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Vikram Pote Vikram Pote - 8 months ago 82
iOS Question

how to implement lazy loading of images in table view using swift

I want to use lazy loading concept for my table view using swift. In my table view i am showing multiple cells which contain product images and product name .
Please help me to get the solution.


Old Solution:

Since you doesn't show any code.

Here is the example for you.

func tableView(tableView: UITableView, cellForRowAtIndexPath indexPath: NSIndexPath) -> UITableViewCell {

    // try to reuse cell
    let cell:CustomCell = tableView.dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier("DealCell") as CustomCell

    // get the deal image
    let currentImage = deals[indexPath.row].imageID
    let unwrappedImage = currentImage
    var image = self.imageCache[unwrappedImage]
    let imageUrl = NSURL(string: "\(unwrappedImage)/photo")

    // reset reused cell image to placeholder
    cell.dealImage.image = UIImage(named: "placeholder")

    // async image
    if image == nil {

    let request: NSURLRequest = NSURLRequest(URL: imageUrl!)

    NSURLConnection.sendAsynchronousRequest(request, queue: NSOperationQueue.mainQueue(), completionHandler: {(response: NSURLResponse!,data: NSData!,error: NSError!) -> Void in
        if error == nil {

            image = UIImage(data: data)

            self.imageCache[unwrappedImage] = image
            dispatch_async(dispatch_get_main_queue(), {
                cell.dealImage.image = image

        else {


        cell.dealImage.image = image

  return cell


Follow THIS tutorial for more Info. Hope this will help you.

New Solution:

Here is extension for it which is created by my friend Leo Dabus which is really simple to use:

extension UIImageView {
    func downloadImageFrom(link link:String, contentMode: UIViewContentMode) {
        NSURLSession.sharedSession().dataTaskWithURL( NSURL(string:link)!, completionHandler: {
            (data, response, error) -> Void in
            dispatch_async(dispatch_get_main_queue()) {
                self.contentMode =  contentMode
                if let data = data { self.image = UIImage(data: data) }

Now in your cellForRowAtIndexPath method assign image to cell this way:

cell.cellImageView.image = UIImage(named: "placeholder")  //set placeholder image first.
cell.cellImageView.downloadImageFrom(link: imageLinkArray[indexPath.row], contentMode: UIViewContentMode.ScaleAspectFit)  //set your image from link array.

And as Rob suggested into comment here is some useful libraries which you can use: