Programming language: Swift
License: MIT License
Tags: UI     TextField & TextView    
Latest version: v7.14.0

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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.


InstantSearch iOS consists of three products

  • InstantSearch Insights – library that allows developers to capture search-related events
  • InstantSearch Core – the business logic modules of InstantSearch
  • InstantSearch – the complete InstantSearch toolset including UIKit components
  • InstantSearch SwiftUI – the set of SwiftUI data models and views to use on top of Core components


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. Next, select the products you consider to use in your project from the provided list.

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

let package = Package(
    // 7.14.0 ..< 8.0.0
    dependencies: [
        .package(url: "https://github.com/algolia/instantsearch-ios", from: "7.13.0")
    // ...


CocoaPods is a dependency manager for Cocoa projects.

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

pod 'InstantSearch', '~> 7.14'
# pod 'InstantSearch/Insights' for access to Insights library only
# pod 'InstantSearch/Core' for access business logic without UIKit components
# pod 'InstantSearch/SwiftUI' for access to SwiftUI components

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" ~> 7.14
  • 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 you only need event-tracking functionalities, delete all but InstantSearchInsights framework.

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.


InstantSearch Insights iOS library allows developers to capture search-related events. The events maybe related to search queries (such as click an conversion events used for Click Analytics or A/B testing). It does so by correlating events with queryIDs generated by the search API when a query parameter clickAnalytics=true is set. As well library allows to capture search-independent events which can be used for the purpose of search experience personalization. There are three types of these events which are currently supported: click, conversion and view.

Quick Start

Initialize the Insights client

You first need to initialize the Insights client. For that you need your Application ID and API Key. You can find them on your Algolia account. Also, for the purpose of personalization an application User Token can be specified via the corresponding optional parameter. In case of non-specified user token an automatically-generated application-wide user token will be used.

Insights.register(appId: "testApp", apiKey: "testKey", userToken: "testToken")

Sending metrics

Once that you registered your Application ID and the API Key you can easily start sending metrics.

Insights.shared?.clickedAfterSearch(eventName: "click event",
                                    indexName: "index name",
                                    objectID: "object id",
                                    position: 1,
                                    queryID: "query id")

Insights.shared?.convertedAfterSearch(eventName: "conversion event",
                                      indexName: "index name",
                                      objectIDs: ["obj1", "obj2"],
                                      queryID: "query id")

Insights.shared?.viewed(eventName: "view event",
                        indexName: "index name",
                        filters: ["brand:apple"])

Logging and debuging

In case you want to check if the metric was sent correctly, you need to enable the logging first

Insights.shared(appId: "appId")?.isLoggingEnabled = true

After you enabled it, you can check the output for success or error messages

Events flush delay

By default the client transmits tracked events every 30 seconds. You can customize this delay by changing flushDelay value (in seconds) as follows:

Insights.flushDelay = 60

Setting API region

By default each analytics API call is geo-routed so that each call targets the closest API. Today the analytics API suports two regions: United States and Germany. You can specify the region your prefer to use as follows:

Insights.region = .de

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.