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XCUI overview

This SDK allows you to work with Applitools Eyes using XCUI.

For information about installing and configuring this SDK, see Testing native iOS apps using XCUI on the Applitools Tutorial site.


Using Swift Package Manager

In Xcode, select File > Add Packages... then add the GitHub URL of EyesXCUI:

Using CocoaPods

Add EyesXCUI to your podfile:

pod 'EyesXCUI'

Getting started

To get started with this SDK, you need to set the following:

Entering the Applitools API key

To authenticate via the Applitools server and run tests, you need to assign the API key provided from Applitools Eyes to the XCUI Eyes instance. For details how to retrieve your API key, see the Applitools documentation.

let eyes = Eyes()
eyes.apiKey = <API_key>

Eyes server URL

If the Eyes server is not deployed in, you need to assigb the Server URL to the XCUI Eyes instance before running tests.

The server URL of your Applitools Eyes dashboard is in the format https://<MY_COMPANY>

eyes.serverURL = <YOUR_SERVER_URL>

A test in Applitools Eyes always starts with an call and ends with eyes.close(). The steps in the test are calls to eyes.check() between the and eyes.close() calls.

A test is structured as follows:
[step 1]
[step 2]

Common methods


Creates an Eyes test. This will start a session with the Applitools server.

Syntax appName, testName: testName)

example "Hello World!", testName: "My first test using EyesXCUI SDK!")


Generates a screenshot of the current page and add it to the Eyes test.


eyes.check(withTag: tag, andSettings: checkSettings);


eyes.check(withTag: "Hello", andSettings: Target.window().fully())

For a description of common actions with this class, see check Settings


Closes the Eyes test and checks that all screenshots are valid.

It is important to call this at the end of each test, symmetrically to open.

try eyes.close()

Visual tests and baselines

By using the open, check, and close methods on Eyes, you are creating visual tests in Applitools Eyes. A visual test is a sequence of screenshots, compared with a baseline. The baseline is also a sequence of screenshots. The specific baseline to compare against is found by using the values for:

  • App name
  • Test name
  • Operating system version
  • Viewport size (defined by device size and orientation)

The baseline is created automatically when running a test with specific values for these 4 parameters for the first time. For example, if you run a test on iOS 16 and specify the app name and test name via"some app", testName:"some test"), the first time the test runs with these parameters, on this specific operating system version / viewport size combination, a baseline will be created. Any subsequent execution with the same values will compare screenshots against this baseline. The test will actually be created after running eyes.close(), and the results of the test are returned as a TestResults object.

For more information, see How Eyes compares checkpoints and baseline images