Tiny high-performance Swift Polyline Simplification Library
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SwiftSimplify is a tiny high-performance Swift polyline simplification library ported from Javascript's Simplify.js. Original work come from Leaflet, a JS interactive maps library by Vladimir Agafonkin. It uses a combination of Douglas-Peucker and Radial Distance algorithms. Works both on browser and server platforms.

Polyline simplification dramatically reduces the number of points in a polyline while retaining its shape, giving a huge performance boost when processing it and also reducing visual noise. For example, it's essential when rendering a 70k-points line chart or a map route in the browser using MapKit.


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  • iOS 8.0+ / Mac OS X 10.10+
  • Xcode 8.0
  • Swift 3.0


  • If you found a bug, open an issue.
  • If you have a feature request, open an issue.
  • If you want to contribute, submit a pull request.


SwiftSimplify is available through CocoaPods. To install it, simply add the following line to your Podfile:

pod "SwiftSimplify"


Usage is pretty straightforward: in fact you need just call the SwiftSimplify's class method simplify by passing your configuration. Allowed parameters are:

class func simplify<T>(points: [T], tolerance: Float?, highQuality: Bool = false) -> [T];
  • points: An array of points. SwiftSimplify supports Swift's generic so you can pass an array of CGPoint ([CGPoint]) or array of CLLocationCoordinate2D ([CLLocationCoordinate2D).
  • tolerance: (1 by default) Affects the amount of simplification (in the same metric as the point coordinates)
  • highQuality: (false by default) Excludes distance-based preprocessing step which leads to highest quality simplification but runs ~10-20 times slower.


Daniele Margutti, me@danielemargutti.com You can reach me on twitter @danielemargutti. My web site is danielemargutti.com


SwiftSimplify is available under the MIT license. See the LICENSE file for more info.