Custom Image picker like Instagram – ios


YPImagePicker is an instagram-like photo/video picker for iOS written in pure Swift. It is feature-rich and highly customizable to match your App’s requirements.


  • language: Swift 5
  • platform: ios
  • device: iphone/ipad
  • license: MIT


Notable Features

๐ŸŒ… Library

๐Ÿ“ท Photo
๐ŸŽฅ Video
โœ‚๏ธ Crop
โšก๏ธ Flash
๐Ÿ–ผ Filters
๐Ÿ”ข Multiple Selection
๐Ÿ“ Video Trimming & Cover selection
๐Ÿ“ Output image size

๐Ÿ“ Albums

And many more…


Drop in the Classes folder to your Xcode project.You can also use CocoaPods or Carthage.

Using CocoaPods

First be sure to run pod repo update to get the latest version available.
Add pod ‘YPImagePicker’ to your Podfile and run pod install. Also add use_frameworks! to the Podfile.

target 'MyApp'
pod 'YPImagePicker'

Using Carthage

Add github “Yummypets/YPImagePicker” to your Cartfile and run carthage update. If unfamiliar with Carthage then checkout their Getting Started section.

github "Yummypets/YPImagePicker"

Plist entries

In order for your app to access camera and photo libraries, you’ll need to ad these plist entries :
  • Privacy – Camera Usage Description (photo/videos)
  • Privacy – Photo Library Usage Description (library)
  • Privacy – Microphone Usage Description (videos)


All the configuration endpoints are in the YPImagePickerConfiguration struct. Below are the default value for reference, feel free to play around ๐Ÿ™‚
var config = YPImagePickerConfiguration()
// [Edit configuration here ...]
// Build a picker with your configuration
let picker = YPImagePicker(configuration: config)


config.isScrollToChangeModesEnabled = true
config.onlySquareImagesFromCamera = true
config.usesFrontCamera = false
config.showsPhotoFilters = true
config.showsVideoTrimmer = true
config.shouldSaveNewPicturesToAlbum = true
config.albumName = "DefaultYPImagePickerAlbumName"
config.startOnScreen =
config.screens = [.library, .photo]
config.showsCrop = .none
config.targetImageSize = YPImageSize.original
config.overlayView = UIView()
config.hidesStatusBar = true
config.hidesBottomBar = false
config.preferredStatusBarStyle = UIStatusBarStyle.default
config.bottomMenuItemSelectedColour = UIColor(r: 38, g: 38, b: 38)
config.bottomMenuItemUnSelectedColour = UIColor(r: 153, g: 153, b: 153)
config.filters = [DefaultYPFilters...]
config.maxCameraZoomFactor = 1.0


config.library.options = nil
config.library.onlySquare = false
config.library.isSquareByDefault = true
config.library.minWidthForItem = nil
config.library.mediaType =
config.library.defaultMultipleSelection = false
config.library.maxNumberOfItems = 1
config.library.minNumberOfItems = 1
config.library.numberOfItemsInRow = 4
config.library.spacingBetweenItems = 1.0
config.library.skipSelectionsGallery = false
config.library.preselectedItems = nil

Video = AVAssetExportPresetHighestQuality = .mov = 60.0 = 60.0 = 3.0 = 60.0 = 3.0

Gallery = false

Default Configuration

// Set the default configuration for all pickers
YPImagePickerConfiguration.shared = config

// And then use the default configuration like so:
let picker = YPImagePicker()


First things first import YPImagePicker.
The picker only has one callback didFinishPicking enabling you to handle all the cases. Let’s see some typical use cases ๐Ÿค“

Single Photo

let picker = YPImagePicker()
picker.didFinishPicking { [unowned picker] items, _ in
    if let photo = items.singlePhoto {
        print(photo.fromCamera) // Image source (camera or library)
        print(photo.image) // Final image selected by the user
        print(photo.originalImage) // original image selected by the user, unfiltered
        print(photo.modifiedImage) // Transformed image, can be nil
        print(photo.exifMeta) // Print exif meta data of original image.
    picker.dismiss(animated: true, completion: nil)
present(picker, animated: true, completion: nil)

Single video

// Here we configure the picker to only show videos, no photos.
var config = YPImagePickerConfiguration()
config.screens = [.library, .video]
config.library.mediaType = .video

let picker = YPImagePicker(configuration: config)
picker.didFinishPicking { [unowned picker] items, _ in
    if let video = items.singleVideo {
    picker.dismiss(animated: true, completion: nil)
present(picker, animated: true, completion: nil)
As you can see singlePhoto and singleVideo helpers are here to help you handle single media which are very common, while using the same callback for all your use-cases o/

Multiple selection

To enable multiple selection make sure to set library.maxNumberOfItems in the configuration like so:
var config = YPImagePickerConfiguration()
config.library.maxNumberOfItems = 3
let picker = YPImagePicker(configuration: config)
Then you can handle multiple selection in the same callback you know and love :
picker.didFinishPicking { [unowned picker] items, cancelled in
    for item in items {
        switch item {
        case .photo(let photo):
        case .video(let video):
    picker.dismiss(animated: true, completion: nil)

Handle Cancel event (if needed)

picker.didFinishPicking { [unowned picker] items, cancelled in
    if cancelled {
        print("Picker was canceled")
    picker.dismiss(animated: true, completion: nil)
That’s it !


๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ English, ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spanish, ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท French ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russian, ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Dutch, ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazilian, ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท Turkish, ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡พ Arabic, ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช German, ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italian, ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตJapanese, ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Chinese, ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Indonesian, ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท Korean, ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ Traditional Chinese๏ผˆTaiwan), ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ Vietnamese, ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Thai.
If your language is not supported, you can still customize the wordings via the configuration.wordings api:
config.wordings.libraryTitle = "Gallery"
config.wordings.cameraTitle = "Camera" = "OK"
Better yet you can submit an issue or pull request with your Localizable.strings file to add a new language !

UI Customization

We tried to keep things as native as possible, so this is done mostly through native Apis.

Navigation bar color

let coloredImage = UIImage(color: .red)
UINavigationBar.appearance().setBackgroundImage(coloredImage, for: UIBarMetrics.default)
// UIImage+color helper

Navigation bar fonts

let attributes = [NSAttributedStringKey.font : UIFont.systemFont(ofSize: 30, weight: .bold) ]
UINavigationBar.appearance().titleTextAttributes = attributes // Title fonts
UIBarButtonItem.appearance().setTitleTextAttributes(attributes, for: .normal) // Bar Button fonts

Navigation bar Text colors

UINavigationBar.appearance().titleTextAttributes = [NSAttributedStringKey.foregroundColor : UIColor.yellow ] // Title color
UINavigationBar.appearance().tintColor = .red // Left. bar buttons
config.colors.tintColor = .green // Right bar buttons (actions)

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