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Pod Version Pod Platform Carthage compatible SwiftPM compatible Mac Catalyst compatible Licence

By Algolia.

InstantSearch family: InstantSearch iOS | InstantSearch Android | React InstantSearch | InstantSearch.js | Angular InstantSearch | Vue InstantSearch.

InstantSearch iOS is a framework providing components and helpers to help you build the best instant-search experience on iOS with Algolia. It is built on top of Algolia's Swift API Client library to provide you a high-level solution to quickly build various search interfaces.


You can see InstantSearch iOS in action in our Examples repository, in which we published search experiences built with InstantSearch and written in Swift:


Swift Package Manager

The Swift Package Manager is a tool for managing the distribution of Swift code. It’s integrated with the Swift build system to automate the process of downloading, compiling, and linking dependencies. Since the release of Swift 5 and Xcode 11, SPM is compatible with the iOS, macOS and tvOS build systems for creating apps.

To use SwiftPM, you should use Xcode 11 to open your project. Click File -> Swift Packages -> Add Package Dependency, enter InstantSearch repo's URL. If you consider to use only the business logic modules of InstantSearch and don't need the set of provided UIKit controllers in your project, select only 'InstantSearchCore' in the provided list of products.

If you're a framework author and use InstantSearch as a dependency, update your Package.swift file:

let package = Package(
    // 7.0.0 ..< 8.0.0
    dependencies: [
        .package(url: "https://github.com/algolia/instantsearch-ios", from: "7.0.0")
    // ...


CocoaPods is a dependency manager for Cocoa projects.

To install InstantSearch, simply add the following line to your Podfile:

pod 'InstantSearch', '~> 7.0.0'
# pod 'InstantSearch/Core' for access to everything except the UI controllers

Then, run the following command:

$ pod update


Carthage is a simple, decentralized dependency manager for Cocoa.

  • To install InstantSearch, simply add the following line to your Cartfile:

    github "algolia/instantsearch-ios" ~> 7.0.0
  • Launch the following commands from the project directory

    carthage update
    carthage build

NOTE: At this time, Carthage does not provide a way to build only specific repository subcomponents (or equivalent of CocoaPods's subspecs). All components and their dependencies will be built with the above command. However, you don't need to copy frameworks you aren't using into your project. For instance, if you aren't using UI components from InstantSearch, feel free to delete that framework from the Carthage Build directory after carthage update completes keeping only InstantSearchCore.

If this is your first time using Carthage in the project, you'll need to go through some additional steps as explained over at Carthage.


You can start with the Getting Started Guide.

Learn more about instantSearch iOS in the dedicated documentation website.

Basic Usage

In your ViewController.swift:

import InstantSearch

struct BestBuyItem: Codable {
  let name: String

struct BestBuyTableViewCellConfigurator: TableViewCellConfigurable {

  let model: BestBuyItem

  init(model: BestBuyItem, indexPath: IndexPath) {
    self.model = model

  func configure(_ cell: UITableViewCell) {
    cell.textLabel?.text = model.name


typealias BestBuyHitsViewController = HitsTableViewController<BestBuyTableViewCellConfigurator>

class ViewController: UIViewController {

  let searcher = SingleIndexSearcher(appID: "latency",
                                     apiKey: "1f6fd3a6fb973cb08419fe7d288fa4db",
                                     indexName: "bestbuy")
  lazy var searchController: UISearchController = .init(searchResultsController: hitsTableViewController)
  lazy var searchConnector: SingleIndexSearchConnector<BestBuyItem> = .init(searcher: searcher,
                                                                            searchController: searchController,
                                                                            hitsController: hitsTableViewController)
  let hitsTableViewController: BestBuyHitsViewController = .init()
  let statsInteractor: StatsInteractor = .init()

  override func viewDidLoad() {

  override func viewDidAppear(_ animated: Bool) {

  func setupUI() {
    view.backgroundColor = .white
    navigationItem.searchController = searchController
    searchController.hidesNavigationBarDuringPresentation = false
    searchController.showsSearchResultsController = true
    searchController.automaticallyShowsCancelButton = false


extension ViewController: StatsTextController {

  func setItem(_ item: String?) {
    title = item


Run your app and you will the most basic search experience: a UISearchBar with the number of results each time you write a query.

To get a more meaningful search experience, please follow our Getting Started Guide.

If you only require business logic modules in your project and use InstantSearchCore framework, add import InstantSearchCore to your source files.

Getting Help

  • Need help? Ask a question to the Algolia Community or on Stack Overflow.
  • Encountering an issue? Before reaching out to support, we recommend heading to our FAQ where you will find answers for the most common issues and gotchas with the framework.
  • Found a bug? You can open a GitHub issue.
  • Questions about Algolia? You can search our FAQ in our website.

Getting involved

  • If you want to contribute please feel free to submit pull requests.
  • If you have a feature request please open an issue.
  • If you use InstantSearch in your app, we would love to hear about it! Drop us a line on discourse or twitter.


InstantSearch iOS is [Apache 2.0 licensed](LICENSE.md).

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the InstantSearch iOS README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.