A beginner’s guide to developing Custom Intent Siri Shortcuts for iOS 12

Peter Minarik
Jul 7, 2018 · 11 min read

Our App

Our very simple app

Let’s get started

Enable the Siri Capability

Enable Siri

Add Targets

Add the Intents Extension Target
Choose a name for the extension and keep the “Include UI Extension” checkbox checked to add the second target right after this one.

Intent Definition File

Our quite simple “PhotoOfTheDay” intent
All the possible responses that Siri will give
Target Membership so that the generated Classes are available in all targets

Handling the intent

We handle our intent in our own IntentHandler class (which we still have to create)
Adding our existing app files to the two new targets

Donating the Shortcuts

Let’s run what we’ve built so far

Add the missing UI

The IntentViewController’s default implementation
Our simple UI

Conclusion

Peter Minarik

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👋 Mostly web & mobile nerdery. Engineer at @SoundCloud

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