How to call Objective-C functions using JavaScript on iOS/Mac

In Cocos2d-JS v3.0 RC2, we'd like to introduce you the js to Objective-C reflection feature. Like we can call native functions on Java by JS, you can now invoke Objective-C Static Method in JS too.

var ojb = jsb.reflection.callStaticMethod(className, methodName, arg1, arg2, .....);

You can use jsb.reflection.callStaticMethod to call Native OC method by sending className methodName and parameters.

Notice: Please pay attention to Apple Developer Program License Agreement (section 3.3.2) when you use reflection features. The usage of respondsToSelector: and performSelector: might cause problem in App Store review process, here is a related discussion in React-Native's issue tracker.

Objective-C Class

  • You will need to provide your functionality in an OC class as the example below, the className parameter in this case should be NativeOcClass.
import <Foundation/Foundation.h>
@interface NativeOcClass : NSObject
+(BOOL)callNativeUIWithTitle:(NSString *)title andContent:(NSString *)content;

Objective-C Method

  • The reflection from js to OC support only static method of an OC class.

  • methodName parameter in previous example is the OC method name in your class, take NativeOcClass as an example, we can see a method named

+(BOOL)callNativeUIWithTitle:(NSString *)title andContent:(NSString *)content;

So the methodName should be callNativeUIWithTitle:addContent: which is the definition for this method, and don't forget the :. We cannot discuss the details here, but if you are interested, you can search for Objective-C programming guide for more details.

  • Another example below, the methodName should be callNativeWithReturnString.
    +(NSString *)callNativeWithReturnString;


  • In JS code, for invoking the native method callNativeUIWithTitle:andContent: of NativeOcClass, we can use jsb.reflection.callStaticMethod API like this:
var ret = jsb.reflection.callStaticMethod("NativeOcClass",
                                           "Yes! you call a Native UI from Reflection");
  • This method can show an alert dialog and return a boolean status. Here is its implementation, title and content parameters will receive the strings you sent from js:
+(BOOL)callNativeUIWithTitle:(NSString *) title andContent:(NSString *)content{
    UIAlertView *alertView = [[UIAlertView alloc] initWithTitle:title message:content delegate:self cancelButtonTitle:@"Cancel" otherButtonTitles:@"OK", nil];
    [alertView show];
    return true;


Types supported for parameters and return value are limited in Cocos2d-JS reflection.

  • If you need to use float, int, double as parameter types in your native method, you need to change to use NSNumber instead.
  • If you need to use bool as parameter type, you need to change to use BOOL instead.
  • Here is an example, we use NSNumber instead of int, float or double.
+(float) addTwoNumber:(NSNumber *)num1 and:(NSNumber *)num2 {
    float result = [num1 floatValue] + [num2 floatValue];
    return result;
  • For return value we only support int, float, bool, string in the current version.

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