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FelixHerrmann/FHDiffableViewControllers 3.0.0
UITableViewController and UICollectionViewController based on a DiffableDataSource.
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🕓 32 weeks ago
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.package(url: "https://github.com/FelixHerrmann/FHDiffableViewControllers.git", from: "3.0.0")


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UITableViewController and UICollectionViewController based on a DiffableDataSource.


  • macOS 10.15+ (Catalyst)
  • iOS 13.0+
  • tvOS 13.0+


Swift Package Manager

Add the following to the dependencies of your Package.swift:

.package(url: "https://github.com/FelixHerrmann/FHDiffableViewControllers.git", from: "x.x.x")


Add the package to your project as shown here.


Download the files in the Sources folder and drag them into you project.


If you are using Swift Package Manager, you have to import FHDiffableViewControllers to your file with import FHDiffableViewControllers.

Now you can inherit your view controller class from FHDiffableTableViewController and FHDiffableCollectionViewController.

But first you need a SectionIdentifier and ItemIdentifier which will be used for the generic types. Both types have to conform to Hashable.

enum Section {
    case main, detail

struct Item: Hashable {
    var title: String

It is recommend to conform the item to Identifiable because the app crashes if there are duplicates in the data source!

These classes can be subclassed like that:

class TableViewController: FHDiffableTableViewController<Section, Item> {
    override var cellProvider: UITableViewDiffableDataSource<Section, Item>.CellProvider {
        return { tableView, indexPath, item in
            let cell = tableView.dequeueReusableCell(withIdentifier: "cell", for: indexPath)
            cell.textLabel?.text = item.title
            return cell
    override func viewDidLoad() {
        tableView.register(UITableViewCell.self, forCellReuseIdentifier: "cell")
        applySnapshot(animatingDifferences: false) {
            FHSection(.main) {
                Item(title: "First Item")
                Item(title: "Second Item")
            FHSection(.detail) {
                Item(title: "Third Item")

The cellProvider must be overwritten because the default implementation raises a fatal error. Do not forget to register the cell before you call applySnapshot(_:) the first time!

The cell selection can be implemented like that:

override func tableView(_ tableView: UITableView, didSelectRowAt indexPath: IndexPath) {
    let item = dataSource.itemIdentifier(for: indexPath)
    /*do your actions with the selected item*/

Customize Header and Footer Views (collection view only)

In order to use custom header or footer views, the supplementaryViewProvider property must be overwritten.

override var supplementaryViewProvider: UICollectionViewDiffableDataSource<Section, Item>.SupplementaryViewProvider? {
    return { collectionView, kind, indexPath in
        let headerView = collectionView.dequeueReusableSupplementaryView(ofKind: kind, withReuseIdentifier: "customHeader", for: indexPath) as? CustomHeader
        switch self.dataSource.snapshot().sectionIdentifiers[indexPath.section] {
        case .main:
            headerView?.backgroundColor = .systemGreen
        case .detail:
            headerView?.backgroundColor = .systemPink
        return headerView

Do not forget to register the supplementary view before you call applySnapshot(_:) the first time!

collectionView.register(CustomHeader.self, forSupplementaryViewOfKind: UICollectionView.elementKindSectionHeader, withReuseIdentifier: "customHeader")

Custom Data Source

In case you want to change the behavior of the title creation or you want to use section index titles and other features you have to subclass the appropriate data source. For the table view it could look something like that:

class CustomDataSource: UITableViewDiffableDataSource<Section, Item> {
    override func tableView(_ tableView: UITableView, titleForHeaderInSection section: Int) -> String? {
        switch snapshot().sectionIdentifiers[section] {
        case .main:
            return "Main"
        case .detail:
            return "Detail"

Use UICollectionViewDiffableDataSource for collection view.

So that it can be used in our view controller we have to create a lazy var of this and override the dataSource property with it.

lazy var customDataSource = CustomDataSource(tableView: tableView, cellProvider: cellProvider)

override var dataSource: UITableViewDiffableDataSource<Section, Item> {
    return customDataSource

Custom applySnapshot(_:)

You are not forced to use applySnapshot(_:) in combination with FHDiffableDataSourceSection array to apply snapshots to your dataSource. You can override the applySnapshot(_:) to change its behavior, create your own applySnapshot() method or do it manually as follows:

var snapshot = FHSnapshot()
snapshot.appendSections([.main, .detail])
snapshot.appendItems([Item(title: "Main Item")], toSection: .main)
snapshot.appendItems([Item(title: "Detail Item")], toSection: .detail)
dataSource.apply(snapshot, animatingDifferences: true, completion: nil)

Section & Item builder

In addition to the traditional Array way there is a result builder for both the Section's and Item's creation.

    FHSection(.main, items: [
        Item(title: "First Item"),
        Item(title: "Second Item"),
    FHSection(.detail, items: [
        Item(title: "Third Item"),
Result Builder
applySnapshot {
    FHSection(.main) {
        Item(title: "First Item")
        Item(title: "Second Item")
    FHSection(.detail) {
        Item(title: "Third Item")


FHConstraints is available under the MIT license. See the LICENSE file for more info.


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Release Notes

32 weeks ago

• result builders for Sections and Items • FHDiffableDataSourceSnapshotSection improved initializer • documentations improved

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