A SDWebImage loader plugin, to support load rich link image with LinkPresentation framework

What's New

Backward deployment and weak linking



  • Supports to use this framework backward deployable on iOS 12/macOS 10.14- #15
  • Fix the warning for Carthage user about "Linking against a dylib which is not safe for use in application extensions"


CI Status Version License Platform Carthage compatible SwiftPM compatible codecov

What's for

SDWebImageLinkPlugin is a plugin for SDWebImage framework, which provide the image loading support for rich link URL, by using the Link Presentation framework introduced in iOS 13/macOS 10.15.

By using this plugin, it allows you to use your familiar View Category method from SDWebImage, to load rich link's poster image, with the URL or LPLinkMetadata. And make it easy to use LPLinkView with cache support.

See more about Link Presentation in WWDC 262: Embedding and Sharing Visually Rich Links


  • iOS 13+
  • macOS 10.15+
  • Xcode 11+



SDWebImageLinkPlugin is available through CocoaPods. To install it, simply add the following line to your Podfile:

pod 'SDWebImageLinkPlugin'


SDWebImageLinkPlugin is available through Carthage.

github "SDWebImage/SDWebImageLinkPlugin"

Swift Package Manager (Xcode 11+)

SDWebImageLinkPlugin is available through Swift Package Manager.

let package = Package(
    dependencies: [
        .package(url: "", from: "0.1")


Setup Loader

To use the LinkPlugin, you should setup the loader firstly. See more here in Wiki - Loaders Manager

  • Objective-C
// Put this code on AppDelegate.m
- (BOOL)application:(UIApplication *)application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:(NSDictionary *)launchOptions
    // Override point for customization after application launch.
    [SDImageLoadersManager.sharedManager addLoader:SDImageLinkLoader.sharedLoader];
    SDWebImageManager.defaultImageLoader = SDImageLoadersManager.sharedManager;
    return YES;

Load Rich Link on UIImageView

The simple and fast usage, it to use the SDWebImage provided category on UIImageView.

  • Objective-C
NSURL *url = [NSURL URLWithString:@""];
self.imageView = [[UIImageView alloc] init];
self.imageView.contentMode = UIViewContentModeScaleAspectFit;
[self.view addSubview:self.imageView];
[self.imageView sd_setImageWithURL:url completed:^(UIImage * _Nullable image, NSError * _Nullable error, SDImageCacheType cacheType, NSURL * _Nullable imageURL) {
    if (image && [image.sd_extendedObject isKindOfClass:LPLinkMetadata.class]) {
        NSLog(@"%@", @"UIImageView metadata load success");

Load Rich Link on LPLinkView

Important note on LPLinkView: Current iOS 13.0 contains bug that LPLinkView may not compatible with TableView/CollectionView cell-reusing. To workaround this issue, you can choose one of these below (one is OK):

  1. Do not using cache at all. So, always pass SDWebImageFromLoaderOnly to load the metadata from network
  2. Using trick code, create LPLinkView with empty LPLinkMetadata, or nil URL (important).
  • Objective-C
NSURL *url = [NSURL URLWithString:@""];
self.linkView = [[LPLinkView alloc] initWithURL:nil];
[self.view addSubview:self.linkView];
[self.linkView sd_setImageWithURL:url completed:^(UIImage * _Nullable image, NSError * _Nullable error, SDImageCacheType cacheType, NSURL * _Nullable imageURL) {
    if (image && [image.sd_extendedObject isKindOfClass:LPLinkMetadata.class]) {
        NSLog(@"%@", @"LPLinkView metadata load success");

Using LPLinkMetadata

For some cases, if you have the pre-fetched or pre-created LPLinkMetadata object, you can use SDWebImageContextLinkMetadata context option to associate it, without extra request to the original link URL. But in most cases, you don't need so, just use the NSURL point to the rich link, we query the LPLinkMetadata with LPMetadataProvider.

Remember, if you don't want the double cache (LPLinkMetadata archive will contains the image data as well, but not simple image URL), do not sync or cache the metadata from callback's image.sd_extendedObject to your own storage using NSCoding methods. Let the framework do this thing.

  • Objective-C
// Decoding a metadata from your serialization solution
LPLinkMetadata *metadata = [NSKeyedUnarchiver unarchiveObjectWithFile:@"/path/to/metadata"];
// Load image without query metadata again
[imageView sd_setImageWithURL:metadata.originalURL placeholderImage:nil options:0 context:@{SDWebImageContextLinkMetadata : metadata}];

Note: By default, if the image is cached, we do not send request to query new metadata. If you need to query the metadata as well, consider using SDWebImage's SDWebImageRefreshCached option. Or using SDWebImageFromLoaderOnly to avoid cache during query.

Note: By default, we prefer to load the image only, which does not generate the image data. This can increase the loading speed. But however, you can also specify to generate the image data by using SDWebImageContextLinkRequestImageData context option.

Backward Deployment

This framework supports backward deployment on iOS 12-/macOS 10.14- version from v0.3.0. The backward deployment supports Carthage/CocoaPods only (SwiftPM does not support).

For CocoaPods user, you can skip the platform version validation in Podfile with:

platform :ios, '13.0' # This does not effect your App Target's deployment target version, just a hint for CocoaPods

For Carthage user, the built binary framework use weak linking for backward deployment.

Pay attention, you should always use the runtime version check to ensure those symbols are available, you should mark all the classes use public API with API_AVAILABLE annotation as well. See below:

if (@available(iOS 13, *)) {
    SDImageLinkLoader.sharedLoader.timeout = 60;

@interface MyLinkManager : NSObject
@property (nonatomic) LPLinkMetadata *metadata;
@property (nonatomic) SDImageLinkLoader *loader;


If you have some issue about usage, SDWebImageLinkPlugin provide a demo for iOS && macOS platform. To run the demo, clone the repo and run the following command.

cd Example/
pod install
open SDWebImageLinkPlugin.xcworkspace

After the Xcode project was opened, click Run to build and run the demo.

Tips: The iOS demo provide the both of two views' usage. Click Switch View to toggle between UIImageView/LPLinkView.


These rich link image is from the Apple site and WebKit site.




SDWebImageLinkPlugin is available under the MIT license. See the LICENSE file for more info.


  • Swift Tools 5.1.0
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Last updated: Sat Jun 01 2024 18:03:00 GMT-0900 (Hawaii-Aleutian Daylight Time)