NEW: Start my new Ultimate Portfolio App course with a free Hacking with Swift+ trial! >>

How to render images using SF Symbols

Paul Hudson    @twostraws   

Updated for Xcode 12.5

SwiftUI’s Image view lets us load any of the 2400+ icons from SF Symbols, with many of them working in multi-color too.

To load icons from Apple’s SF Symbols set, use the Image(systemName:) initializer, passing in the icon string to load, like this:

Image(systemName: "cloud.heavyrain.fill")

The image you get back is scalable and colorable, which means you can ask SwiftUI to scale up the image to match whatever Dynamic Type text style it accompanies, if any:

Image(systemName: "cloud.heavyrain.fill")

And it also means you can tint the image using the same foregroundColor() modifier you’ve already seen:

Image(systemName: "cloud.heavyrain.fill")

If you’re using an image that has color elements, you can activate multi-color mode using .renderingMode(.original), like this:

Image(systemName: "cloud.sun.rain.fill")

You can optionally apply a foregroundColor() modifier to a multi-color SF Symbol, which will cause part of the symbol to be recolored. For example, this will render part of the icon blue and part green:

Image(systemName: "")
Hacking with Swift is sponsored by ViRE

SPONSORED ViRE offers discoverable way of working with regex. It provides really readable regex experience, code complete & cheat sheet, unit tests, powerful replace system, step-by-step search & replace, regex visual scheme, regex history & playground. ViRE is available on Mac & iPad.

Download on the App Store

Sponsor Hacking with Swift and reach the world's largest Swift community!

Similar solutions…

Buy Pro Swift Buy Swift Design Patterns Buy Testing Swift Buy Hacking with iOS Buy Swift Coding Challenges Buy Swift on Sundays Volume One Buy Server-Side Swift (Vapor Edition) Buy Advanced iOS Volume One Buy Advanced iOS Volume Two Buy Advanced iOS Volume Three Buy Hacking with watchOS Buy Hacking with tvOS Buy Hacking with macOS Buy Dive Into SpriteKit Buy Swift in Sixty Seconds Buy Objective-C for Swift Developers Buy Server-Side Swift (Kitura Edition) Buy Beyond Code

Was this page useful? Let us know!

Average rating: 4.3/5

Unknown user

You are not logged in

Log in or create account

Link copied to your pasteboard.