Tulleb Tulleb - 1 month ago 46
Swift Question

Alamofire download issue

I am trying to download this picture in my code using Alamofire 4.0.0 with Xcode 8.0 and Swift 3.0.

Here is my request:

func download(_ path: String, _ completionHandler: @escaping (Any?) -> ()) {
let stringURL = "https://slove.tulleb.com/uploads/6/6/0/2/66027561/2791411.jpg-1447979839.png"

print("Requesting \(stringURL)...")

_ = Alamofire.download(stringURL)
.responseData { response in

if let data = response.result.value {
completionHandler(UIImage(data: data))
} else {

I get the following answer from the server:


I don't have any idea on how to fix this... Is Alamofire new version having some issues or is it me forgetting something somewhere?



Official answer from cnoon (Alamofire member):

Hi @Tulleb,

Apologies for not getting back to you sooner. The example @katopz is not the same type of request. That example demonstrates how to use a data task, not a download task. If you don't wish to download the file, you can instead do the following:

Alamofire.request(url).responseData { response in guard let data = response.result.value else { return } let image = UIImage(data: data) print(image) } However, to answer you're original question, you're running into a sandbox permissions issue. We allow you to use the download APIs without specifying a destination closure for operating systems like macOS where you can access files outside of your own sandbox. However, on iOS, you cannot directly access the data of a file that is outside of your sandbox. That's why you are seeing the .inputFileReadFailed error.

There are a couple ways you can solve this issue.

Option 1

You can download the data using the request API as shown above which downloads the image data into memory, not to disk.

Option 2

You can move the file into your sandbox before accessing the data using a destination closure. Here's an example of how to do that:

let destination: DownloadRequest.DownloadFileDestination = { _, _ in
let documentsPath = NSSearchPathForDirectoriesInDomains(.documentDirectory,
.userDomainMask, true)[0]
let documentsURL = URL(fileURLWithPath: documentsPath, isDirectory: true)
let fileURL = documentsURL.appendingPathComponent("image.png")

return (fileURL, [.removePreviousFile, .createIntermediateDirectories]) }

Alamofire.download("https://httpbin.org/image/png", to:
destination).responseData { response in

    if let data = response.result.value {
        let image = UIImage(data: data)
    } else {
        print("Data was invalid")

// Outputs:

// [Request]: https://httpbin.org/image/png // [Response]: { URL: https://httpbin.org/image/png } { status code: 200, headers { // "Access-Control-Allow-Origin" = "*"; // "Content-Length" = 8090; // "Content-Type" = "image/png"; // Date = "Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:34:25 GMT"; //
Server = nginx; // "access-control-allow-credentials" = true; // } } // [TemporaryURL]: /private/var/mobile/Containers/Data/Application/25612024-9A05-4ED5-AF3B-A98E22DEAD7A/tmp/CFNetworkDownload_fD9sXf.tmp // [DestinationURL]: /var/mobile/Containers/Data/Application/25612024-9A05-4ED5-AF3B-A98E22DEAD7A/Documents/image.png // [ResumeData]: 0 bytes // [Result]: SUCCESS: 8090 bytes // [Timeline]: Timeline: { "Request Start Time": 496445664.792, "Initial Response Time": 496445665.651, "Request Completed Time": 496445665.655, "Serialization Completed Time": 496445665.655, "Latency": 0.860 secs, "Request Duration": 0.863 secs, "Serialization Duration": 0.000 secs, "Total Duration": 0.864 secs } // Optional(, {100, 100}) You MUST use a destination closure if you need to download the file to disk. The temporary file can only be accessed inside the delegate callback which is handled internally in Alamofire. If you do not specify a destination closure on iOS, the temporaryURL will always point to where the temp file was previously stored, but has been cleaned up.


So in summary, if you don't need to download the data to disk, then you want Option 1. If you do want to save the file on disk, then you want Option 2.