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Useful Libraries for Swift


pod 'Alamofire', '~> 4.4'


  • Making a Request ```swift import Alamofire


* **Response Handling**
Handling the Response of a Request made in Alamofire involves chaining a response handler onto the Request.

Alamofire.request("https://httpbin.org/get").responseJSON { response in
    print(response.request)  // original URL request
    print(response.response) // HTTP URL response
    print(response.data)     // server data
    print(response.result)   // result of response serialization

    if let JSON = response.result.value {
        print("JSON: \(JSON)")

In the above example, the responseJSON handler is appended to the Request to be executed once the Request is complete. Rather than blocking execution to wait for a response from the server, a callback in the form of a closure is specified to handle the response once it’s received. The result of a request is only available inside the scope of a response closure. Any execution contingent on the response or data received from the server must be done within a response closure.

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pod 'Kingfisher', '~> 3.10'


  • Asynchronous image downloading and caching.
  • URLSession-based networking. Basic image processors and filters supplied.
  • Multiple-layer cache for both memory and disk.
  • Cancelable downloading and processing tasks to improve performance.
  • Independent components. Use the downloader or caching system separately as you need.
  • Prefetching images and showing them from cache later when necessary.
  • Extensions for UIImageView, NSImage and UIButton to directly set an image from a URL.
  • Built-in transition animation when setting images.
  • Extensible image processing and image format support.


The simplest use-case is setting an image to an image view with the UIImageView extension:

let url = URL(string: "url_of_your_image")
imageView.kf.setImage(with: url)

With completion handler:

let url = URL(string: "http://domain.com/image.png")!
imageView.kf.setImage(with: url, 
               placeholder: nil,
                   options: [.transition(.fade(1))],
             progressBlock: nil,
         completionHandler: nil)

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pod 'SideMenu', '~> 2.3'


  • It can be implemented in storyboard without a single line of code.
  • Four standard animation styles to choose from (there’s even a parallax effect if you want to get weird).
  • Highly customizable without needing to write tons of custom code.
  • Supports continuous swiping between side menus on boths sides in a single gesture.
  • Global menu configuration. Set-up once and be done for all screens.
  • Menus can be presented and dismissed the same as any other view controller since this control uses custom transitions.
  • Animations use your view controllers, not snapshots.
  • Properly handles screen rotation and in-call status bar height changes.

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Pop is an extensible animation engine for iOS, tvOS, and OS X. In addition to basic static animations, it supports spring and decay dynamic animations, making it useful for building realistic, physics-based interactions. The API allows quick integration with existing Objective-C or Swift codebases and enables the animation of any property on any object. It’s a mature and well-tested framework that drives all the animations and transitions in Paper.

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pod 'Hero', '~> 0.3'

Hero is a library for building iOS view controller transitions. It provides a layer on top of the UIKit’s cumbersome transition APIs. Making custom transitions an easy task for developers.


Hero is similar to Keynote’s Magic Move. It checks the heroID property on all source and destination views. Every matched view pairs are then automatically transitioned from its old state to its new state.

Hero can also construct animations for unmatched views. It is easy to define these animations via the heroModifiers property. Hero will run these animations alongside the Magic Move animations. All of these animations can be interactively controlled by user gestures.

At view controller level, Hero provides several template transitions that you can set through heroModalAnimationType, heroNavigationAnimationType, & heroTabBarAnimationType. These can be used as the foundation of your custom transitions. Combine with heroID & heroModifiers to make truly some unique transitions.


By default, Hero provides dynamic duration based on the Material Design Motion Guide. The duration is determined by the distance & size change. It save you the hassle while providing consistent and delightful animations.

Hero does not make any assumption about how the view is built or structured. It will not modify any of your views’ states other than hiding them during the animation. This makes it work with Auto Layout, programmatic layout, UICollectionView (without modifying its layout object), UITableView, UINavigationController, UITabBarController, etc…

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pod 'NVActivityIndicatorView', '~> 3.6'


NVActivityIndicatorView is a collection of awesome loading animations.

This is original a fork from DGActivityIndicatorView, inspired by Loaders.css, written in Swift with full implementation of animations, plus more.

You can also find Objective-C version of this here.


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For first-hand experience, just open the project and run it.

Animation types

Type Type Type Type
1. ballPulse2. ballGridPulse3. ballClipRotate4. squareSpin
5. ballClipRotatePulse6. ballClipRotateMultiple7. ballPulseRise8. ballRotate
9. cubeTransition10. ballZigZag11. ballZigZagDeflect12. ballTrianglePath
13. ballScale14. lineScale15. lineScaleParty16. ballScaleMultiple
17. ballPulseSync18. ballBeat19. lineScalePulseOut20. lineScalePulseOutRapid
21. ballScaleRipple22. ballScaleRippleMultiple23. ballSpinFadeLoader24. lineSpinFadeLoader
25. triangleSkewSpin26. pacman27. ballGridBeat28. semiCircleSpin
29. ballRotateChase30. orbit31. audioEqualizer 


Firstly, import NVActivityIndicatorView.

import NVActivityIndicatorView


Then, there are two ways you can create NVActivityIndicatorView:

  • By storyboard, changing class of any UIView to NVActivityIndicatorView.

Note: Set Module to NVActivityIndicatorView.

  • By code, using initializer. All parameters other than frame are optional and NVActivityIndicatorView.DEFAULT_* are used as default values.
NVActivityIndicatorView(frame: frame, type: type, color: color, padding: padding)

Note: Check DEFAULTS for default values.


Start animating.


Stop animating.


Determine if it is animating.

animating = activityIndicatorView.animating

Change properties

In storyboard, you can change all properties in Attributes inspector tab of Utilities panel.

Note: Use one of values (case-insensitive) in Animation types for Type Name.

All properties are public so you can change them all after initiating.

Note: All changes must be made before calling startAnimating().

UI blocker

By conforming NVActivityIndicatorViewable protocol, you can use NVActivityIndicatorView as UI blocker for UIViewController.

class ViewController: UIViewController, NVActivityIndicatorViewable { }

Start animating.

startAnimating(size, message) // plus other parameters as in initializer.

Stop animating.


Or you can use NVActivityIndicatorPresenter to display UI blocker anywhere.

Start animating.

let activityData = ActivityData()


Note: Check documentation for detail of ActivityData.

Stop animating.


Change message.



There are global defaults for all NVActivityIndicatorView instances.

  • Default animation type.
NVActivityIndicatorView.DEFAULT_TYPE = .ballSpinFadeLoader
  • Default color of activity indicator view.
NVActivityIndicatorView.DEFAULT_COLOR = UIColor.white
  • Default color of the text below the activity indicator view when using an NVActivityIndicatorPresenter. The presentor will use the activity indicator color for the text if it is set but a textColor is not. DEFAULT_TEXT_COLOR is only used when neither are set.
NVActivityIndicatorView.DEFAULT_TEXT_COLOR = UIColor.white
  • Default padding of activity indicator view.
NVActivityIndicatorView.DEFAULT_PADDING = CGFloat(0)
  • Default size of activity indicator view used in UI blocker.
NVActivityIndicatorView.DEFAULT_BLOCKER_SIZE = CGSizeMake(60, 60)
  • Default background color of UI blocker.
NVActivityIndicatorView.DEFAULT_BLOCKER_BACKGROUND_COLOR = UIColor(red: 0, green: 0, blue: 0, alpha: 0.5)
  • Default display time threshold.

Default time that has to be elapsed (between calls of startAnimating() and stopAnimating()) in order to actually display UI blocker. It should be set thinking about what the minimum duration of an activity is to be worth showing it to the user. If the activity ends before this time threshold, then it will not be displayed at all.

NVActivityIndicatorView.DEFAULT_BLOCKER_DISPLAY_TIME_THRESHOLD = 0 // in milliseconds
  • Default minimum display time.

Default minimum display time of UI blocker. Its main purpose is to avoid flashes showing and hiding it so fast. For instance, setting it to 200ms will force UI blocker to be shown for at least this time (regardless of calling stopAnimating() ealier).

NVActivityIndicatorView.DEFAULT_BLOCKER_MINIMUM_DISPLAY_TIME = 0 // in milliseconds
  • Default message displayed in UI blocker.
NVActivityIndicatorView.DEFAULT_BLOCKER_MESSAGE: String? = nil
  • Default font of message displayed in UI blocker.
NVActivityIndicatorView.DEFAULT_BLOCKER_MESSAGE_FONT = UIFont.boldSystemFont(ofSize: 20)


pod 'SKPhotoBrowser', '~> 4.0'

Simple PhotoBrowser/Viewer inspired by facebook, twitter photo browsers written by swift, based on IDMPhotoBrowser, MWPhotoBrowser.



  • Display one or more images by providing either UIImage objects, or string of URL array.
  • Photos can be zoomed and panned, and optional captions can be displayed
  • Minimalistic Facebook-like interface, swipe up/down to dismiss
  • Ability to custom control. (hide/ show toolbar for controls, / swipe control)
  • Handling and caching photos from web
  • Landscape handling
  • Delete photo support(by offbye). By set displayDelete=true show a delete icon in statusbar, deleted indexes can be obtain from delegate func didDeleted

Version vs Swift version.

Below is a table that shows which version of SKPhotoBrowser you should use for your Swift version.

Swift version SKPhotoBrowser version
3.X>= 4.0.0 - 3.1.4
2.2<= 2.0.3

##Usage See the code snippet below for an example of how to implement, or see the example project.

from UIImages:

// 1. create SKPhoto Array from UIImage
var images = [SKPhoto]()
let photo = SKPhoto.photoWithImage(UIImage())// add some UIImage

// 2. create PhotoBrowser Instance, and present from your viewController. 
let browser = SKPhotoBrowser(photos: images)
presentViewController(browser, animated: true, completion: {})

from URLs:

// 1. create URL Array 
var images = [SKPhoto]()
let photo = SKPhoto.photoWithImageURL("https://placehold.jp/150x150.png")
photo.shouldCachePhotoURLImage = false // you can use image cache by true(NSCache)

// 2. create PhotoBrowser Instance, and present. 
let browser = SKPhotoBrowser(photos: images)
presentViewController(browser, animated: true, completion: {})

from local files:

// 1. create images from local files
var images = [SKLocalPhoto]()
let photo = SKLocalPhoto.photoWithImageURL("..some_local_path/150x150.png")

// 2. create PhotoBrowser Instance, and present. 
let browser = SKPhotoBrowser(photos: images)
presentViewController(browser, animated: true, completion: {})

If you want to use zooming effect from an existing view, use another initializer:

// e.g.: some tableView or collectionView.
func collectionView(collectionView: UICollectionView, didSelectItemAtIndexPath indexPath: NSIndexPath) {
   let cell = collectionView.cellForItemAtIndexPath(indexPath) 
   let originImage = cell.exampleImageView.image // some image for baseImage 

   let browser = SKPhotoBrowser(originImage: originImage ?? UIImage(), photos: images, animatedFromView: cell) 
   presentViewController(browser, animated: true, completion: {})



You can customize Toolbar via SKPhotoBrowserOptions.

SKPhotoBrowserOptions.displayToolbar = false                              // all tool bar will be hidden
SKPhotoBrowserOptions.displayCounterLabel = false                         // counter label will be hidden
SKPhotoBrowserOptions.displayBackAndForwardButton = false                 // back / forward button will be hidden
SKPhotoBrowserOptions.displayAction = false                               // action button will be hidden
SKPhotoBrowserOptions.displayDeleteButton = true                          // delete button will be shown
SKPhotoBrowserOptions.displayHorizontalScrollIndicator = false            // horizontal scroll bar will be hidden
SKPhotoBrowserOptions.displayVerticalScrollIndicator = false              // vertical scroll bar will be hidden
let browser = SKPhotoBrowser(originImage: originImage, photos: images, animatedFromView: cell)


You can customize text, icon and background colors via SKPhotoBrowserOptions

SKPhotoBrowserOptions.backgroundColor = UIColor.whiteColor()               // browser view will be white
SKPhotoBrowserOptions.textAndIconColor = UIColor.blackColor()              // text and icons will be black
SKPhotoBrowserOptions.toolbarTextShadowColor = UIColor.clearColor()        // shadow of toolbar text will be removed
SKPhotoBrowserOptions.toolbarFont = UIFont(name: "Futura", size: 16.0)     // font of toolbar will be 'Futura'
SKPhotoBrowserOptions.captionFont = UIFont(name: "Helvetica", size: 18.0)  // font of toolbar will be 'Helvetica'


You can customize the padding of displayed images via SKPhotoBrowserOptions

SKPhotoBrowserOptions.imagePaddingX = 50                                   // image padding left and right will be 25
SKPhotoBrowserOptions.imagePaddingY = 50                                   // image padding top and bottom will be 25


You can customize the visibility of the Statusbar in browser view via SKPhotoBrowserOptions

SKPhotoBrowserOptions.displayStatusbar = false                             // status bar will be hidden

Custom Cache From Web URL

You can use SKCacheable protocol if others are adaptable. (SKImageCacheable or SKRequestResponseCacheable)

e.g. SDWebImage

// 1. create custom cache, implement in accordance with the protocol 
class CustomImageCache: SKImageCacheable { var cache: SDImageCache }

// 2. replace SKCache instance with custom cache
SKCache.sharedCache.imageCache = CustomImageCache()

CustomButton Image

Close, Delete buttons are able to change image and frame.


Delete Photo

You can delete your photo for your own handling. detect button tap from removePhoto delegate function.

Photo Captions

Photo captions can be displayed simply bottom of PhotoBrowser. by setting the caption property on specific photos:

let photo = SKPhoto.photoWithImage(UIImage())
photo.caption = "Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry."


vertical swipe can enable/disable:

SKPhotoBrowserOptions.disableVerticalSwipe = true 


There’s some trigger point you can handle using delegate. those are optional.

  • didShowPhotoAtIndex(index:Int)
  • willDismissAtPageIndex(index:Int)
  • willShowActionSheet(photoIndex: Int)
  • didDismissAtPageIndex(index:Int)
  • didDismissActionSheetWithButtonIndex(buttonIndex: Int, photoIndex: Int)
  • didScrollToIndex(index: Int)
  • removePhoto(browser: SKPhotoBrowser, index: Int, reload: (() -> Void))
  • viewForPhoto(browser: SKPhotoBrowser, index: Int) -> UIView?
  • controlsVisibilityToggled(hidden: Bool)
let browser = SKPhotoBrowser(originImage: originImage, photos: images, animatedFromView: cell)
browser.delegate = self

// MARK: - SKPhotoBrowserDelegate
func didShowPhotoAtIndex(index: Int) {
// when photo will be shown

func willDismissAtPageIndex(index: Int) {
// when PhotoBrowser will be dismissed

func didDismissAtPageIndex(index: Int) {
// when PhotoBrowser did dismissed


You can access via SKPhotoBrowserOptions, which can use for browser control.

  • single tap handling, dismiss/noaction
  • blackArea handling which is appearing outside of photo
  • bounce animation when appearing/dismissing
  • text color, font, or more
    SKPhotoBrowserOptions.enableZoomBlackArea    = true  // default true
    SKPhotoBrowserOptions.enableSingleTapDismiss = true  // default false
    SKPhotoBrowserOptions.bounceAnimation        = true  // default false

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