⚡️ A library of widgets and helpers to build instant-search applications on iOS.


InstantSearch iOS

Platform iOS Swift 4 compatible Objective-C compatible CocoaPods compatible License: MIT

By Algolia.

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

InstantSearch iOS is a framework providing widgets 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 example apps built with InstantSearch and written in Swift:



CocoaPods is a dependency manager for Cocoa projects.

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

pod 'InstantSearch', '~> 2.0'
# pod 'InstantSearch/Widgets' for access to everything
# pod 'InstantSearch/Core' for access to everything except the UI widgets
# pod 'InstantSearch/Client' for access only to the API Client

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" ~> 2.0 # for access to everything
# github "algolia/instantsearch-core-swift" ~> 3.0 # for access to everything except the UI widgets
# github "algolia/algoliasearch-client-swift" ~> 5.0 # for access only to the API Client


The API client is the only library of the framework available on SwiftPM.

To install the API Client, add .package(url:"https://github.com/algolia/algoliasearch-client-swift", from: "5.0.0") to your package dependencies array in Package.swift, then add AlgoliaSearch to your target dependencies.


You can start with the Getting Started Guide.

Learn more about instantSearch iOS in the dedicated documentation website.

Basic Usage

In your AppDelegate.swift:

import InstantSearch

func application(_ application: UIApplication, didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: [UIApplicationLaunchOptionsKey: Any]?) -> Bool {
    // Configure InstantSearch
    InstantSearch.shared.configure(appID: "latency", apiKey: "1f6fd3a6fb973cb08419fe7d288fa4db", index: "bestbuy_promo")

In your ViewController.swift:

import InstantSearch

override func viewDidLoad() {

    let searchBar = SearchBarWidget(frame: CGRect(x: 20, y: 30, width: 300, height: 40))
    let statsWidget = StatsLabelWidget(frame: CGRect(x: 20, y: 80, width: 300, height: 50))

    // Add all widgets in view to InstantSearch
    InstantSearch.shared.registerAllWidgets(in: self.view)

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.

Getting Help

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 MIT licensed.