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Kotlin Native Multiplatform

This is an example of multiplatform Kotlin/Native project. The whole business logic is written in Kotlin and shared between iOS and Android apps.

The project contains the common module named common and have support for iOS by common-ios and Android platforms.

How to create a Kotlin/Native Multiplatform project

Gradle Installation

Install Gradle for macOS with the following command or read manual installation here.

$ brew install gradle

Project Setup

Create a folder to be your project with any name, in my case is kotlin-native-multiplatform. Open folder in shell and run

$ gradle init

Then create another folder for your common framework, it could be named common.

Inside the common folder:

  • Create another build.gradle
  • A tree of folders like src/main/kotlin/com/example

After all, do the same to create the iOS and the Android framework, you could named as common-ios and common-android

The result should be as following:

├── build.gradle
├── gradle
├── gradlew
├── gradlew.bat
├── settings.gradle
└── shared
    ├── common
    │   ├── build.gradle
    │   └── src
    │       └── main
    │           └── kotlin
    │               └── com
    │                   └── example
    ├── common-android
    │   ├── build.gradle
    │   └── src
    │       └── main
    │           └── kotlin
    │               └── com
    │                   └── example
    └── common-ios
        ├── build.gradle
        └── src
            └── main
               └── kotlin
                   └── com
                       └── example

Configuring project

Add the following code to settings.gradle file

include ':shared:common'
include ':shared:common-ios'
include ':shared:common-android'

To configure your project build.gradle

// Set up a buildscript dependency on the Kotlin plugin.
buildscript {
    // Specify a Kotlin version you need.
    ext.kotlin_version = '1.2.31'

    repositories {
        maven { url "" }

    // Specify all the plugins used as dependencies
    dependencies {
        classpath "org.jetbrains.kotlin:kotlin-gradle-plugin:$kotlin_version"
        classpath "org.jetbrains.kotlin:kotlin-native-gradle-plugin:0.7-dev-1613"


// Set up compilation dependency repositories for all projects.
subprojects {
    repositories {

Configuring common framework

Add this code to shared/common/build.gradle

apply plugin: 'kotlin-platform-common'

group = 'com.example'
version = 1.0

dependencies {
    compile "org.jetbrains.kotlin:kotlin-stdlib-common:$kotlin_version"

Configuring common-ios framework

The konan plugin creates a nice interface between gradle and the Kotlin/Native compiler.

Add this code to shared/common-ios/build.gradle

apply plugin: 'konan'

// Specify targets to build the framework: iOS and iOS simulator
konan.targets = ['iphone', 'iphone_sim']

konanArtifacts {
    framework('Common') {
        enableDebug true
        enableMultiplatform true

dependencies {
    expectedBy project(':shared:common')


To compile and test if everything is running fine, go to root directory project and run this code to output a number of tasks preconfigured by Gradle

./gradlew tasks

After that, compile common-ios framework

./gradlew compileKonan

iOS application

  1. Create a new Xcode project in the root directory of project.

  2. Add a new framework in the project with the same framework name as in shared/common-ios/build.gradle: Common

Go File -> New -> Target -> Cocoa Touch Framework

  1. Choose the new framework in the Project Navigator and open the Build Settings tab and add the following User-Defined:

    • Debug: NO
    • Release: YES

    • Any iOS simulator SDK: compileKonan<framework name>Ios_x64
    • Any iOS SDK: compileKonan<framework name>Ios_arm64

Replace <framework name> with the name you specified in the library's common-ios/build.gradle. It will be like that:

  1. Ensure that the framework is still selected in the Project Navigator and open the Build phases tab. Remove all default phases except Target Dependencies.
  2. Add a new Run Script build phase and put the following code into the script field:
"$SRCROOT/../../gradlew" -p "$SRCROOT/../../shared/common-ios" "$KONAN_TASK" \"$SRCROOT/build" \
-Pkonan.debugging.symbols="$DEBUGGING_SYMBOLS" \

This script executes gradle build to compile common-ios library into a framework, copy the framework from origin build folder and paste to ios project root directory.

  1. Add Kotlin sources into the framework

File -> Add files to <name of your Xcode project>

  • Choose the directory with Kotlin sources (shared folder in this sample).
  • Add Header folder created by common-iosframework as sources.

Now the framework is added and all Kotlin API are available from Swift code (note that you need to build the framework in order to get code completion).

To use Kotlin code import your framework, in our case is Common. Look that all Kotlin classes have the framework name as prefix:

import UIKit
import Common

class ViewController: UIViewController {

    override func viewDidLoad() {

Android Application

apply plugin: 'kotlin-platform-jvm'

group = 'com.example'
version = 1.0

dependencies {
    implementation "org.jetbrains.kotlin:kotlin-stdlib-jdk7:$kotlin_version"

    expectedBy project(':shared:common')

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