Automatic snapshots from Xcode previews

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📸 SnapshotPreviews

An all-in-one iOS snapshot testing solution built on Xcode previews. Automatic browsable gallery of previews, and no-code snapshot generation with XCTest. Supports SwiftUI and UIKit previews using PreviewProvider and #Preview.


Add the package dependency to your Xcode project using the URL of this repository ( Link your app to PreviewGallery and (optionally) your XCTest target to Snapshotting and SnapshottingTests.


Preview Gallery

PreviewGallery is an interactive UI built on top of snapshot extraction. It turns your Xcode previews into a gallery of components and features you can access from your application. Xcode is not required to view the previews. You can use it to preview individual components (buttons/rows/icons/etc) or even entire interactive features.

The public API of PreviewGallery is a single SwiftUI View named PreviewGallery. Displaying this view gives you access to the full gallery. For example, you could add a button with navigation like this:

import SwiftUI
import PreviewGallery

NavigationLink("Open Gallery") { PreviewGallery() }

The gallery also supports macOS. However, snapshotting does not support macOS.

Local Snapshot Generation

The EmergeTools snapshot testing service automatically handles hosting and diffing your snapshot tests. This Swift Package can be used for locally debugging the snapshots by generating images for each preview as part of a XCTest. You’ll need a UI test target that imports the SnapshottingTests and Snapshotting products from this package. Create a test that inherits from PreviewTest like this:

import Snapshotting
import SnapshottingTests

class MyPreviewTest: PreviewTest {

  override func getApp() -> XCUIApplication {
    return XCUIApplication()

  override func snapshotPreviews() -> [String]? {
    return nil

Note that there are no test functions; they are automatically added at runtime by PreviewTest. You can return a list of previews from the snapshotPreviews() function based on what preview you are trying to locally validate. The previews will be added as attachements in Xcode’s test results. The test must be run on an iOS simulator (not device).

Screenshot of Xcode test output

Accessibility Audits

Xcode 15 accessibility audits can also be run locally on any preview. By default they will use all audit types. To customize the behavior you can override the following functions in your test:

  override func enableAccessibilityAudit() -> Bool {

  @available(iOS 17.0, *)
  override func auditType() -> XCUIAccessibilityAuditType {
    return .all

  @available(iOS 17.0, *)
  override func handle(_ issue: XCUIAccessibilityAuditIssue) -> Bool {
    return false

See the demo app for a full example.

Accessibility Snapshots

You can also add visualisations of accessibiilty elements to snapshots using the emergeAccessibility function. For example:

struct MyPreview: PreviewProvider {
  static var previews: some View {


  • Swift Tools 5.7.1
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