iosnsnotificationcenter

How can I listen for all notifications sent to the iOS NSNotificationCenter's defaultCenter?


I want to listen to all notifications dispatched to the defaultCenter. Both public and private. Does anyone know how I can do this?


Solution

  • Use NSNotificationCenter's addObserverForName:object:queue:usingBlock: OR addObserver:selector:name:object: method and pass nil for the name and object.

    Example

    The following code should do the job:

    - (void)dumpNotifications {
        NSNotificationCenter *notifyCenter = [NSNotificationCenter defaultCenter];
        [notifyCenter addObserverForName:nil 
                                  object:nil 
                                   queue:nil 
                              usingBlock:^(NSNotification *notification){
                                 // Explore notification
                                 NSLog(@"Notification found with:"
                                        "\r\n     name:     %@"
                                        "\r\n     object:   %@"
                                        "\r\n     userInfo: %@", 
                                        [notification name], 
                                        [notification object], 
                                        [notification userInfo]);
                              }];
    }
    

    Docs

    Here are the docs on addObserverForName:object:queue:usingBlock:. In particular, see the name and obj parameters.

    addObserverForName:object:queue:usingBlock:

    Adds an entry to the receiver’s dispatch table with a notification queue and a block to add to the queue, and optional criteria: notification name and sender.

    - (id)addObserverForName:(NSString *)name object:(id)obj queue:(NSOperationQueue *)queue usingBlock:(void (^)(NSNotification *))block

    Parameters

    name

    The name of the notification for which to register the observer; that is, only notifications with this name are used to add the block to the operation queue. If you pass nil, the notification center doesn’t use a notification’s name to decide whether to add the block to the operation queue.

    obj

    The object whose notifications you want to add the block to the operation queue. If you pass nil, the notification center doesn’t use a notification’s sender to decide whether to add the block to the operation queue.

    queue

    The operation queue to which block should be added. If you pass nil, the block is run synchronously on the posting thread.

    block

    The block to be executed when the notification is received. The block is copied by the notification center and (the copy) held until the observer registration is removed. The block takes one argument:

    notification

    The notification.