Publish Craft CMS entries to Apple News

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2.0.1 2021-04-21 18:36 UTC

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Apple News

This plugin provides an Apple News integration for Craft CMS, making it possible to publish your content to iPhone, iPad, and Mac users around the world.

Before You Begin

Before you can start publishing to Apple News, you’ll need to sign up for News Publisher and create your first channel. Make sure you choose to publish with Apple News Format when asked. Note that new channels must go through an approval process before they can be used.

Once you’ve created a channel, you’ll need to write down its Channel ID and API credentials. You can get those from SettingsChannel InfoConnect CMSAPI Key in News Publisher.


This plugin requires Craft CMS 3.3.0 or later.


You can install this plugin from the Plugin Store or with Composer.

From the Plugin Store

Go to the Plugin Store in your project’s Control Panel and search for Apple News. Then click on the Install button in its modal window.

With Composer

Open your terminal and run the following commands:

# go to the project directory
cd /path/to/my-project.test

# tell Composer to load the plugin
composer require craftcms/apple-news

# tell Craft to install the plugin
./craft install/plugin apple-news

Upgrading from Craft 2

If you’re in the process of upgrading a Craft 2 project to Craft 3, follow these instructions to get Apple News back up and running:

  1. Install Apple News 2.x.
  2. Move your old craft/config/applenews.php file to config/, and rename it to apple-news.php.
  3. Move your old craft/applenewschannels/ folder to config/, and rename it to apple-news-channels/.
  4. Update your channel and article classes within craft/apple-news-channels/ to follow Craft 3 plugin standards (see Updating Plugins for Craft 3) and comply with the new craft\applenews\ArticleInterface.
    • Give your classes an applenewschannels PHP namespace.

      namespace applenewschannels;
      // ...
    • Update class names:

      Old New
      Craft\AppleNewsArticle craft\applenews\Article
      Craft\AppleNewsHelper craft\applenews\Helper
      Craft\AssetFileModel craft\elements\Asset
      Craft\BaseAppleNewsChannel craft\applenews\BaseChannel
      Craft\DateTimeHelper craft\helpers\DateTimeHelper
      Craft\EntryModel craft\elements\Entry
      Craft\IAppleNewsArticle craft\applenews\ArticleInterface
      Craft\MatrixBlockModel craft\elements\MatrixBlock
      Craft\RichTextData craft\redactor\FieldData
    • Add ->all() calls to any element queries before looping through the results, and replace ->first() calls with ->one().

    • Replace any locale checks with site->handle checks.

      // Old
      if ($entry->locale === 'en') {
      // New
      if ($entry->site->handle === 'default') {
    • Add STATUS_ to the beginning of entry status constant names.

    • Update the method signatures in your channel classes to match craft\applenews\ArticleInterface.

      public function matchEntry(\craft\elements\Entry $entry): bool
      public function canPublish(\craft\elements\Entry $entry): bool
      public function createArticle(\craft\elements\Entry $entry): \craft\applenews\ArticleInterface
  5. Add a new autoload root to composer.json for your channel and article classes, and then run composer dump-autoload.
        "autoload": {
            "psr-4": {
                "applenewschannels\\": "config/apple-news-channels/"


Publish to Apple News gets its own configuration file, located at config/apple-news.php. It can have the following config settings:

  • channels (array) – List of channel class configs
  • autoPublishOnSave (bool) – Whether entries should be automatically published to Apple News whenever they are saved (true by default)

Here’s an example:


return [
    'channels' => [
            'class' => applenewschannels\MyNewsChannel::class,
            'channelId' => getenv('NEWS_CHANNEL_ID'), // xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
            'apiKeyId' => getenv('NEWS_API_KEY'),     // xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
            'apiSecret' => getenv('NEWS_API_SECRET'), // xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Channel Classes

Channel classes tell the plugin everything it needs to know to start publishing content Apple News. They should should extend craft\applenews\BaseChannel.

We recommend that you save your channel classes in config/apple-news-channels and use an applenewschannels namespace.

namespace applenewschannels;
// ...

An example channel class is provided at apple-news-channels/MyNewsChannel.php, which will more or less work with the “News” section within the Happy Lager demo site.

Autoloading your Channel Classes

To make your channel classes autoloadable, add a new autoload root to composer.json for your channel and article classes, and then run composer dump-autoload.

   "autoload": {
       "psr-4": {
           "applenewschannels\\": "config/apple-news-channels/"


Once your Channel classes are set up and included properly, a new Apple News Channels area appear in the details pane of Edit Entry pages, for entries that have at least one matching channel.

The Apple News Channels area within an Edit Entry page

Each channel will display an action menu beside it with some of the following options, depending on the state of the article:

  • Publish to Apple News – Queues the article to be published to Apple News.
  • Copy share URL – Displays a prompt that allows the user to copy the article’s share URL.
  • Download for News Preview – Downloads the entry’s article.json (and other files), which can be loaded into the News Preview app, to see exactly how your article will look on various iOS devices once published.

There will also be a new Publish to Apple News bulk action on the Entries index page, which makes it possible to queue up several entries to be published at once.

The “Publish to Apple News” bulk entry action


You can learn more about publishing on Apple News at the following resources:


Please be aware of the following caveats:

  • Entries with a Post Date set in the future won’t be automatically published to Apple News when they go live.


Many thanks to Chapter Three for their excellent AppleNewsAPI library.