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Watching for Events

Starting with AliceOS Prospect Park, apps can declare and make use of System Events. Apps that want to use system event watching must declare the AS_REQUIRES_SYSTEM_EVENTS permission in their manifest and use the appropriate methods outlined in this document.

What are system events?

Any operation that AliceOS performs such as startup, login, or displaying an error is considered a system event. Apps that have the permission can access the following system events:

  • Startup

Running tasks during boot

Apps using AppKit may want to perform some initialization tasks when AliceOS boots. This can be accomplished by making use of the applicationWillLaunchAtLogin method.


Runs any initial tasks or specified startup tasks during boot.


Determines whether the application has permission to run tasks during boot.

Returns: Boolean value dictating if the app has permission to run at boot.

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