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Carthage Compatible Swift 5.0 Platform iOS License: GPL v3

A simple yet elegant way of waching anime on your favorite anime websites. NineAnimator is a free and open source anime watching app for iOS. GPLv3 Licensed.

Copyright © 2018-2019 Marcus Zhou. All rights reserved.

NineAnimator is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

NineAnimator is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with NineAnimator.  If not, see <>.

Table of Contents


Device Compatibility

NineAnimator is theoretically compatible with all iPhone and iPads running iOS 11.2 or later. However, the app is only tested on the following devices running the latest operation systems:

Build & Install

Step One: Install Carthage

To build this app, you will need Carthage installed.

The simplest way to install Carthage is to use Homebrew.

$ brew update
$ brew install carthage

You can also install Carthage with the installer package, which can be found here.

Step Two: Build the app with Xcode

You won’t need any Apple Developer membership to build and install this app. Open this project in Xcode, connect your phone to the computer, select your device, and click the run button on the top left corner.

Xcode select device

Xcode might prompt you that the bundle identifier cannot be used. In this case, select the NineAnimator in the Navigator, choose NineAnimator in the Targets, click the General tab on the top, and change the Bundle Identifier in the Identity section to whatever you like. Then, click the Team drawer in the Signing section, and choose your developer profile. You should be good to go after this.

Step Three (Optional): Update dependencies

All the required binaries have been compiled and uploaded to the repository, so you shouldn’t need to do this. But if something doesn’t work out, you might want to try updating the dependencies.

Still, you should make sure that you have a working copy of Carthage first.

$ carthage update

Google Cast

NineAnimator supports playing back on both AirPlay (via iOS’s native media player) and Chromecast/Google Cast devices. However, not all of the steaming sources are supported on Chromecast. Check Video Sources for details.

To use Google Cast in NineAnimator, tap on the Google Cast icon on the navigation bar. A window will pop up to prompt you to select a playback device. Once the device is connected, click “Done” and select an episode from the episode list. The video will starts playing automatically on the Google Cast device.

The playback control interface will appear once the playback starts. You may use the volume up/down buttons to adjust the volume.

To disconnect from a Google Cast device, tap on the Google Cast icon on the navigation bar and tap the device that is already connected.

Picture in Picture Playback

This feature is only supported on iPads.

The Picture in Picture (PiP) icon will appear on the top left corner of the player once PiP is ready. You may tap on this icon to initiate PiP playback. To restore fullscreen playback, tap the restore button on the PiP window.

Notifications & Subscription

Subscribing anime in NineAnimator is implemented with iOS’s Background Application Refresh. NineAnimator will actively polls the available episodes and compares it with locally cached episodes.

To subscribe an anime, swipe on the anime from left to right in the Recents tab.

Or simply tap on the subscribe button when you are viewing any anime.

Smart Home Integration

NineAnimator can be configurated to run Home scenes when the playback starts and ends. The default behavior is to only run the scenes when the video is playing on external screens (e.g. Google Cast, AirPlay). However, you may change that in the Preference -> Home panel.

See Notifications and HomeController for implementation details.

Handoff & Siri Shortcuts

NineAnimator supports iOS’s handoff and Siri Shortcuts. This enables you to seemlessly switch between devices when browsing and viewing anime.

When you browse an anime, depending on the device you are using, NineAnimator icon will show up on the dock (iPad) or the task switcher of your other devices. You may tap on the icon to continue browsing or watching on the new device.

To add a siri shortcut, navigate to the system preferences app. Find NineAnimator under the root menu, tap Siri & Search, then tap Shortcuts.

Video Sources

Streaming Sources

Currently only a selection of video streaming hosts is supported by NineAnimator:

All of the sources above support downloading. More hosts may be added later. Feel free to open an issue to request additional hosts.

Anime Websites

NineAnimator supports the following anime websites but with different sets of features:

Anime Listing & Tracking Websites

Third-party Listing & Tracking support is still being improved. As of now, NineAnimator can only present limited amount of information (among the data retrieved) with no review & rating capabilities. Later updates will bring support to those functions.

NineAnimator can present information on a selection of third party listing websites. You can configure NineAnimator to push local playback history to those tracking services.

The tracking services can be configured in the Preferences menu, under the Anime Tracking Services submenu in the Data and Privacy section.

Supported tracking/listing services and capabilities:

Backup History and Playback Progresses

NineAnimator can export the recently watched anime list and the playback histories to a .naconfig file. You may use this file to restore anime to the Recents tab or sync progresses between devices.

Navigate to the preferences menu and tap on the Export History, a share menu will pop up.

Some updates of NineAnimator or improper operations may cause the anime under the Recents tab to disappear. Thus it is always a good habit to regularly backup the playback histories and progresses.

Importing Modes

There are three ways to import a .naconfig file. When you open a .naconfig file, NineAnimator will prompt you to choose one.

.naconfig File

The .naconfig is essentially a binary, property list encoded dictionary with three entries:

See StatesSerialization.swift for implementation details.

Download Episodes

NineAnimator can download episodes for later playback. Tap on the cloud icon in the anime browser to initiate download tasks. Downloaded episodes will appear in the Recents tab.

There are some limitations to NineAnimator’s ability to download and playback videos:


Light Appearance

Featured Anime Recently Viewed Search
1 2 3
Search Results Choose Episodes Downloads
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Featured Anime (iPad) Picture in Picture (iPad)
7 8
Anime Information Anime Information (iPad)
9 10

Dark Appearance

Featured Anime Recently Viewed Search
1 2 3
Search Results Choose Episodes Downloads
4 5 6
Featured Anime (iPad) Picture in Picture (iPad)
7 8
Anime Information Anime Information (iPad)
9 10

Google Cast

Cast Playback Control Cast Playback Control (iPad)
Cast Cast on iPad


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3rd-Party Software Reports

Media & Icons

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