Link Previewer for iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS

It makes a preview from an URL, grabbing all the information such as title, relevant texts and images.

Visual Examples

UTF-8 Extended UTF-8 Gallery
UTF-8 Extended UTF-8 Gallery
Video Websites Images
Video Websites Images

Requirements and Details

  • iOS 8.0+ / macOS 10.11+ / tvOS 9.0+ / watchOS 2.0+
  • Xcode 8.0+
  • Built with Swift 3



To use SwiftLinkPreview as a pod package just add the following in your Podfile file.

	source ''
	platform :ios, '9.0'

	target 'Your Target Name' do
	  	// ...
	  	pod 'SwiftLinkPreview', '~> 3.4.0'
	  	// ...


To use SwiftLinkPreview as a Carthage module package just add the following in your Cartfile file.

  	// ...
	github "LeonardoCardoso/SwiftLinkPreview" ~> 3.4.0
  	// ...

Swift Package Manager

To use SwiftLinkPreview as a Swift Package Manager package just add the following in your Package.swift file.

import PackageDescription

let package = Package(
  name: "Your Target Name",
  dependencies: [
  	// ...
    .Package(url: "", "3.4.0")
  	// ...


You just need to drop all contents in Sources folder, but .plist files, into Xcode project (make sure to enable "Copy items if needed" and "Create groups").



import SwiftLinkPreview

// ...

let slp = SwiftLinkPreview(session: URLSession.shared,
			   workQueue: SwiftLinkPreview.defaultWorkQueue,
			   responseQueue: DispatchQueue.main,
		           cache: DisabledCache.instance)

Requesting preview

let preview = slp.preview("Text containing URL",
                          onSuccess: { result in print("\(result)") },
                          onError: { error in print("\(error)")})
// preview.cancel() to cancel it.

result is a struct Response:

Response {
	let url: URL // URL
	let finalUrl: URL // unshortened URL
	let canonicalUrl: String // canonical URL
	let title: String // title
	let description: String // page description or relevant text
	let images: [String] // array of URLs of the images
	let image: String // main image
	let icon: String // favicon
	let video: String // video
	let price: String // price

Cancelling a request

let cancelablePreview = slp.preview(...,
				    onSuccess: ...,
				    onError: ...)


Enabling and accessing cache

SLP has a built-in memory cache, so create your object as the following:

let slp = SwiftLinkPreview(cache: InMemoryCache())

To get the cached response:

if let cached = self.slp.cache.slp_getCachedResponse(url: String) {
    // Do whatever with the cached response
} else {
	// Perform preview otherwise

If you want to create your own cache, just implement this protocol and use it on the object initializer.

public protocol Cache {

    func slp_getCachedResponse(url: String) -> SwiftLinkPreview.Response?

    func slp_setCachedResponse(url: String, response: SwiftLinkPreview.Response?)




You need to set Allow Arbitrary Loads to YES on your project's Info.plist file.

app security

If you don't want to use the option above and you are using SwiftLinkPreview for services of your knowledge, you can whitelist them on Info.plist file as well. You can read more about it here, here and here.

app security


Not all websites will have their info brought, you can treat the info that your implementation gets as you like. But here are two tips about posting a preview:

  • If some info is missing, you can offer the user to enter it. Take for example the description.
  • If more than one image is fetched, you can offer the user the feature of picking one image.


Feel free to fork this repo and add URLs on SwiftLinkPreviewTests/URLs.swift to test URLs and help improving this lib. The more URLs the better the reliability.

Information and Contact

Developed by @LeonardoCardoso.

Contact me either by Twitter @leocardz or emailing me to [email protected].

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The MIT License (MIT)