FBSnapshotTestCase 2.1.4

FBSnapshotTestCase 2.1.4

LangLanguage Obj-CObjective C
License BSD
ReleasedLast Release Oct 2016

Maintained by Dustin Barker, dstnbrkr, Patrik Tomas Chamelo, Facebook, Inc..

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What it does

A "snapshot test case" takes a configured UIView or CALayer and uses the renderInContext: method to get an image snapshot of its contents. It compares this snapshot to a "reference image" stored in your source code repository and fails the test if the two images don't match.


At Facebook we write a lot of UI code. As you might imagine, each type of feed story is rendered using a subclass of UIView. There are a lot of edge cases that we want to handle correctly:

  • What if there is more text than can fit in the space available?
  • What if an image doesn't match the size of an image view?
  • What should the highlighted state look like?

It's straightforward to test logic code, but less obvious how you should test views. You can do a lot of rectangle asserts, but these are hard to understand or visualize. Looking at an image diff shows you exactly what changed and how it will look to users.

We developed FBSnapshotTestCase to make snapshot tests easy.

Creating a snapshot test

  1. Subclass FBSnapshotTestCase instead of XCTestCase.
  2. From within your test, use FBSnapshotVerifyView.
  3. Run the test once with self.recordMode = YES; in the test's -setUp method. (This creates the reference images on disk.)
  4. Remove the line enabling record mode and run the test.


  • Automatically names reference images on disk according to test class and selector.
  • Prints a descriptive error message to the console on failure. (Bonus: failure message includes a one-line command to see an image diff if you have Kaleidoscope installed.)
  • Supply an optional "identifier" if you want to perform multiple snapshots in a single test method.
  • Support for CALayer via FBSnapshotVerifyLayer.
  • usesDrawViewHierarchyInRect to handle cases like UIVisualEffect, UIAppearance and Size Classes.
  • isDeviceAgnostic to allow appending the device model (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, etc), OS version and screen size to the images (allowing to have multiple tests for the same «snapshot» for different OSs and devices).


Your unit test must be an "application test", not a "logic test." (That is, it must be run within the Simulator so that it has access to UIKit.) In Xcode 5 and later new projects only offer application tests, but older projects will have separate targets for the two types.


FBSnapshotTestCase was written at Facebook by Jonathan Dann with significant contributions by Todd Krabach.


FBSnapshotTestCase is BSD-licensed. See LICENSE.