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Swift 5.2 Platform: iOS | macCatalyst 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 and macOS. GPLv3 Licensed.

Copyright © 2018-2020 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


Google Cast

NineAnimator supports playing back on both AirPlay (via Apple’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, Macs, and iOS 14+ devices.

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 Apple’s Background Application Refresh. NineAnimator will actively poll the available episodes and compares it with locally cached episodes.

To subscribe an anime, long press on the anime in the Recents category of your Library.

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 Settings -> Home panel.

See Notifications and HomeController for implementation details.

Handoff & Siri Shortcuts

NineAnimator supports Apple’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, the 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 settings app. Find NineAnimator under the root menu, tap Siri & Search, then tap Shortcuts.

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 settings 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:


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Watch Next Library Search
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Edit Lists Choose Episodes Downloads
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Recents Anime (iPad) Picture in Picture (iPad)
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Anime Information Airing Schedule (iPad)
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Watch Next Library Search
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Edit Lists Choose Episodes Downloads
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Recents Anime (iPad) Picture in Picture (iPad)
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Anime Information Airing Schedule (iPad)
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Google Cast

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