Initializes an advertiser assistant object.
- iOS 7.0+
- macOS 10.10+
- tvOS 10.0+
The type of service to advertise. This should be a short text string that describes the app's networking protocol, in the same format as a Bonjour service type (without the transport protocol) and meeting the restrictions of RFC 6335 (section 5.1) governing Service Name Syntax. In particular, the string:
Must be 1–15 characters long
Can contain only ASCII lowercase letters, numbers, and hyphens
Must contain at least one ASCII letter
Must not begin or end with a hyphen
Must not contain hyphens adjacent to other hyphens.
This name should be easily distinguished from unrelated services. For example, a text chat app made by ABC company could use the service type
For more details, read Domain Naming Conventions.
A dictionary of key-value pairs that are made available to browsers. Each key and value must be an
This data is advertised using a Bonjour TXT record, encoded according to RFC 6763 (section 6). As a result:
The key-value pair must be no longer than 255 bytes (total) when encoded in UTF-8 format with an equals sign (
=) between the key and the value.
Keys cannot contain an equals sign.
For optimal performance, the total size of the keys and values in this dictionary should be no more than about 400 bytes so that the entire advertisement can fit within a single Bluetooth data packet. For details on the maximum allowable length, read Monitoring a Bonjour Service.
If the data you need to provide is too large to fit within these constraints, create a custom discovery class using Bonjour for discovery and your choice of networking protocols for exchanging the information.
The session into which new peers should be added after they accept the invitation.
An initialized instance, or
nil if an error occurred.
This method throws an exception if a valid
peer object is not provided, or if
service is not a legal Bonjour service type.