiences into their design? From short sound effects to background music, audio enhances app interactivity and user engagement. In the realm of iOS app development, SwiftUI and AVKit stand out as the perfect tools for integrating audio playback. In this guide, we’ll unravel a straightforward yet powerful approach to playing local audio in your SwiftUI app.

Here’s the complete code to get you started:

import SwiftUI
import AVKit

struct ContentView: View {
    @State var audioPlayer: AVAudioPlayer!

    var body: some View {
        VStack {
            Text("Play Audio").font(.system(size: 45)).font(.largeTitle)
            HStack {
                Spacer()
                Button(action: {
                    self.audioPlayer.play()
                }) {
                    Image(systemName: "play.circle.fill").resizable()
                        .frame(width: 50, height: 50)
                        .aspectRatio(contentMode: .fit)
                }
                Spacer()
                Button(action: {
                    self.audioPlayer.pause()
                }) {
                    Image(systemName: "pause.circle.fill").resizable()
                        .frame(width: 50, height: 50)
                        .aspectRatio(contentMode: .fit)
                }
                Spacer()
            }
        }
        .onAppear {
            let sound = Bundle.main.path(forResource: "testaudio", ofType: "mp3")
            self.audioPlayer = try! AVAudioPlayer(contentsOf: URL(fileURLWithPath: sound!))
        }
    }
}

Breaking Down the Code

  • Introduction to AVAudioPlayer: Part of Apple’s AVFoundation framework, AVAudioPlayer is tailor-made for tasks like playing music or sound effects in your app.
  • SwiftUI View Structure: Our code outlines a straightforward view with a title and two buttons – play and pause, vertically stacked using VStack.
  • Initialization: With the .onAppear modifier, as the view graces the screen, the audio player readies itself with a local file named “testaudio.mp3”.

Conclusion

SwiftUI combined with AVKit simplifies the once complex task of audio integration. By incorporating the provided code into your application, you’ll be on your way to crafting a richer multimedia experience for your users. Don’t forget the pivotal step – adding the audio file (“testaudio.mp3” here) to your app bundle.


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