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Show User's Location aka. Blue Dot

For a full implementation of this, please see here.
In this tutorial we will show how you can show a blue dot on the map, representing the users location. The position will be served from a mocked positioning provider and displayed on a map in a view controller.
We will start by creating our implementation of a positioning provider.
Create a class MyPositionProvider that inherits from NSObject and implements MPPositionProvider.
class MyPositionProvider : NSObject, MPPositionProvider {
Add some member variables to MyPositionProvider.
  • delegate: The delegate object
  • running: A running state boolean flag
  • latestPosition: The latest positioning result
The following properties are not included in this example since position is mocked but may be necessary depending upon your use case.
  • preferAlwaysLocationPermission: A boolean that indicates whether this provider requires Apple Location Services to always be active
  • locationServicesActive: A boolean that indicates whether Apple Location Services is currently active
  • providerType: A provider type enum, convenient when working with multiple positioning providers in the same application
Create a method called updatePosition. This will be our "loop" constantly posting a new position to the delegate.
  • Check if the provider has a running state
  • Assign a new MPPositionResult to latestPosition
  • Assign a new position point
  • Optionally specify that heading is available and set a heading
  • Notify the delegate by calling onPositionUpdate passing the new position as argument
  • Schedule a new delayed call of this method
func updatePosition() {
if running {
latestPosition?.bearing = (latestPosition!.bearing + 10)
latestPosition?.coordinate = generateRandomCoordinate()
latestPosition?.bearing = Double.random(in: 0..<360)
latestPosition?.accuracy = Double.random(in: 0..<10)
if let delegate = self.delegate, let latestPosition = self.latestPosition {
delegate.onPositionUpdate(position: latestPosition)
weak var _self = self
DispatchQueue.main.asyncAfter(deadline: .now() + 1) {
Implement the startPositioning method. We set the running boolean to true and call updatePos.
func startPositioning(_ arg: String?) {
running = true
Implement the stopPositioning method. We set the running boolean to false.
func stopPositioning(_ arg: String?) {
running = false

Create a view controller displaying a map that shows the user's "mocked" location

Create a class ShowMyLocationController that inherits from UIViewController.
class ShowMyLocationController: UIViewController {
Inside viewDidLoad or any method of your app's lifecycle, generate and apply a random position, you may optionally also override the default icon for blue dot
if let validPosition = await getRandomLocation()?.position {
let provider = MyPositionProvider(mockAt: validPosition)
MPMapsIndoors.shared.positionProvider = provider
mapControl?.showUserPosition = true
if let dr = MPMapsIndoors.shared.displayRuleFor(displayRuleType: .blueDot)
originalIcon = dr.icon
Inside viewDidLoad, we
  • Tell mapControl to show the users location
  • Assign your position provider MyPositionProvider to MapsIndoors.positionProvider and then finally,
  • Start positioning
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