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Inspector is a debugging library written in Swift.
.package(url: "https://github.com/ipedro/Inspector.git", from: "alt/v.1.6.0")

🕵🏽‍♂️ Inspector

Inspector is a debugging library written in Swift.

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Why use it?

Improve development experience

  • Add your own custom commands to the main Inspector interface and make use of key commands while using the Simulator.app (and also on iPad).
  • Create layer views by any criteria you choose to help you visualize application state: class, a property, anything.
  • Inspect view hierarchy faster then using Xcode's built-in one, or
  • Inspect view hierarchy without Xcode.
  • Test changes and fix views live.

Improve QA and Designer feedback with a reverse Zeplin

  • Inspect view hierarchy without Xcode.
  • Test changes and fix views live.
  • Easily validate specific state behaviors.
  • Better understanding of the inner-workings of components
  • Give more accurate feedback for developers.

Requirements

  • iOS 11.0+
  • Xcode 11+
  • Swift 5.3+

Installation

Swift Package Manager

The Swift Package Manager is a tool for automating the distribution of Swift code and is integrated into the swift compiler. It is in early development, but Inspector does support its use on supported platforms.

Once you have your Swift package set up, adding Inspector as a dependency is as easy as adding it to the dependencies value of your Package.swift.

// Add to Package.swift

dependencies: [
  .package(url: "https://github.com/ipedro/Inspector.git", .upToNextMajor(from: "1.0.0"))
]

Setup

After a successful installation, you need to add conformance to the InspectorHostable protocol in SceneDelegate.swift or AppDelegate.swift assign itself as Inspector host.

SceneDelegate.swift

// Scene Delegate Example

import UIKit

#if DEBUG
import Inspector

extension SceneDelegate: InspectorHostable {
    var inspectorViewHierarchyLayers: [Inspector.ViewHierarchyLayer]? { nil }
    
    var inspectorViewHierarchyColorScheme: Inspector.ViewHierarchyColorScheme? { nil }
    
    var inspectorCommandGroups: [Inspector.CommandsGroup]? { nil }

    var inspectorElementLibraries: [InspectorElementLibraryProtocol]? { nil }
}
#endif

class SceneDelegate: UIResponder, UIWindowSceneDelegate {
    var window: UIWindow?

    func scene(_ scene: UIScene, willConnectTo session: UISceneSession, options connectionOptions: UIScene.ConnectionOptions) {

        #if DEBUG
        // Make your class the Inspector's host when connecting to a session
        Inspector.host = self
        #endif
        
        guard let _ = (scene as? UIWindowScene) else { return }
    }

    (...)
}

AppDelegate.swift

// App Delegate Example

import UIKit
#if DEBUG
import Inspector

extension AppDelegate: InspectorHostable {
    var inspectorViewHierarchyLayers: [Inspector.ViewHierarchyLayer]? { nil }
    
    var inspectorViewHierarchyColorScheme: Inspector.ViewHierarchyColorScheme? { nil }
    
    var inspectorCommandGroups: [Inspector.CommandsGroup]? { nil }

    var inspectorElementLibraries: [InspectorElementLibraryProtocol]? { nil }
}
#endif

final class AppDelegate: UIResponder, UIApplicationDelegate {
    var window: UIWindow?
    
    func application(_ application: UIApplication, didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: [UIApplication.LaunchOptionsKey: Any]?) -> Bool {
        
        #if DEBUG
        // Make your class the Inspector's host on launch
        Inspector.host = self
        #endif

        return true
    }

    (...)
}

SwiftUI (Beta)

Please note that SwiftUI support is in early stages and any feedback is welcome.

// Add to your main view, or another view of your choosing

import Inspector
import SwiftUI

struct ContentView: View {
    @State var text = "Hello, world!"
    @State var date = Date()
    @State var isInspecting = false

    var body: some View {
        NavigationView {
            ScrollView {
                VStack(spacing: 15) {
                    DatePicker("Date", selection: $date)
                        .datePickerStyle(GraphicalDatePickerStyle())

                    TextField("text field", text: $text)
                        .textFieldStyle(RoundedBorderTextFieldStyle())
                        .padding()

                    Button("Inspect") {
                        isInspecting.toggle()
                    }
                    .padding()
                }
                .padding(20)
            }
            .inspect(
                isPresented: $isInspecting,
                inspectorViewHierarchyLayers: nil,
                inspectorViewHierarchyColorScheme: nil,
                inspectorCommandGroups: nil,
                inspectorElementLibraries: nil
            )
            .navigationTitle("SwiftUI Inspector")
        }
    }
}

Enable Key Commands (Recommended)

Extend the root view controller class to enable Inspector key commands.

// Add to your root view controller.

#if DEBUG
override var keyCommands: [UIKeyCommand]? {
    return Inspector.keyCommands
}
#endif

Remove framework files from release builds (Optional)

In your app target:

  • Add a New Run Script Phase as the last phase.
  • Then paste the script below to remove all Inspector related files from your release builds.
# Run Script Phase that removes `Inspector` and all its dependecies from release builds.

if [ $CONFIGURATION == "Release" ]; then
    echo "Removing Inspector and dependencies from $TARGET_BUILD_DIR/$FULL_PRODUCT_NAME/"

    find $TARGET_BUILD_DIR/$FULL_PRODUCT_NAME -name "Inspector*" | grep . | xargs rm -rf
    find $TARGET_BUILD_DIR/$FULL_PRODUCT_NAME -name "UIKeyCommandTableView*" | grep . | xargs rm -rf
    find $TARGET_BUILD_DIR/$FULL_PRODUCT_NAME -name "UIKeyboardAnimatable*" | grep . | xargs rm -rf
    find $TARGET_BUILD_DIR/$FULL_PRODUCT_NAME -name "UIKitOptions*" | grep . | xargs rm -rf
fi


Presenting the Inspector

The inspector can be presented from any view controller or window instance by calling the presentInspector(animated:_:) method. And that you can achieve in all sorts of creative ways, heres some suggestions.

Using built-in Key Commands (Available on Simulator and iPads)

After enabling Key Commands support, using the Simulator.app or a real iPad, you can:

  • Invoke Inspector by pressing Ctrl + Shift + 0.

  • Toggle between showing/hiding view layers by pressing Ctrl + Shift + 1-8.

  • Showing/hide all layers by pressing Ctrl + Shift + 9.

  • Trigger custom commands with any key command you want.

Using built-in BarButtonItem

As a convenience, there is the var inspectorBarButtonItem: UIBarButtonItem { get } availabe on every UIViewController instance. It handles the presentation for you, and just needs to be set as a tool bar (or navigation) items, like this:

// Add to any view controller

override func viewDidLoad() {
    super.viewDidLoad()

    #if DEBUG
    navigationItem.rightBarButtonItem = self.inspectorBarButtonItem
    #endif
}

With motion gestures

You can also present Inspector using a gesture, like shaking the device. That way no UI needs to be introduced. One convienient way to do it is subclassing (or extending) UIWindow with the following code:

// Declare inside a subclass or UIWindow extension.

#if DEBUG
open override func motionBegan(_ motion: UIEvent.EventSubtype, with event: UIEvent?) {
    super.motionBegan(motion, with: event)

    guard motion == .motionShake else { return }

    presentInspector(animated: true)
}
#endif

Adding custom UI

After creating a custom interface on your app, such as a floating button, or any other control of your choosing, you can call presentInspector(animated:_:) yourself.

If you are using a UIControl you can use the convenenice selector UIViewController.inspectorManagerPresentation() when adding event targets.

// Add to any view controller if your view inherits from `UIControl`

var myControl: MyControl

override func viewDidLoad() {
    super.viewDidLoad()

    #if DEBUG
    myControl.addTarget(self, action: #selector(UIViewController.inspectorManagerPresentation), for: UIControl.Event)
    #endif
}

Customization

Inspector allows you to customize and introduce new behavior on views specific to your codebase, through the InspectorHostable Protocol.

InspectorHostable Protocol


var inspectorViewHierarchyLayers: [Inspector.ViewHierarchyLayer]? { get }

ViewHierarchyLayer are toggleable and shown in the Highlight views section on the Inspector interface, and also can be triggered with Ctrl + Shift + 1 - 8. You can use one of the default ones or create your own.

Default View Hierarchy Layers:

  • activityIndicators: Shows activity indicator views.
  • buttons: Shows buttons.
  • collectionViews: Shows collection views.
  • containerViews: Shows all container views.
  • controls: Shows all controls.
  • images: Shows all image views.
  • maps: Shows all map views.
  • pickers: Shows all picker views.
  • progressIndicators: Shows all progress indicator views.
  • scrollViews: Shows all scroll views.
  • segmentedControls: Shows all segmented controls.
  • spacerViews: Shows all spacer views.
  • stackViews: Shows all stack views.
  • tableViewCells: Shows all table view cells.
  • collectionViewReusableVies: Shows all collection resusable views.
  • collectionViewCells: Shows all collection view cells.
  • staticTexts: Shows all static texts.
  • switches: Shows all switches.
  • tables: Shows all table views.
  • textFields: Shows all text fields.
  • textViews: Shows all text views.
  • textInputs: Shows all text inputs.
  • webViews: Shows all web views.
// Example

var inspectorViewHierarchyLayers: [Inspector.ViewHierarchyLayer]? {
    [
        .controls,
        .buttons,
        .staticTexts + .images,
        .layer(
            name: "Without accessibility identifiers",
            filter: { element in
                guard let accessibilityIdentifier = element.accessibilityIdentifier?.trimmingCharacters(in: .whitespacesAndNewlines) else {
                    return true
                }
                return accessibilityIdentifier.isEmpty
            }
        )
    ]
}


var inspectorViewHierarchyColorScheme: Inspector.ViewHierarchyColorScheme? { get }

Return your own color scheme for the hierarchy label colors, instead of (or to extend) the default color scheme.

// Example

var inspectorViewHierarchyColorScheme: Inspector.ViewHierarchyColorScheme? {
    .colorScheme { view in
        switch view {
        case is MyView:
            return .systemPink
            
        default:
        // fallback to default color scheme
            return Inspector.ViewHierarchyColorScheme.default.color(for: view)
        }
    }
}

var inspectorCommandGroups: [Inspector.CommandGroup]? { get }

Command groups appear as sections on the main Inspector UI and can have key command shortcuts associated with them, you can have as many groups, with as many commands as you want.

// Example

var inspectorCommandGroups: [Inspector.CommandGroup]? {
    guard let window = window else { return [] }
    
    [
        .group(
            title: "My custom commands",
            commands: [
                .command(
                    title: "Reset",
                    icon: .exampleCommandIcon,
                    keyCommand: .control(.shift(.key("r"))),
                    closure: {
                        // Instantiates a new initial view controller on a Storyboard application.
                        let storyboard = UIStoryboard(name: "Main", bundle: nil)
                        let vc = storyboard.instantiateInitialViewController()

                        // set new instance as the root view controller
                        window.rootViewController = vc
                        
                        // restart inspector
                        Insopector.restart()
                    }
                )
            ]
        )
    ]
}

var inspectorElementLibraries: [InspectorElementLibraryProtocol] { get }

Element Libraries are entities that conform to InspectorElementLibraryProtocol and are each tied to a unique type. Pro-tip: Use enumerations.

// Example

var inspectorElementLibraries: [InspectorElementLibraryProtocol] {
    ExampleElementLibrary.allCases
}
// Element Library Example

import UIKit
import Inspector

enum ExampleElementLibrary: InspectorElementLibraryProtocol, CaseIterable {
    case myClass
    
    var targetClass: AnyClass {
        switch self {
        case .myClass:
            return MyView.self
        }
    }
    
    func viewModel(for referenceView: UIView) -> InspectorElementViewModelProtocol? {
        switch self {
        case .myClass:
            return MyClassInspectableViewModel(view: referenceView)
        }
    }
    
    func icon(for referenceView: UIView) -> UIImage? {
        switch self {
        case .myClass:
            return UIImage(named: "MyClassIcon") // optional
        }
    }
}
// Element ViewModel Example

import UIKit
import Inspector

final class MyClassInspectableViewModel: InspectorElementViewModelProtocol {
    var title: String = "My View"
    
    let myObject: MyView
    
    init?(view: UIView) {
        guard let myObject = view as? MyView else {
            return nil
        }
        self.myObject = myObject
    }
    
    enum Properties: String, CaseIterable {
        case cornerRadius = "Round Corners"
        case backgroundColor = "Background Color"
    }
    
    var properties: [InspectorElementViewModelProperty] {
        Properties.allCases.map { property in
            switch property {
            case .cornerRadius:
                return .switch(
                    title: property.rawValue,
                    isOn: { self.myObject.roundCorners }
                ) { [weak self] roundCorners in
                    guard let self = self else { return }

                    self.myObject.roundCorners = roundCorners
                }
                
            case .backgroundColor:
                return .colorPicker(
                    title: property.rawValue,
                    color: { self.myObject.backgroundColor }
                ) { [weak self] newBackgroundColor in
                    guard let self = self else { return }

                    self.myObject.backgroundColor = newBackgroundColor
                }
            }
            
        }
    }
}


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Credits

Inspector is owned and maintained by Pedro Almeida. You can follow him on Twitter at @ipedro for project updates and releases.


License

Inspector is released under the MIT license. See LICENSE for details.

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Release Notes

Initial release
20 weeks ago

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