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Silent failure of UIImageWriteToSavedPhotosAlbum

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Hi - I'm trying to make use of UIImageWriteToSavedPhotosAlbum to save QRCode images to the camera roll as part of a larger application. I'm using the following code:

func generateQRCode(from string: String) -> UIImage? {
    let data = String.Encoding.ascii)

    if let filter = CIFilter(name: "CIQRCodeGenerator") {
        filter.setValue(data, forKey: "inputMessage")
        let transform = CGAffineTransform(scaleX: 5, y: 5)

        if let output = filter.outputImage?.transformed(by: transform) {
            return UIImage(ciImage: output)

    return nil

@IBAction func CreateQRCode(_ sender: Any) {
    QRCode = UUID().uuidString;
    let path = QRCode

    if let image = generateQRCode(from: path) {

        UIImageWriteToSavedPhotosAlbum(image, self, #selector(handleQRCodeSaved(_:didFinishSavingWithError:contextInfo:)), nil)

        print("Generated QRCode link: \(path)")

@objc func handleQRCodeSaved(_ image: UIImage, didFinishSavingWithError error: NSError?, contextInfo: UnsafeRawPointer) {
    if let error = error {
        print( error.localizedDescription )
    } else {

I've add "Privacy - Photo Library Additions Usage Description", and permission is handled correctly the moment this function chain is called.

I get the following output:

Generated QRCode link: 0FEB83CE-C6BC-4E4A-A1F9-02E732DCD9F4


And no image... nothing in the camera roll. Nothing in the photo library. Anyone have any ideas about what I might be doing wrong? FYI - stopping in the debugger and inspecting the image shows a lovely QRCode block, just as expected.


I found it's because the qrcode image is ciimage. if you want to save ciimage to camera roll, it will get an error ( error code = -1), so you need to convert ciimage to cgimage first than you can save to camera roll.

if let output = filter.outputImage?.transformed(by: transform) {
    let context = CIContext()
    guard let cgImage = context.createCGImage(output, from: output.extent) else { return nil }
    return UIImage(cgImage: cgImage)


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