kenzolek kenzolek - 4 months ago 136
iOS Question

How to export image to phone gallery using PHPhotoLibrary

To export image to phone gallery I tried use ALAssetsLibrary but Xcode 8.0 inform me that method is deprecated and I should use PHPhotoLibrary. When I use ALAssetsLibrary then method looks like that:

#import <AssetsLibrary/AssetsLibrary.h>
ALAssetsLibrary *assetsLib = [ALAssetsLibrary new];
[assetsLib writeImageToSavedPhotosAlbum:image
metadata:[image properties];

How can I use PHPhotoLibrary to have the same effect?


There is a way to do that.

Objective C

Import the Photos Framework

#import <Photos/Photos.h>

Then make your image

UIImage * image = [UIImage imageNamed:@"DP.jpg"];

Then save the image. The image will be saved to Camera Roll.
This will work same as writeImageToSavedPhotosAlbum of ALAssetsLibrary

[[PHPhotoLibrary sharedPhotoLibrary] performChanges:^{
        [PHAssetChangeRequest creationRequestForAssetFromImage:image];
    } completionHandler:^(BOOL success, NSError *error) {
        if (success) {
            NSLog(@"Image Saved");
        else {
            NSLog(@"error in saving image : %@",error);

Make sure the permission for photos is ON. Also if you have created the project of Xcode 8, then you need to add a key in Info.plist

<string>Use Photos</string>

You can also use the creationRequestForAssetFromImage method not only with UIImage making but also with an image URL too.

These are the methods you can use from Photos Framework.

+ (instancetype)creationRequestForAssetFromImage:(UIImage *)image;
+ (nullable instancetype)creationRequestForAssetFromImageAtFileURL:(NSURL *)fileURL;
+ (nullable instancetype)creationRequestForAssetFromVideoAtFileURL:(NSURL *)fileURL;

Swift 3.0

let image = UIImage(named: "DP.jpg")
    PHAssetChangeRequest.creationRequestForAsset(from: image!)
}) { (success:Bool, error:Error?) in
    if success {
        print("Image Saved Successfully")
    } else {
        print("Error is saving:"+error.debugDescription)

The other methods for Photos Framework for Swift are:

open class func creationRequestForAsset(from image: UIImage) -> Self
open class func creationRequestForAssetFromImage(atFileURL fileURL: URL) -> Self?
open class func creationRequestForAssetFromVideo(atFileURL fileURL: URL) -> Self?