Latest 3.1.2
License MIT
Platforms ios 8.0
Dependencies VISPER-Core, VISPER-Objc, VISPER-Presenter, VISPER-Wireframe, VISPER-Redux, VISPER-Entity


VISPER is a component based library, which helps you to develop modular apps based on the VIPER Pattern.


Currently available VISPER-Components

  • VISPER – a convenience import wrapper to include all VISPER Components with one import. It contains some deprecated components for backwards compatibility to previous VISPER Versions.
  • VISPER-Swift – All swift components of the VISPER-Framework, and a convenience import wrapper for all their dependencies.
  • VISPER-Objc – A wrapper around the core VISPER classes to use them in an objc codebase.
  • VISPER-Core – Some common core protocols used to communicate between the different components of your feature. This pod should be used if you want to include VISPER Components into your own projects and components. It’s protocols are implemented in the other VISPER component pods.
  • VISPER-Wireframe – The component containing the implementation of the wireframe layer in a VIPER-Application, it manages the presentation and the lifecycle of your ViewControllers.
  • VISPER-Presenter(swift / objc) – The component containing the implementation of the presentation layer in a VIPER-Application. It contains some presenter classes to seperate your application logic, from your view logic.
  • VISPER-Redux – A component containing the implementation of an redux architecture used in many VISPER-Application to represent the interactor layer in a viper application.
  • VISPER-Reactive – A simple implementation of reactive properties to allow the use of a reactive redux architecture in a VISPER-Application. It can be updated by the subspec VISPER-Rective/RxSwift to use the RxSwift framework.
  • VISPER-Sourcery – A component supporting you to create a VISPER application by creating some nessecary boilerplate code for you.
  • VISPER-UIViewController (swift) / (objc) – A component extending UIViewControllers to notify a presenter about it’s lifecycle (viewDidLoad, etc.)
  • VISPER-Entity – A component modeling the entity layer if you do not use your custom layer in your VISPER-Application.

Getting started


The core component of your VISPER application is an instance of the App
protocol, which allows you to configure your application by a Feature which represents a distinct functionality of your app and
configures all VISPER components used by it.

The definition of the App protocol is quite simple:

public protocol App {

    /// Add a feature to your application
    /// - Parameter feature: your feature
    /// - Throws: throws errors thrown by your feature observers
    /// - note: A Feature is an empty protocol representing a distinct funtionality of your application.
    ///         It will be provided to all FeatureObservers after addition to configure and connect it to
    ///         your application and your remaining features. Have look at LogicFeature and LogicFeatureObserver for an example.
    func add(feature: Feature) throws

    /// Add an observer to configure your application after adding a feature.
    /// Have look at LogicFeature and LogicFeatureObserver for an example.
    /// - Parameter featureObserver: an object observing feature addition
    func add(featureObserver: FeatureObserver)


Features and FeatureObserver

You can basicly add some FeatureObservers and Features to an App.

A FeatureObserver will be called whenever a Feature is added and is responsible for configuring your VISPER components to provide the functionality implemented by your Feature.

Many VISPER Components implement their own subtypes of App, Feature and FeatureObserver.


The Wireframe manages the lifecycle of UIViewController in an VISPER-Application.
It is used to create controllers and to route from one controller to an other. It seperates the ViewController presentation and creation logic from the UIViewController itself.

The VISPER-Wireframe component contains an implementation of the Wireframe-Protocol.

You can use the DefaultWireframeAppFactory to create a WireframeApp with a default configuration:

let navigationController = UINavigationController()
let factory = DefaultWireframeAppFactory()
let wireframeApp = factory.makeApp()
wireframeApp.add(controllerToNavigate: navigationController)

if you want to create a Wireframe without creating a WireframeApp use the WireframeFactory.

let factory = WireframeFactory()
let wireframe = factory.makeWireframe()

Now create a ViewFeature which provides a ViewController and some RoutingOptions, to define how the controller will be presented, to your wireframe.

class ExampleViewFeature: ViewFeature {

    var routePattern: String = "/exampleView"
    var priority: Int = 0

    //controller will be pushed on current active navigation controller 
    func makeOption(routeResult: RouteResult) -> RoutingOption {
        return DefaultRoutingOptionPush()

    func makeController(routeResult: RouteResult) throws -> UIViewController {
        let controller = UIViewController()
        return controller

Add it to your WireframeApp

let feature = ExampleFeature()
wireframeApp.add(feature: feature)

or to your Wireframe

let feature = ExampleFeature()
wireframe.add(controllerProvider: feature, priority: feature.priority)
wireframe.add(optionProvider: feature, priority: feature.priority)
try wireframe.add(routePattern: feature.routePattern)

You can now route to the controller provided by the ExampleFeature:

try wireframe.route(url: URL(string: "/exampleView")!)

Here ist a full example using VISPER with a wireframe


VISPER-Redux is an implementation of the redux-architecture in swift.

It provides you with an app architecture to tackle the problem
of distributed app state and state changes. It is the implementaion
of the interactor layer in many Apps based on the VISPER Framework.

If you want to learn more about redux, have a look at the following tutorials and documentations:

A comprehensive introduction about VISPER-Redux can be found here.


VISPER-Redux stores the complete state of your app in a central struct to create a transparent representation of the current state of your different app components.

A typical composite app state for an app to manage your todos in the next week might look like that:

struct AppState {
    var userState: UserState
    var todoListState: TodoListState
    var imprintState: ImprintState

with some composite sub states:

struct UserState {
    var userName: String
    var isAuthenticated: Bool
struct TodoListState {
    var todos: [Todo]
struct ImprintState {
    var text: String
    var didAlreadyRead: Bool


Each store has a special reducer with the following definition:

public typealias AppReducer<State> = (_ ReducerProvider: ReducerProvider,_ action: Action, _ state: State) -> State

It is used as a single entrypoint to the store.
It is called whenever a action is dispatched, to resolve a new state.
Since our state is generic it is necessary to delegate the creation of each state property to the reducerProvider parameter.

An AppReducer for the previously defined AppState should look like that:

let appReducer = { (reducerProvider: ReducerProvider, action: Action, currentState: AppState) -> AppState in
    let state = AppState(
        userState: reducerProvider.reduce(action,currentState.userState),
        todoListState: reducerProvider.reduce(action,currentState.todoListState),
        imprintState : reducerProvider.reduce(action,currentState.imprintState)
    return reducerProvider.reduce(action,state)


Createing an redux app is simple

let appState: AppState = AppState( ... create your state here ...)
let factory = ReduxAppFactory()
let app: ReduxApp<AppState> = factory.makeApplication(initialState: appState, appReducer: appReducer)

Changing state

The current state in an app using VISPER-Redux
is stored in a central Store
instance, which lives in a convinience wrapper object of type Redux.
State change can only be achieved by dispatching an action (a simple message object) at the ActionDispatcher,
and creating a modified new state in a Reducer (A reduce-function or an instance of type FunctionalReducer,ActionReducerType
or AsyncActionReducerType).

A reduce-function has the following form (where ActionType and StateType are generic types of type Action and Any):

(_ provider: ReducerProvider,_ action: ActionType, _ state: StateType) -> StateType

the reduce-function/reducer will be applied to all actions of type ActionType and to all states of type StateType.
A reducer can be added to your redux architecture by adding it to the reducer container.

// add a reduce function
// add a action reducer instance

An action is just an simple object conforming to the empty protocol Action, for example:

struct SetUsernameAction: Action {
    var newUsername: String

let action = SetUsernameAction(newUsername: "Max Mustermann")


Reducers specify how the application’s state changes in response to actions sent to the store. Remember that actions only describe what happened, but don’t describe how the application’s state changes.
A reducer in VISPER swift could be a reduce-function, or an instance of type FunctionalReducer,ActionReducerType
or AsyncActionReducerType.


A reduce funtion is just a simple function getting a provider, an action and an state, and returning a new state of the same type.

let reduceFunction = { (provider: ReducerProvider, action: SetUsernameAction, state: UserState) -> UserState in
    return UserState(userName: action.newUsername,
                        isAuthenticated: state.isAuthenticated)

A functional reducer is quite similar, just a reducer taking a reduce function and using it to reduce a state.

let functionalReducer = FunctionalReducer(reduceFunction: reduceFunction)

An action type reducer is a class of type ActionReducerType which contains a reduce function for a specific action and state type.

struct SetUsernameReducer: ActionReducerType {

    typealias ReducerStateType  = UserState
    typealias ReducerActionType = SetUsernameAction

    func reduce(provider: ReducerProvider,
                  action: SetUsernameAction,
                   state: UserState) -> UserState {
         return UserState(userName: action.newUsername,
                    isAuthenticated: state.isAuthenticated)
let reducer = SetUsernameReducer()

An async reducer is an reducer of AsyncActionReducerType which does not return a new state, but calls a completion with a new state.

struct SetUsernameReducer: AsyncActionReducer {

    typealias ReducerStateType  = UserState
    typealias ReducerActionType = SetUsernameAction

    let currentState: ObserveableProperty<UserState>

    func reduce(provider: ReducerProvider,
                  action: SetUsernameAction,
              completion: @escaping (_ newState: UserState) -> Void) {
         let newState =  UserState(userName: action.newUsername,
                            isAuthenticated: self.currentState.value.isAuthenticated)

let reducer = SetUsernameReducer(currentState:{ $0.userState })


You can use a LogicFeature to add some reducers to your app.

import VISPER_Redux

class ExampleLogicFeature: LogicFeature {

     func injectReducers(container: ReducerContainer) {
        let reducer = SetUsernameReducer()
        container.addReducer(reducer: incrementReducer)


let logicFeature = ExampleLogicFeature()
app.add(feature: let logicFeature)

Observing state change

Observing state change ist simple. Just observe the state of your app:

//get your reference bag to retain subscription
let referenceBag: SubscriptionReferenceBag = self.referenceBag

//subscribe to the state
let subscription = app.state.subscribe { appState in
    print("New username is:(appState.userState.userName)")                                   

//retain subscription in your reference bag
referenceBag.addReference(reference: subscription)

VISPER-Redux contains a ObservableProperty to represent the changing AppState.
ObservableProperty allows you to subscribe for state changes, and can be mapped to a RxSwift-Observable.
It is implemented in the VISPER-Reactive Component.

Latest podspec

    "name": "VISPER-Swift",
    "version": "3.1.2",
    "summary": "VISPER is a framework for building component based apps with the viper architecture",
    "description": "VISPER is a framework for building component based apps with the viper architecture in swift.",
    "homepage": "",
    "license": {
        "type": "MIT",
        "file": "LICENSE"
    "authors": {
        "Jan Bartel": "[email protected]"
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "VISPER-Swift-3.1.2"
    "social_media_url": "",
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "8.0"
    "dependencies": {
        "VISPER-Core": [
            "~> 3.0.1"
        "VISPER-Objc": [
            "~> 3.0.0"
        "VISPER-Presenter": [
            "~> 3.0.0"
        "VISPER-Wireframe": [
            "~> 3.1.3"
        "VISPER-Redux": [
            "~> 3.0.3"
        "VISPER-Entity": [
            "~> 3.0.0"
    "source_files": "VISPER-Swift/Classes/**/*.swift"

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