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Top 20 Image Processing SDKs Used in iOS Apps on the Apple App Store
Last update: 14 Jul 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, 98.53% have integrated Apple Core Graphics. This accounts for 99.85% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

Total Apps
1.52m
App Store
App Share
98.53%
App Store
Apps
1.32m
Games
196.08k
Total Downloads
403.59b
App Store
Download Share
99.85%
App Store
App Downloads
303.76b
Game Downloads
99.82b

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 24.79% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

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

Total Apps
390.92k
App Store
App Share
25.38%
App Store
Apps
386.22k
Games
4.70k
Total Downloads
100.21b
App Store
Download Share
24.79%
App Store
App Downloads
93.36b
Game Downloads
6.85b

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

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, 5.12% have integrated TOCropViewController. This accounts for 2.86% 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
78.80k
App Store
App Share
5.12%
App Store
Apps
78.45k
Games
345
Total Downloads
11.55b
App Store
Download Share
2.86%
App Store
App Downloads
11.00b
Game Downloads
555.43m

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

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, 4.88% have integrated Kingfisher. This accounts for 5.22% 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
75.11k
App Store
App Share
4.88%
App Store
Apps
74.67k
Games
436
Total Downloads
21.10b
App Store
Download Share
5.22%
App Store
App Downloads
20.47b
Game Downloads
629.70m

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

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, 4.00% have integrated FLAnimatedImage. This accounts for 7.88% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

FLAnimatedImage is a performant animated GIF engine SDK for iOS.

Total Apps
61.58k
App Store
App Share
4.00%
App Store
Apps
60.89k
Games
693
Total Downloads
31.84b
App Store
Download Share
7.88%
App Store
App Downloads
30.15b
Game Downloads
1.69b

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

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, 3.60% have integrated SwiftyGif. This accounts for 1.31% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

Total Apps
55.53k
App Store
App Share
3.60%
App Store
Apps
55.29k
Games
237
Total Downloads
5.29b
App Store
Download Share
1.31%
App Store
App Downloads
5.28b
Game Downloads
17.64m

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

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, 3.26% have integrated QBImagePicker. This accounts for 1.01% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

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

Total Apps
50.16k
App Store
App Share
3.26%
App Store
Apps
49.98k
Games
179
Total Downloads
4.10b
App Store
Download Share
1.01%
App Store
App Downloads
3.15b
Game Downloads
948.73m

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

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, 3.08% 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
47.45k
App Store
App Share
3.08%
App Store
Apps
47.32k
Games
126
Total Downloads
3.09b
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
3.08b
Game Downloads
6.38m

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

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, 2.57% have integrated Webp. This accounts for 3.02% 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
39.65k
App Store
App Share
2.57%
App Store
Apps
39.47k
Games
175
Total Downloads
12.20b
App Store
Download Share
3.02%
App Store
App Downloads
11.73b
Game Downloads
466.88m

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

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, 1.93% have integrated AlamofireImage. This accounts for 1.61% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

AlamofireImage is an image component library SDK for Alamofire.

Total Apps
29.75k
App Store
App Share
1.93%
App Store
Apps
29.60k
Games
151
Total Downloads
6.50b
App Store
Download Share
1.61%
App Store
App Downloads
6.46b
Game Downloads
47.05m

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

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, 1.23% 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
18.90k
App Store
App Share
1.23%
App Store
Apps
18.77k
Games
132
Total Downloads
13.81b
App Store
Download Share
3.42%
App Store
App Downloads
13.45b
Game Downloads
364.88m

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% 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
14.13k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
14.06k
Games
66
Total Downloads
3.87b
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
3.81b
Game Downloads
53.30m

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
10.96k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
10.81k
Games
152
Total Downloads
2.54b
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
2.11b
Game Downloads
432.86m

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
10.61k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
10.58k
Games
27
Total Downloads
1.62b
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
1.62b
Game Downloads
1.53m

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 1.27% 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
10.13k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
10.10k
Games
28
Total Downloads
5.12b
App Store
Download Share
1.27%
App Store
App Downloads
5.11b
Game Downloads
13.14m

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 2.18% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

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

Total Apps
8.78k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
8.65k
Games
127
Total Downloads
8.81b
App Store
Download Share
2.18%
App Store
App Downloads
8.26b
Game Downloads
548.52m

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

Among all apps utilizing image processing SDKs, <1% have integrated ML Kit by Google. This accounts for 2.16% of app downloads within the image processing SDK category.

Total Apps
8.50k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
8.46k
Games
38
Total Downloads
8.71b
App Store
Download Share
2.16%
App Store
App Downloads
8.71b
Game Downloads
7.90m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use ML Kit by Google.

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
7.57k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
7.53k
Games
40
Total Downloads
3.40b
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
3.17b
Game Downloads
221.47m

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
7.24k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
7.23k
Games
13
Total Downloads
1.06b
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
1.06b
Game Downloads
794.43k

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
6.15k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
6.15k
Games
2
Total Downloads
612.36m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
605.97m
Game Downloads
6.39m

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

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