Uploadcare iOS library.

cdn, file-manager, file-upload, image-manipulation, image-optimization, image-processing, ios, objective-c, open-source, paas, saas, sdk
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Uploadcare for iOS

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Uploadcare is a PaaS providing file handling mechanisms for websites and apps. This also includes on-the-fly image processing with Uploadcare CDN API.

Uploadcare for iOS is an open source Objective-C component that powers your iOS apps with Uploadcare features. It's made up of the two key parts: UploadcareKit and Uploadcare Widget.

UploadcareKit is a core-level abstract layer responsible for API communications within upload and download tasks.

Uploadcare Widget is a modern and cloud-aware file picker for iOS. Well, it could be if iOS had a notion of files. Since it doesn't, you can think of Uploadcare Widget as a stuff picker — a drop-in component that allows your users to pick and upload their digital stuff (photos, docs, and whatnot) to your website or app.

Here's what it looks like,

Uploadcare for iOS menu Facebook albums Instagram gallery



Uploadcare for iOS uses CocoaPods, a library dependency management tool for Objective-C projects. Implementing Uploadcare into your project is as simple as adding the following line to your Podfile,

pod 'Uploadcare'

Then, run pod install in your project directory.

Make sure to use the .xcworkspace file from now on.



Import Uploadcare.h header to your implementation. Grab your Uploadcare API keys and use a public key as follows in your application delegate,

#import <Uploadcare/Uploadcare.h>

/* ... */

- (BOOL)application:(UIApplication *)application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:(NSDictionary *)launchOptions {
    [[UCClient defaultClient] setPublicKey:<#your key#>];
    return YES;

iCloud entitlements

Uploadcare Widget uses UIDocumentMenuViewController, so you need to enable iCloud in your application. Go to Target -> Capabilities and enable iCloud. Enable both Key-value storage and iCloud Documents options, iCloud settings

Custom URL scheme

Uploadcare Widget uses SFSafariViewController on iOS 9+ and UIWebView on prior versions for authentification. This allows it to handle URL callbacks through a custom URL scheme from application delegate methods,

// IOS 9+
- (BOOL)application:(UIApplication *)app openURL:(NSURL *)url options:(NSDictionary<NSString *,id> *)options {
    return [[UCClient defaultClient] handleURL:url];

// IOS 8
- (BOOL)application:(UIApplication *)application handleOpenURL:(NSURL *)url {
    return [[UCClient defaultClient] handleURL:url];

Adding a custom URL scheme requires taking the following steps:

  • Go to Target -> Info -> URL types.
  • Add a new URL scheme formatted like this, uc-<public key>.
  • The final result should look similar to this,

Custom url scheme

NSPhotoLibraryUsageDescription on iOS 10

Uploadcare Widget uses UIImagePickerController to upload files from Camera Roll. Don't forget to add NSPhotoLibraryUsageDescription key to your project Info.plist file to prevent an app from crashing in runtime.


Init and present widget

Displaying Uploadcare Widget is done via creating and initializing an instance of UCMenuViewController by invoking the initWithProgress:completion: method,

#import <Uploadcare/Uploadcare.h>

/* ... */

UCMenuViewController *menu = [[UCMenuViewController alloc] initWithProgress:^(NSUInteger bytesSent, NSUInteger bytesExpectedToSend) {
    // handle progress here
} completion:^(NSString *fileId, id response, NSError *error) {
    if (!error) {
        // handle success
    } else {
        // handle error

Then, present it with the presentFrom: method,

[menu presentFrom:self];


You can easily customize the appearance of a social sources list by implementing your own menu. In order to receive available social sources, you can use the fetchSocialSourcesWithCompletion: method from UCSocialManager. Upon receiving a list of social sources, you can choose one and use it for instantiating UCGalleryVC via the following method,

- (id)initWithSource:(UCSocialSource *)source
           rootChunk:(UCSocialChunk *)rootChunk

Core level features only

In order to integrate core level features only such as local and remote file upload operations, you can use the following subspec:

pod 'Uploadcare/Core'

Please note, Uploadcare.h header won't be included in this case, and you'll have to use UploadcareKit.h instead.

Sample App

Here's the Example Project.


If you got any questions, bug reports or suggestions — drop us a line.


Security issues

If you think you ran into something in Uploadcare libraries which might have security implications, please hit us up at bugbounty@uploadcare.com or Hackerone.

We'll contact you personally in a short time to fix an issue through co-op and prior to any public disclosure.


Uploadcare iOS is licensed under the MIT license (see LICENSE).