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Top 20 Image Processing SDKs Used in iOS Apps on the Apple App Store
Last update: 1 Mar 2024 CET
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Top 20 Image Processing SDKs Used in iOS Apps on the Apple App Store

We at 42matters have identified the 20 most popular Image Processing SDKs leveraged by iOS apps available on the iOS app market.

Image Processing SDKs enable app developers to add image processing, editing, and manipulation functionalities to their mobile apps. These SDKs typically include features like image recognition, image filtering, image enhancement, and other image such capabilities.

This list is based on our analysis of the millions of mobile applications – and the 2,300+ SDKs they use – that constitute the vast inventory of the Apple App Store. The accompanying data provides readers with a glimpse into the rich mobile application insights generated by the 42matters technology. This data is also available via our APIs, file dumps, Explorer, and SDK Explorer.

The intended purpose of this article is to assist app builders in their search for the perfect Image Processing SDK to leverage in their app, as well as to give SDK developers insight into their biggest competitors and potential customers. This data collected by our technology may also serve as a useful tool for folks researching the wider mobile app market.

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, 98.63% have integrated Apple Core Graphics. This accounts for 99.87% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

Total Apps
1.48m
App Store
App Share
98.63%
App Store
Apps
1.29m
Games
192.33k
Total Downloads
375.70b
App Store
Download Share
99.87%
App Store
App Downloads
281.90b
Game Downloads
93.81b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Apple Core Graphics.

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, 25.38% have integrated SDWebImage. This accounts for 26.11% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

SDWebImage is an asynchronous image downloader with cache support as a UIImageView category.

Total Apps
381.93k
App Store
App Share
25.38%
App Store
Apps
377.22k
Games
4.71k
Total Downloads
98.23b
App Store
Download Share
26.11%
App Store
App Downloads
91.33b
Game Downloads
6.91b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use SDWebImage.

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, 4.93% have integrated Kingfisher. This accounts for 5.29% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

Kingfisher is a powerful, pure-Swift library SDK for downloading and caching images from the web. It provides you a chance to use a pure-Swift way to work with remote images in your next app.

Total Apps
74.25k
App Store
App Share
4.93%
App Store
Apps
73.83k
Games
418
Total Downloads
19.92b
App Store
Download Share
5.29%
App Store
App Downloads
19.49b
Game Downloads
430.08m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Kingfisher.

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, 4.91% have integrated TOCropViewController. This accounts for 3.13% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

TOCropViewController is an open-source UIViewController subclass SDK for cropping out sections of UIImage objects, as well as performing basic rotations.

Total Apps
73.83k
App Store
App Share
4.91%
App Store
Apps
73.51k
Games
321
Total Downloads
11.77b
App Store
Download Share
3.13%
App Store
App Downloads
11.20b
Game Downloads
575.31m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use TOCropViewController.

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, 4.16% have integrated FLAnimatedImage. This accounts for 8.22% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

FLAnimatedImage is a performant animated GIF engine SDK for iOS.

Total Apps
62.63k
App Store
App Share
4.16%
App Store
Apps
61.96k
Games
667
Total Downloads
30.94b
App Store
Download Share
8.22%
App Store
App Downloads
29.15b
Game Downloads
1.79b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use FLAnimatedImage.

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, 3.27% have integrated SwiftyGif. This accounts for 1.20% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

Total Apps
49.23k
App Store
App Share
3.27%
App Store
Apps
49.02k
Games
206
Total Downloads
4.50b
App Store
Download Share
1.20%
App Store
App Downloads
4.49b
Game Downloads
13.47m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use SwiftyGif.

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, 3.22% have integrated QBImagePicker. This accounts for 1.13% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

The QBImagePicker SDK is a clone of UIImagePickerController with multiple selection support.

Total Apps
48.42k
App Store
App Share
3.22%
App Store
Apps
48.26k
Games
168
Total Downloads
4.23b
App Store
Download Share
1.13%
App Store
App Downloads
3.37b
Game Downloads
864.27m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use QBImagePicker.

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, 2.77% have integrated DKImagePickerController. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

DKImagePickerController is a highly customizable, pure-Swift library SDK.

Total Apps
41.70k
App Store
App Share
2.77%
App Store
Apps
41.59k
Games
108
Total Downloads
2.32b
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
2.31b
Game Downloads
5.88m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use DKImagePickerController.

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, 2.36% have integrated Webp. This accounts for 3.13% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

WebP is a modern image format that provides superior, lossless and lossy compression for images on the web. Using the WebP SDK, webmasters and web developers can create smaller, richer images that make the web faster.

Total Apps
35.59k
App Store
App Share
2.36%
App Store
Apps
35.43k
Games
163
Total Downloads
11.79b
App Store
Download Share
3.13%
App Store
App Downloads
11.54b
Game Downloads
249.90m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Webp.

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, 2.01% have integrated AlamofireImage. This accounts for 1.73% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

AlamofireImage is an image component library SDK for Alamofire.

Total Apps
30.18k
App Store
App Share
2.01%
App Store
Apps
30.03k
Games
155
Total Downloads
6.51b
App Store
Download Share
1.73%
App Store
App Downloads
6.47b
Game Downloads
41.07m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use AlamofireImage.

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, 1.29% have integrated GPUImage. This accounts for 3.42% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

The GPUImage framework is a BSD-licensed iOS library SDK that lets you apply GPU-accelerated filters and other effects to images, live camera video, and movies.

Total Apps
19.48k
App Store
App Share
1.29%
App Store
Apps
19.35k
Games
132
Total Downloads
12.86b
App Store
Download Share
3.42%
App Store
App Downloads
12.49b
Game Downloads
374.07m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use GPUImage.

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, <1% have integrated RSKImageCropper. This accounts for 1.13% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

RSKImageCropper is an image cropper / photo cropper SDK for iOS, similar to the Contacts app, with support for landscape orientation.

Total Apps
14.75k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
14.68k
Games
72
Total Downloads
4.24b
App Store
Download Share
1.13%
App Store
App Downloads
4.19b
Game Downloads
53.04m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use RSKImageCropper.

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, <1% have integrated MWPhotoBrowser. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

The MWPhotoBrowser SDK offers a simple iOS photo and video browser with optional grid view, captions, and selections.

Total Apps
11.35k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
11.17k
Games
173
Total Downloads
2.51b
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
1.99b
Game Downloads
518.92m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use MWPhotoBrowser.

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, <1% have integrated ImageSlideshow. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

ImageSlideshow is a customizable Swift image slideshow SDK. It facilitates circular scrolling and has both a timer mechanism and a full screen viewer.

Total Apps
10.63k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
10.60k
Games
29
Total Downloads
1.54b
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
1.54b
Game Downloads
1.55m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use ImageSlideshow.

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, <1% have integrated PINRemoteImage. This accounts for 1.62% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

PINRemoteImage is an SDK that offers a fast, non-deadlocking parallel image downloader and cache for iOS.

Total Apps
10.14k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
10.11k
Games
29
Total Downloads
6.08b
App Store
Download Share
1.62%
App Store
App Downloads
6.07b
Game Downloads
10.88m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use PINRemoteImage.

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, <1% have integrated YYWebImage. This accounts for 2.22% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

The YYWebImage SDK is an asynchronous image loading framework (a component of YYKit).

Total Apps
8.97k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
8.84k
Games
135
Total Downloads
8.34b
App Store
Download Share
2.22%
App Store
App Downloads
7.75b
Game Downloads
589.39m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use YYWebImage.

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, <1% have integrated Nuke. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

The Nuke SDK is a powerful image loading and caching system. Nuke provides a simple and efficient way to download and display images in your app.

Total Apps
7.71k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
7.68k
Games
38
Total Downloads
3.25b
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
3.03b
Game Downloads
218.55m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Nuke.

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, <1% have integrated SKPhotoBrowser. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

SKPhotoBrowser is an SDK that offers a simple PhotoBrowser/Viewer, inspired by the Facebook and Twitter photo browsers, written in swift.

Total Apps
7.05k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
7.04k
Games
13
Total Downloads
1.28b
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
1.28b
Game Downloads
1.13m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use SKPhotoBrowser.

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, <1% have integrated NYTPhotoViewer. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

The NYTPhotoViewer SDK is a slideshow and image viewer that includes double-tap to zoom, captions, support for multiple images, interactive flick to dismiss, animated zooming presentation, and more.

Total Apps
6.21k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
6.21k
Games
2
Total Downloads
565.90m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
559.75m
Game Downloads
6.16m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use NYTPhotoViewer.

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, <1% have integrated ELCImagePickerController. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

The ELCImagePickerController SDK is a clone of the UIImagePickerController using the Assets Library Framework allowing for multiple asset selection.

Total Apps
5.46k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
5.35k
Games
103
Total Downloads
766.96m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
569.20m
Game Downloads
197.76m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use ELCImagePickerController.

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