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NetworkImage 5.0.0


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NetworkImage is a Swift package that provides image downloading, caching, and displaying for your SwiftUI apps. It leverages the foundation URLCache, providing persistent and in-memory caches.

You can explore all the capabilities of this package in the companion demo project.

Supported Platforms

You can use NetworkImage in the following platforms:

  • macOS 11.0+
  • iOS 14.0+
  • tvOS 14.0+
  • watchOS 7.0+


A network image downloads and displays an image from a given URL; the download is asynchronous, and the result is cached both in disk and memory.

You create a network image, in its simplest form, by providing the image URL.

NetworkImage(url: URL(string: "https://picsum.photos/id/237/300/200"))
  .frame(width: 300, height: 200)

To manipulate the loaded image, use the content parameter.

NetworkImage(url: URL(string: "https://picsum.photos/id/237/300/200")) { image in
.frame(width: 150, height: 150)

The view displays a standard placeholder that fills the available space until the image loads. You can specify a custom placeholder by using the placeholder parameter.

NetworkImage(url: URL(string: "https://picsum.photos/id/237/300/200")) { image in
} placeholder: {
  Color.yellow // Shown while the image is loaded or an error occurs
.frame(width: 150, height: 150)

It is also possible to specify a custom fallback placeholder that the view will display if there is an error or the URL is nil.

NetworkImage(url: URL(string: "https://picsum.photos/id/237/300/200")) { image in
} placeholder: {
  ProgressView() // Shown while the image is loaded
} fallback: {
  Image(systemName: "photo") // Shown when an error occurs or the URL is nil
.frame(width: 150, height: 150)

Using NetworkImageLoader

For other use cases outside the scope of SwiftUI, you can download images directly using the shared NetworkImageLoader. In the following example, a view controller downloads an image and applies a transformation to it.

class MyViewController: UIViewController {
    private lazy var imageView = UIImageView()
    private var cancellables: Set<AnyCancellable> = []

    override func loadView() {
        let view = UIView()
        view.backgroundColor = .systemBackground

        imageView.translatesAutoresizingMaskIntoConstraints = false
        imageView.backgroundColor = .secondarySystemBackground

            imageView.widthAnchor.constraint(equalToConstant: 300),
            imageView.heightAnchor.constraint(equalToConstant: 200),
            imageView.centerXAnchor.constraint(equalTo: view.centerXAnchor),
            imageView.centerYAnchor.constraint(equalTo: view.centerYAnchor),

        self.view = view

    override func viewDidLoad() {

        NetworkImageLoader.shared.image(for: URL(string: "https://picsum.photos/id/237/300/200")!)
            .map { image in
                // tint the image with a yellow color
                UIGraphicsImageRenderer(size: image.size).image { _ in
                    image.draw(at: .zero)
                    UIRectFillUsingBlendMode(CGRect(origin: .zero, size: image.size), .multiply)
            .replaceError(with: UIImage(systemName: "photo.fill")!)
            .receive(on: DispatchQueue.main)
            .sink(receiveValue: { [imageView] image in
                imageView.image = image
            .store(in: &cancellables)

NetworkImage and Testing

NetworkImage is implemented with testing in mind and provides view modifiers to stub image responses. This allows you to write synchronous tests, avoiding the use of expectations or waits. The following example shows how to use this feature with Point-Free's SnapshotTesting library.

final class MyTests: XCTestCase {
    func testImage() {
        let view = NetworkImage(url: URL(string: "https://picsum.photos/id/237/300/200")!)
            .frame(width: 300, height: 300)
            .clipShape(RoundedRectangle(cornerRadius: 8))
            // Stub a badServerResponse error
                .mock(response: Fail(error: URLError(.badServerResponse) as Error))

        assertSnapshot(matching: view, as: .image(layout: .device(config: .iPhoneSe)))


You can add NetworkImage to an Xcode project by adding it as a package dependency.

  1. From the File menu, select Swift Packages › Add Package Dependency…
  2. Enter https://github.com/gonzalezreal/NetworkImage into the package repository URL text field
  3. Link NetworkImage to your application target

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Last updated: Wed Nov 23 2022 15:59:57 GMT-0500 (GMT-05:00)