Referral SaaSquatch Help Center

An installation walkthrough for the iOS SDK, explanations of common usage cases, and code examples.

In this article we're going to add the SDK into our project and start using it to interface with Referral SaaSquatch.


Step 0: Remove Previous Versions

If you already have a version of the saasquatch.framework installed in your project you will need to remove it.

In the Xcode Project Navigator right-click on the saasquatch.framework item, select Delete, and then Move to Trash.

Step 1: CocoaPods

If you do not have CocoaPods installed on your system, get it by running the following command:

$ sudo gem install cocoapods

Open the path to your project:

$ cd /path/to/my/project

and then run:

$ pod install

Step 2: Download the SDK

Go to the Github project's Releases page and select the release that corresponds with the version of Swift being used in your project.

The Referral SaaSquatch iOS Mobile SDK currently provides support for Swift version 2.2.1 and 2.3.

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Step 2: Add the SDK to your project

Unzip the SDK and drag saasquatch.framework into your XCode, and drop it at the root level of the Project Navigator:

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Make sure to select Copy items if needed and add the framework to your app's target:

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From the top level in the Project navigator select the General tab.

Make sure saasquatch.framework is listed under Embedded Binaries and Linked Frameworks and Libraries.

If the saasquatch.framework is not listed in either of these click the + to add it from the list of frameworks.

It should look like this:

Head to the Build Phases tab.

Make sure saasquatch.framework is listed under Link Binary With Libraries and Embed Frameworks.

If the saasquatch.framework is not listed in either of these click the + to add it from the list of frameworks.

Your Build Phases tab should look like this:

The SDK is now ready for use in your project.


You can test whether your app (and the saasquatch framework) is working by deploying your project to a device.

This can be done using either the sample app project, or an existing project which you have included the saasquatch framework in.


  • Needs to be tested on a physical iOS device
  • Supports a deployment target of iOS 8.0 or above
  1. Plug in your device and select it from “Your App”> Generic Device Tree in the Title Bar
  2. Build to device using “command + b” or clicking the play button from the title bar image09
  3. This will open the app on your device


The Referral SaaSquatch iOS SDK allows us to:

  • Register our users with Referral SaaSquatch to track their referrals.
  • Track our user's referrals with Referral SaaSquatch.
  • Fetch information about our users, referral codes and rewards.

To demonstrate how to use the SDK, let's walk through registering a user with Referral SaaSquatch and making a referral as demoed in our Sample App. This can be achieved by following these steps:

  • Register our new user with Referral SaaSquatch.
  • Lookup a referral code provided by our user during sign up.
  • Apply the referral to our user's account.
  • Show our user some information about the user who referred them.

Import Saasquatch

Import the Saasquatch class at the top of your file.

import saasquatch

Register a user with Referral SaaSquatch

To register a user, we provide user information to Referral SaaSquatch. We provide our tenant alias which identifies our app. A userId from our system is passed to SaaSquatch to uniquely identify our users. We pass in an accountId, which Referral SaaSquatch uses to group users together; see Shared vs Solo Accounts to see what you should use here. Lastly, we provide a valid JSON object containing information about our user. For a description of the available userInfo fields, please see SaaSquatch docs. Here is an example:

// This is your tenant alias which identifies you with Referral SaaSquatch
let tenant = "acpiocfij942"

// We register our user internally, then pass the user's information to Referral SaaSquatch
let userId = "000001"
let accountId = "000001"

let userInfo: [String: AnyObject] = [
    "id": userId,
    "accountId": accountId,
    "email": "",
    "firstName": "Claire",
    "lastName": "Fraser",
    "locale": "en_US",
    "referralCode": "CLAIREFRASER"]

In this example, we assign an id of 000001 since Claire is our first user. We pass her email, first and last names, and her locale to Referral SaaSquatch. We have also assigned her a referral code so she can use it to refer new users. When a new user signs up with referral code "CLAIREFRASER" she will get the credit.

Now we can register our user with Referral SaaSquatch using this call:

// Register a user with Referral Saasquatch
Saasquatch.registerUserForTenant(tenant, withUserID: userId, withAccountID: accountId, withToken: token, withUserInfo: userInfo,
    completionHandler: {(userInfo: AnyObject?, error: NSError?) in

        // Code to be executed after the async call returns

We provide a completionHandler which will be called with userInfo and error. userInfo contains the returned information about the user. error contains a description of the error, if any, and an error code indicating the HTTP status code returned by the server. If error is nil then userInfo will exist and vice versa.

In our completionHandler, we will parse through the returned data and save anything useful for later.

completionHandler: {(userInfo: AnyObject?, error: NSError?) in

    // First, check if an error occurred
    if error != nil {
        //handle errors

    // We would like to save the share links returned by the Referral SaaSquatch server.
    guard let shareLinks = userInfo?["shareLinks"] as? [String: AnyObject],
        let shareLink = shareLinks["shareLink"] as? String,
        let facebookShareLink = shareLinks["mobileFacebookShareLink"] as? String,
        let twitterShareLink = shareLinks["mobileTwitterShareLink"] as? String, else {

Make the referral

Once the user is registered and any useful information returned in userInfo has been saved away, we will make their referral with Referral SaaSquatch. We'll call applyReferralCode with the code our user gave us and their userId, accountId and token. The function validates the referral code. If the code is successful the reward information will be returned in userInfo, or if the code cannot be applied to the account an error will be returned.

Saasquatch.applyReferralCode("BOBTESTERSON", forTenant: tenant, toUserID: userId, toAccountID: accountId, withToken: token,
    completionHandler: {(userInfo: AnyObject?, error: NSError?) in

        // First, make sure there is no error
        if error != nil {
            //handle errors

        // Parse the referral code information returned in userInfo
        guard let reward = userInfo?["reward"] as? [String: AnyObject],
        let type = reward["type"] as? String else {

        // For a complete list of reward types and fields, please visit
        if type == "PCT_DISCOUNT" {
            guard let percent = reward["discountPercent"] as? Int else {

        // Do something with the reward

During your user's registration, you may want to look up a referral code they entered to check it's existance and get information about the associated reward. The call is very similar to applyReferralCode and returns the same reward information in userInfo. The tenant and referral code are the only required parameters, but if you make too many calls without a token you may get a 401: Unauthorized response. For a complete description of the available fields, visit the SaaSquatch docs.

Saasquatch.lookupReferralCode("BOBTESTERSON", forTenant: tenant, withToken: token,
    completionHandler: {(userInfo: AnyObject?, error: NSError?) in

        // Parse the reward as in applyReferralCode(_:forTenant:toUserID:toAccountID:withToken:completionHandler)


Lookup who referred our new user

The last thing we would like to do is let our user know they have been referred successfully. Let's lookup the user that referred them so we can let our user know who they can thank. For this, we can use the userByReferralCode method like this:

Saasquatch.userByReferralCode("BOBTESTERSON", forTenant: tenant, withToken: token,
    completionHandler: {(userInfo: AnyObject?, error: NSError?) in

        // Always check the error
        if error != nil {
            //handle errors

        // Parse the returned information
        guard let referrerFirstName = userInfo?["firstName"] as? String,
            let referrerLastInitial = userInfo?["lastInitial"] as? String,
            let referrerImageURL = userInfo?["imageUrl"] as? String else {

        // Now we can use this information to inform our user of their referral

Great! We registered our new user with Referral SaaSquatch and successfully made a referral.

List Referrals

Let's add one more bit of functionality to our app to demonstrate listReferralsForTenant. Bob Testerson referred our new user, Claire Fraser, and we would like to show him a list of everyone he's referred (it's a lot). To do this, we call listReferralsForTenant.

This method looks up all the referrals for us, the tenant. The other required parameter is a token to authenticate the request. The remainder of the parameters are options for filtering this list. In this case, we want to list only the referrals where Bob is the referrer. We will pass in Bob's userId and accountId and parse the list returned in userInfo. For a description of the options for filtering, see the SaaSquatch docs.

Saasquatch.listReferralsForTenant(tenant, withToken: token, forReferringAccountID: bobsAccountId, forReferringUserID: bobsUserId, beforeDateReferralPaid: nil, beforeDateReferralEnded: nil, withReferredModerationStatus: nil, withReferrerModerationStatus: nil, withLimit: nil, withOffset: nil,
    completionHandler: {(userInfo: AnyObject?, error: NSError?) in

        // Check the error
        if (error != nil) {
            //handle errors

        // Parse the list of referrals
        guard let referrals: NSArray = userInfo!["referrals"] as? NSArray else {

        for referral in referrals {

            guard let referredUser = referral["referredUser"] as? NSDictionary,
                let firstName = referredUser["firstName"] as? NSString,
                let referredReward = referral["referredReward"] as? NSDictionary,

                // In this case, we are giving out only percent discount rewards, so we know this field will exist
                let discountPercent = referredReward["discountPercent"] as? NSInteger else {

            // Do something with the referral information


For a detailed description of the Saasquatch class and it's public methods, please visit the iOS SDK reference for Swift or Objective-C.

More information is available about the REST API Open Endpoints which underpin the SaaSquatch mobile SDK functionality.

The github repositories for the SaaSquatch iOS SDK framework for Swift and Objective-C apps are also available for reference.

For a working demo implementation, check out our Sample App

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