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As a developer of native cross-platform apps, you may run into situations where you want to use a native API that is not exposed in Titanium. Luckily, there are two options available to integrate these functionalities into your app seamlessly:

  • Hyperloop: Allows you to extend your existing JavaScript-based app with native code (iOS, Android & Windows) that is also available through JavaScript by generating native code from it. Learn more here!
  • Native Modules: Allows you to write a native library (Obj-C for iOS, Java for Android & C++ for Windows) that can be packaged as a module dependency to your project.

The choice of which of both solution should be used is always up to the developer and depends on the project-based needs. In general, both solutions are high performant and pluggable. If you are more into JavaScript, Hyperloop and the native docs (e.g. from Apple, Google and Microsoft) will help you getting started quickly. If you need a module for a project that uses low-level code (like C or C++), native modules will be the better choice because of the easier access to their API's. 

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When it comes to iOS, Titanium always relied on Objective-C based native modules. Over time, Swift was introduced and became more and more stable over the last years. That's why in Titanium SDK 8+, we moved our iOS core-system to an own framework, which allows developers like you to write full-featured and pure Swift frameworks. It does not only allow you to use external Swift libraries (like Alamofire or IGListKit), but also to write the modules themselves in Swift as well.