VeeContactPicker 1.1

VeeContactPicker 1.1

TestsTested โœ“
LangLanguage Obj-CObjective C
License MIT
ReleasedLast Release Sep 2017

Maintained by Andrea Cipriani.

VeeContactPicker Example

VeeContactPicker is an Objective-C replacement of the buggy ABPeoplePickerNavigationController: a ViewController for selecting contacts from the address book.


  • ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฟ It loads the contacts very fast! Note that the official ABPeoplePickerNavigationController is really slow: see this thread)
  • ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ง You can select multiple contacts! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ New from v1 ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰
  • ๐Ÿ”ต Contacts' images and coloured placeholders
  • ๐Ÿ” Search for your contacts! Also by email address or phone number.
  • ๐Ÿ›‚ Choose the contacts that you want to show in the picker (e.g only contacts with a valid email address)
  • ๐Ÿคก Easy customizable appearance
  • โœ… Good test coverage

How to use it - Basic

Import the ViewController:

# import "VeeContactPickerViewController.h"

Initialize it and set the delegate:

VeeContactPickerViewController *veeContactPickerViewController = [[VeeContactPickerViewController alloc] initWithDefaultConfiguration];
veeContactPickerViewController.contactPickerDelegate = self;
//do you want to select multiple contacts? veeContactPickerViewController.multipleSelection = YES;
[self presentViewController:veeContactPickerViewController animated:YES completion:nil];

Implement the delegate:

- (void)didSelectContact:(id<VeeContactProt>)veeContact
    //veeContact was selected

- (void)didSelectContacts:(NSArray<id<VeeContactProt>> *)veeContacts
    //veeContact were selected

- (void)didCancelContactSelection
  //No contact was selected

- (void)didFailToAccessAddressBook
  //Show an error?

That's all folks!

How to use it - Details

You can customize some properties of the picker by changing the VeeContactPickerOptions object and pass it to the initializer:

- (instancetype)initWithOptions:(VeeContactPickerOptions*)veeContactPickerOptions;

For example, if you don't like the contacts' initials images as the placeholder, you can set your own placeholder image:

VeeContactPickerOptions *veeContactPickerOptions = [VeeContactPickerOptions alloc] initWithDefaultOptions];
veeContactPickerOptions.showInitialsPlaceholder = NO;
veeContactPickerOptions.contactThumbnailImagePlaceholder = [UIImage imageNamed:@"your_placeholder"];
VeeContactPickerViewController *veeContactPickerViewController = [[VeeContactPickerViewController alloc] initWithOptions:veeContactPickerOptions];

Contact's image placeholder are provided by AGCInitials. You can customize the color palette if you want, see the README of AGCInitials.

  • If you want to change or localize the strings shown by the picker, look at this property:
  • If you want to choose which contacts to show, you can initialize the picker using:
- (instancetype)initWithVeeContacts:(NSArray<id<VeeContactProt>>*)veeContacts;

Picker Appearance:

You can customize the appearance of the contact picker by manipulating the object VeeContactPickerAppearanceConstants, before loading the picker.

For example:

[[VeeContactPickerAppearanceConstants sharedInstance] setNavigationBarTintColor:[UIColor purpleColor]];
[[VeeContactPickerAppearanceConstants sharedInstance] setNavigationBarTranslucent:NO];
[[VeeContactPickerAppearanceConstants sharedInstance] setContactCellPrimaryLabelFont:[UIFont yourFont]];
[self presentViewController:veeContactPickerViewController animated:YES completion:nil];

Run the example

To run the example project, clone the repo, and run pod install from the Example directory first.

Or you can even try the example online with Appetize.


  • iOS 8+


VeeContactPicker is available through CocoaPods. To install
it, simply add the following line to your Podfile:

pod "VeeContactPicker"


Andrea Cipriani [email protected] - Code Atlas SRL


VeeContactPicker is available under the MIT license. See the LICENSE file for more info.

App Store

VeeContactPicker is already used in the App Store for our app Veer Contacts Widget; if you appreciate our work, you can download the app for free! ๐Ÿค—