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How to insert images into text

Paul Hudson    @twostraws   

Updated for Xcode 14.0 beta 1

SwiftUI lets you combine text views using +, but you can also place images directly into text using a simple Text initializer. This allows you to place images directly inside text, including having the text and images wrap as needed.

For example, this writes “Hello World” with a star image in the middle:

Text("Hello ") + Text(Image(systemName: "star")) + Text(" World!")

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The text “Hello World!” with a star outline between the two words.

The images inside your text will automatically adjust to match whatever font or foreground color you’ve chosen, but make sure you apply your modifiers to the whole joined text rather than simply the last item.

For example, this will make the whole combined text large and blue:

(Text("Hello ") + Text(Image(systemName: "star")) + Text(" World!"))
    .foregroundColor(.blue)
    .font(.largeTitle)

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The text “Hello World!” with an outlined star icon between the two words. The words and icon are in large blue text.

Whereas this – without the extra parentheses – will make only the “World” text large and blue:

Text("Goodbye ") + Text(Image(systemName: "star")) + Text(" World!")
    .foregroundColor(.blue)
    .font(.largeTitle)

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The text “Goodbye World!” with an outlined star icon between the two words. Only “World!” is in large blue text.

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