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A drop-in UIGraphicsRenderer port -- CrossPlatform, Swift 4, Image & PDF
.package(url: "https://github.com/shaps80/GraphicsRenderer.git", from: "1.4.4")


Carthage compatible Version License Language Platform



pod "GraphicsRenderer", "1.3.0"


github "shaps80/GraphicsRenderer" ~> 1.2.1

Swift 3

pod "GraphicsRenderer", "1.1.0"

Swift 2.3

pod "GraphicsRenderer", "1.0.0"


GraphicsRenderer is designed to a drop-in UIGraphicsRenderer port. For this reason, all function names are matched to make it easy to swap out a later date.

UIGraphicsRendererFormat > RendererFormat
UIGraphicsImageRendererFormat > ImageRendererFormat
UIGraphicsPDFRendererFormat > PDFRendererFormat

UIGraphicsRendererContext > RendererContext
UIGraphicsImageRendererContext > ImageRendererContext
UIGraphicsPDFRendererContext > PDFRendererContext

The classes you'll mostly work with though are:

UIGraphicsRenderer > Renderer
UIGraphicsImageRenderer > ImageRenderer
UIGraphicsPDFRenderer > PDFRenderer

GraphicsRenderer is also cross-platform with iOS and macOS demo projects included in the repo.

GraphicsRenderer matches the entire API currently available from UIGraphicsRenderer, however to make it work nicely with all platforms, it also includes some additional convenience's, like flipping the context.

GraphicsRenderer is also protocol based, which makes it more Swifty and allows for some nice generics driven integration as you can see in the performDrawing() example.


I have another library called InkKit which now uses this library for its inner workings. For a LOT more drawing and layout convenience's -- checkout that library too.~~

Note: If you include InkKit in your project, you don't need to include this project too.


There are 2 example projects included in the repo. One for iOS and another for OSX.

Simply select the appropriate scheme, build and run.

Lets start by creating a simple drawing function:

func performDrawing<Context: RendererContext>(context: Context) {
	let rect = context.format.bounds
    let frame = CGRect(x: 10, y: 10, width: 40, height: 40)
    context.stroke(rect.insetBy(dx: 5, dy: 5))

Now lets create an image from this drawing:

let image = ImageRenderer(size: CGSize(width: 100, height: 100)).image { context in

Or perhaps you'd prefer a PDF?

let bounds = CGRect(x: 0, y: 0, width: 612, height: 792)
try? PDFRenderer(bounds: bounds).writePDF(to: url) { context in
    performDrawing(context: context)
    performDrawing(context: context)


When working with PDFs you don't need to worry about creating the PDF, ending pages or even closing the PDF. This is all handled automatically for you.

The context returned to you inside the drawing block holds onto 2 key pieces of information. (Just like UIGraphicsRendererContext)

format -- Provides information about bounds, scale, etc.. cgContext -- The underlying CGContext

Final note, the stroke methods are optimized to work the same way as the Apple implementation, in that they automatically insetBy 0.5 for you. If you don't want this behavious automatically, simply use the usual methods available on CGContext.

e.g. cgContext.stroke(rect: myRect)


The library has the following requirements:

  • Swift 4.0
  • iOS 8.0+
  • OSX 10.10+


Shaps Benkau, shapsuk@me.com


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


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