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Syncing a Portal with Live Updates

The sync operation checks Appflow for a new version of a web app used in a Portal. If an update is available, the files are downloaded and the Portal is updated to use those new files the next time it loads. The Live Updates SDK will perform a sync when the Live Update Config is added to a Portal by default. This is typically done when an app is initially launched, and requires a full restart of an app to trigger subsequent syncs. We recommend performing a sync in other situations to provide more chances for Portals to update.

Triggering a Sync

A sync can be triggered by calling the sync function in the Live Update Manager.

// Sync all apps

// Sync a specific app
LiveUpdateManager.shared.sync(appId: "appId")

// Sync all apps not in parallel and with a callback
isParallel: false,
syncComplete: { print("Sync completed!") },
appComplete: { _ in print("App update complete") }

When to Sync

Deciding when to sync is at your discretion.


Depending on the size of your web app assets, a sync operation could be expensive. Keep in mind that mobile users may be on a cellular network data connection or may be opening the app from a mininized or background state to use it.

The following example performs a sync when an app resumes as long as six hours has elapsed since the previous sync. This ensures a check is performed every time a user opens the app whether it is opened for the first time or opened from a minimized state.

override func viewDidLoad() {
// If it has been more than 6 hours since last update check, sync now.
if let lastUpdate = LiveUpdateManager.shared.lastSync(for: "appId"),
let hoursSinceLastUpdate = Calendar.current
.dateComponents([.hour], from: lastUpdate, to: Date()).hour,
hours > 6 {

LiveUpdateManager.shared.sync(appId: "appId")