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Quickstart for ARCore Extensions for iOS

Get started with building your iOS apps using AR Foundation.

About AR Foundation

AR Foundation is Unity's high-level, cross platform API to support Augmented Reality. AR Foundation lets you write your app once, and build for either Android or iOS.



  • ARKit compatible device that is also supported by ARCore.

  • A USB cable to connect your device to your development machine.


Create a new project and install the ARCore Extensions package

  1. Download the latest arcore-unity-extensions-*.tgz from the GitHub releases page.

  2. Open Unity and create a new 3D project.

  3. Import ARCore Extensions into your project:

    1. Open the Package Manager (choose Window > Package Manager).

    2. In the top left corner of the Package Manager, click the + (plus) button. Choose Add package from tarball…

      Add package from tarball… in Unity Package Manager

    3. Locate the downloaded arcore-unity-extensions-*.tgz tarball, then click Open.

    4. Wait a moment while Unity installs this and dependent packages into your project.

  4. Choose Window > Package Manager, and install ARKit XR Plugin package version 4.1.5 or later (required for building iOS apps).

    When upgrading your project from an earlier version of Unity to Unity 2019.1 or later, verify the following setting:

    Setting Value
    Player Settings > Other Settings > Script Runtime Version .Net 4.x Equivalent or higher

Configure project settings

  1. Select File > Build Settings.
  2. Select iOS and click Switch Platform.
  3. In the Build Settings window, click Player Settings.
  4. In the Inspector window, open the Other Settings menu.
  5. Configure the following settings:
    Setting Value
    Player Settings > Other Settings > Bundle Identifier Add your app's name in a reverse DNS format.
    For example, use com.mycompany.myapp
    Player Settings > Other Settings > Camera usage description Enter a description to explain your use of AR (for example, ARKit).
    Player Settings > Other Settings > Target minimum iOS version 11.0 or higher
    Player Settings > Other Settings > Architecture ARM64
  6. Go to Edit > Project Settings and click XR Plug-in Management.
  7. Select ios and click ARKit under the Plug-in Providers table.

Build and launch the app

Your development environment is now configured for targeting iOS for ARCore Extensions for AR Foundation.

You can use the following steps for building and launching your own ARCore apps targeting iOS.

Build for iOS

  1. In Unity, click Build and select an output folder for your iOS Xcode project. An Xcode project is generated.

  2. Locate and open the generated Unity-iPhone.xcworkspace workspace file in Xcode.

  3. In Xcode, select the Unity iOS project in the left pane, connect your device, and launch your app.

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