Programming language: Swift
License: Apache License 2.0
Tags: Debugging    
Latest version: v0.2.1

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A library for isolated developing UI components and automatically taking snapshots of them.


Playbook is a library that provides a sandbox for building UI components without having to worry about application-specific dependencies, strongly inspired by Storybook for JavaScript in web-frontend development.

Components built by using Playbook can generate a standalone app as living styleguide.
This allows you to not only review UI quickly but also deliver more robust designs by separating business logics out of components.

Besides, snapshots of each component can be automatically generated by unit tests, and visual regression testing can be performed using arbitrary third-party tools.

For complex modern app development, it’s important to catch UI changes more sensitively and keep improving them faster.
With the Playbook, you don't have to struggle through preparing the data and spend human resources for manual testings.



Playbook is a framework that provides the basic functionality for managing components. It supports both SwiftUI and UIKit.
Components are uniquely stored as scenarios. A Scenario has the way to layout component. Please check the API Doc for the variety of layouts.

Playbook.default.addScenarios(of: "Home") {
    Scenario("CategoryHome", layout: .fill) {

    Scenario("LandmarkList", layout: .fill) {
        NavigationView {

    Scenario("UIView red", layout: .fixed(length: 100)) {
        let view = UIView()
        view.backgroundColor = .red
        return view

ScenarioProvider allows you to isolate additional scenarios and keep your playbook building clean.

struct HomeScenarios: ScenarioProvider {
    static func addScenarios(into playbook: Playbook) {
        playbook.addScenarios(of: "Home") {
            Scenario("CategoryHome", layout: .fill) {

struct AllScenarios: ScenarioProvider {
    static func addScenarios(into playbook: Playbook) {

You can use the ScenarioContext passed to the closure that creates the component to get the screen size in snapshot, or wait before generating a snapshot.

Scenario("MapView", layout: .fill) { context in
    MapView(coordinate: landmarkData[10].locationCoordinate) {
        // This closure will called after the map has completed to render.
     .onAppear(perform: context.snapshotWaiter.wait)


PlaybookUI is a framework that provides user interfaces made by SwiftUI for browsing a list of scenarios.


The component visuals are listed and displayed.
Those that are displayed on the top screen are not actually doing layout, but rather display the snapshots that are efficiently generated at runtime.

Browser Detail

The UI that search and select a scenario in a drawer. It's more similar to Storybook.
If you have too many scenarios, this may be more efficient than PlaybookCatalog.

Browser Detail
How to Save Snapshot Images

To save snapshot images to the photo library from the share button on each UI, NSPhotoLibraryAddUsageDescription must be supported. See the official document for more information.


Scenarios can be tested by the instance of types conform to TestTool protocol.
Snapshot is one of them, which can generate the snapshots of all scenarios with simulate the screen size and safe area of the given devices.
Since Playbook doesn't depend on XCTest, it doesn't necessarily need to be run on Unit-test.

final class SnapshotTests: XCTestCase {
    func testTakeSnapshot() throws {
        let directory = ProcessInfo.processInfo.environment["SNAPSHOT_DIR"]!

        try Playbook.default.run(
                directory: URL(fileURLWithPath: directory),
                clean: true,
                format: .png,
                keyWindow: UIApplication.shared.windows.first { $0.isKeyWindow },
                devices: [.iPhone11Pro(.portrait)]


An extension to Playbook that uses AccessibilitySnapshot to produce snapshots with accessibility information such as activation points and labels.

Integration with Third-party Tools

The generated snapshot images can be used for more advanced visual regression testing by using a variety of third party tools.



  • Swift 5.1+
  • Xcode 11.0+
  • iOS
    • Playbook: 11.0+
    • PlaybookSnapshot: 11.0+
    • PlaybookUI: 13.0+


Playbook features are separated into the following frameworks.

  • Playbook: Core system of component management.
  • PlaybookSnapshot: Generates snapshots of all components.
  • PlaybookUI: Products a browsing UI for components managed by Playbook.


Add the following to your Podfile:

target 'YourPlaybook' do
  pod 'Playbook'
  pod 'PlaybookUI'

  target 'YourPlaybookTests' do
    inherit! :search_paths

    pod 'PlaybookSnapshot'


Add the following to your Cartfile:

github "playbook-ui/playbook-ios"

Swift Package Manager

Select Xcode menu File > Swift Packages > Add Package Dependency... and enter repository URL with GUI.

Repository: https://github.com/playbook-ui/playbook-ios

Note: Currently, SwiftPM doesn't support specifying the OS version for each library, so only iOS13 is supported.


Playbook is released under the Apache 2.0 License.

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