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ViewInspector for SwiftUI

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ViewInspector is a library for unit testing SwiftUI-based projects. It allows for traversing SwiftUI view hierarchy in runtime providing direct access to the underlying View structs.


SwiftUI views are a function of state. We can provide the input, but couldn't verify the output. Until now.


1. Verify the view's inner state

You can dig into the hierarchy and read actual state values on any SwiftUI View:

let view = ContentView()
let value = try view.inspect().text().string()
XCTAssertEqual(value, "Hello, world!")

2. Extract your views from the hierarchy

It is possible to obtain a copy of your custom view with actual state and references from the hierarchy of any depth:

let customView = try view.inspect().anyView().view(CustomView.self)
let sut = customView.actualView()

3. Trigger side effects

Simulate user interaction by programmatically triggering system controls callbacks:

let view = ContentView()
let button = try view.inspect().hStack().button(3)
try button.tap()

let textField = try view.inspect().hStack().textField(2)
try textField.callOnCommit()

Is it using private APIs?

ViewInspector is using official Swift reflection API to dissect the view structures. So this library is production-friendly, although it's strongly recommended to use it for debugging and unit testing purposes only.

How do I add it to my Xcode project?

  1. In Xcode select File ⭢ Swift Packages ⭢ Add Package Dependency...
  2. Copy-paste repository URL:
  3. Hit Next two times, under Add to Target select your test target
  4. Hit Finish

How do I use it in my project?

Cosidering you have a view:

struct ContentView: View {
    var body: some View {
        Text("Hello, world!")

Your test file would look like this:

import XCTest
import ViewInspector // 1.
@testable import MyApp

extension ContentView: Inspectable { } // 2.

final class ContentViewTests: XCTestCase {

    func testStringValue() throws { // 3.
        let sut = ContentView()
        let value = try sut.inspect().text().string() // 4.
        XCTAssertEqual(value, "Hello, world!")

So, you need to do the following:

  1. Add import ViewInspector
  2. Extend your view to conform to Inspectable in the test target scope.
  3. Annotate the test function with throws keyword to not mess with the bulky do { } catch { }. Test fails automatically upon exception.
  4. Start the inspection with .inspect() function

Inspection guide

After the .inspect() call you need to repeat the structure of the body by chaining corresponding functions named after the SwiftUI views.

struct MyView: View {
    var body: some View {
        HStack {

struct OtherView: View {
    var body: some View {

In this case you can obtain access to the Text("Ok") with the following chain:

let view = MyView()

Note that after .hStack() you're required to provide the index of the view you're retrieving: .anyView(1). For obtaining Text("Hi") you'd call .text(0).

You can save the intermediate result in a variable and reuse it for further inspection:

let view = MyView()
let hStack = try view.inspect().hStack()
let hiText = try hStack.text(0)
let okText = try hStack.anyView(1).view(OtherView.self).text()

Custom views using @EnvironmentObject

Currently, ViewInspector does not support SwiftUI's native environment injection through .environmentObject(_:), however you still can inspect such views by explicitely providing the environment object to every view that uses it. A small refactoring of the view's source code is required.

Consider you have a view that has a @EnvironmentObject variable:

struct MyView: View {

    @EnvironmentObject var state: GlobalState
    var body: some View {
        Text(state.showHi ? "Hi" : "Bye")

You can inspect it with ViewInspector after refactoring the following way:

struct MyView: View, InspectableWithEnvObject {

    @EnvironmentObject var state: GlobalState
    var body: Body {
    func content(_ state: GlobalState) -> some View {
        Text(state.showHi ? "Hi" : "Bye")

After that you can extract the view in tests by explicitely providing the environment object:

let envObject = GlobalState()
let view = MyView()
let value = try view.inspect(envObject).text().string()
XCTAssertEqual(value, "Hi")

For the case when view is embedded in the hierarchy:

let envObject = GlobalState()
let view = HStack { AnyView(MyView()) }
try view.inspect().anyView(0).view(MyView.self, envObject)

Note that you don't need to call .environmentObject(_:) in these cases.

Library readiness

  • AngularGradient
  • AnyView
  • Button
  • ButtonStyleConfiguration.Label
  • Custom view (SwiftUI and UIKit)
  • DatePicker
  • Divider
  • EditButton
  • EquatableView
  • ForEach
  • Form
  • GeometryReader
  • Group
  • GroupBox
  • HSplitView
  • HStack
  • Image
  • LinearGradient
  • List
  • MenuButton
  • ModifiedContent
  • NavigationLink
  • NavigationView
  • PasteButton
  • Picker
  • PrimitiveButtonStyleConfiguration.Label
  • RadialGradient
  • ScrollView
  • Section
  • SecureField
  • Slider
  • Stepper
  • TabView
  • Text
  • TextField
  • Toggle
  • ToggleStyleConfiguration.Label
  • VSplitView
  • VStack
  • ZStack

Contributions are welcomed!

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