Latest 2.0.1
License MIT
Platforms ios 11.0
Frameworks XCTest


PDFDrawingView is a lightweight PDF Viewer that has built in functionality for drawing.

How to Use:

  1. Create a PDF Document using PDFKit.
  2. Import using CocoaPods or download from here.

    • For CocoaPods, here is an example PodFile
      # Uncomment the next line to define a global platform for your project
      platform :ios, '11.0'
      source ""
      target 'YOUR_TARGET_ID' do
      # Comment the next line if you're not using Swift and don't want to use dynamic frameworks

    Pods for drawSecure

    pod ‘DrawingPDF’

  3. Use the constructor method.
    let pdfDrawer = PDFDrawingView(frame: backgroundView.bounds, document: documentPDF, style: .vertical, delegate: self) //Creates an instance of the view with the PDF being displayed vertically

    It is that simple.

A sample project is included to show how to use the PDFDrawingView.


  1. Normal Drawing
  2. Highlighting
  3. Erasing
  4. Adding text boxes and being able to move and resize them.
  5. Moving different lines and zooming with the lasso tool.
  6. Apple Pencil compatible, with force changing the lines being drawn
  7. The PDF can be displayed either vertically or horizontally.
  8. Making a new PDF with the drawing on it.

Ways to choose the tool to use

  • There is a struct which has all of the options.
    public struct DrawingKeys{
        public static let draw = "draw"
        public static let scroll = "scroll"
        public static let highlight = "highlight"
        public static let text = "text"
        public static let erase = "erase"
        public static let lasso = "lasso"
  • Here is how to tell the view what to do
    pdfDrawer.drawingKey = PDFDrawingView.DrawingKeys.draw //Will have the view draw
  • To change the color of drawing and highlighting, do the following:
    pdfDrawer.drawingColor = //Changes the drawing color to red
    pdfDrawer.highlightColor = UIColor.yellow //Changes the highlight color to yellow

    How to decide the display of the PDF

  • There is an enum that has the options
    public enum DrawingStyle {
    case vertical
    case horizontal
  • Pass in the style into the constructor.
  • It displays the PDF vertically by default if you do not give it a value

    How to create a new PDF with the drawing

  • There is a method in PDFDrawingView that will return the data for the PDF
    let pdfData = self.pdfDrawer.createPDF()
  • If you then want to save it locally, use the built-in method for PDFDocuments

    let updatedDocument = PDFDocument(data: pdfData)
    updatedDocument?.write(to: "SAMPLE_PATH")

    Implement the delegate protocol for more information about the PDFDrawingView

    The delegate tells you when:

    1. The page has changed
    2. The view was created
      extension DrawViewController: PDFDelegate{
      func scrolled(to page: Int) {
      self.currentPageNumber = page

    func viewWasCreated() {

Latest podspec

    "name": "DrawingPDF",
    "version": "2.0.1",
    "summary": "A lightweight Swift PDFViewer that has built in drawing functionality.",
    "description": "This PDFViewer takes a PDFDocument and gives you an efficient and easy way to draw on it. It allows you to draw, highlight, erase, add text, and use a lasso tool to move all lines",
    "homepage": "",
    "license": "MIT",
    "authors": {
        "jrosen081": "[email protected]"
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "11.0"
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "2.0.1"
    "source_files": [
    "frameworks": "XCTest",
    "swift_version": "4.2"

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