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Present Camera using SwiftUI

Since we are using UIKit in our example application we need to use an UIHostingController to present a SwiftUI View. The PhotoCameraSwiftUIView defined below wraps the actual Camera view to coordinate its dismissal with the presenting UIViewController. This process is not necessary for a pure SwiftUI application. You would use the Camera view directly.

Configure and create the view#

In order to record and access photos in the camera roll the NSCameraUsageDescription and NSPhotoLibraryUsageDescription key need to be present in your Info.plist file.

The custom PhotoCameraSwiftUIView acts as the ContentView of a pure SwiftUI application.

First, we create several instance variables; the photo to reference recorded or selected photos, a boolean variable pesdkPresented to indicate whether the editor view should be presented and a PhotoEditModel which holds the edit state of the camera view i.e. filters that have been applied.

Next, we create a configuration object setting allowedRecordingModes to [.photo], since we only want to enable recording and selecting photos not videos. By default, the camera view controller does not show a cancel button so that it can be embedded into any other view controller. But since it is presented modally in this example, a cancel button should be visible.

Refer to the configuration guide for a detailed explanation of how to configure the editor.

Next, we initialize the Camera with the configuration object and use the fullScreenCover in combination with the onChange modifier to edit the photo with the PhotoEditor.

Handling events#

Using the onDidSave modifier allows us to register an event handler that is invoked when a user successfully recorded or selected a photo. The result argument passed to the closure is of type CameraResult and contains the data of the photo and a PhotoEditModel allowing us to pass on the applied filters to the editor.

Likewise, if the user taps the cancel button we dismiss the camera in this example.

Next Steps#

import PhotoEditorSDK
import SwiftUI
import UIKit
class ShowPhotoCameraSwiftUISwift: Example {
override func invokeExample() {
// The steps below are not needed when integrating the SwiftUI `View`s in a SwiftUI
// application. For SwiftUI, you can directly integrate the `Camera` and `PhotoEditor`
// instead of wrapping them inside another `View` - in this example the `PhotoCameraSwiftUIView`.
// Create the `View` that hosts the camera and the photo editor.
var photoEditor = PhotoCameraSwiftUIView()
// Since we are using UIKit in this example, we need to pass a dismiss action for the
// `View` being able to dismiss the presenting `UIViewController`.
photoEditor.dismissAction = {
self.presentingViewController?.dismiss(animated: true, completion: nil)
// Present the camera and photo editor via a `UIHostingController`.
let hostingController = UIHostingController(rootView: photoEditor)
hostingController.modalPresentationStyle = .fullScreen
presentingViewController?.present(hostingController, animated: true, completion: nil)
// A `View` that hosts the `Camera` and `PhotoEditor` in order
// to use it in this `UIKit` example application.
struct PhotoCameraSwiftUIView: View {
// The action to dismiss the view.
internal var dismissAction: (() -> Void)?
// Create a `Video` from a URL to an image in the app bundle.
@State private var photo: Photo?
// Create a variable indicating whether the editor should be presented.
@State private var pesdkPresented: Bool = false
// The `PhotoEditModel` that preserves the selected filters from the camera.
@State private var photoEditModel: PhotoEditModel?
// Create a `Configuration` object.
private let configuration = Configuration { builder in
builder.configureCameraViewController { options in
// Since we are only using PE.SDK, the camera
// should only allow to take/select photos.
options.allowedRecordingModes = [.photo]
// By default the camera does not show a cancel button,
// so that it can be embedded into any other view. But since it is
// presented modally here, a cancel button should be visible.
options.showCancelButton = true
// The body of the `View`.
var body: some View {
// Create a `Camera`.
Camera(configuration: configuration)
.onDidCancel {
// The user tapped on the cancel button within the camera. Dismissing the view.
.onDidSave { result in
// The user has taken or selected a photo.
// Passing the `result.model` to the editor to preserve selected filters.
photoEditModel = result.model
// The `` argument will contain the photo in JPEG format
// with all EXIF information in case that a photo has been taken.
if let data = {
photo = Photo(data: data)
// In order for the camera to fill out the whole screen it needs
// to ignore the safe area.
.fullScreenCover(isPresented: $pesdkPresented) {
} content: {
if let photo = photo {
PhotoEditor(photo: photo, configuration: configuration, photoEditModel: photoEditModel)
.onDidSave { result in
// The image has been exported successfully and is passed as an `Data` object in the ``.
// See other examples about how to save the resulting image.
print("Received image with \( bytes")
.onDidCancel {
// The user tapped on the cancel button within the editor. Dismissing the editor.
.onDidFail { error in
// There was an error generating the photo.
print("Editor finished with error: \(error.localizedDescription)")
// Dismissing the editor.
// In order for the photo editor to fill out the whole screen it needs
// to ignore the safe area.
// Listen to changes of the photo in order to present
// the editor.
.onChange(of: photo) { _ in
pesdkPresented = true