How to add Facebook and Twitter sharing to an iOS app

Screen shot - Share on Facebook and Twitter

In iOS 6 and above, you can just use UIActivityViewController to allow the user to share on Facebook or Twitter. And, in fact, UIActivityViewController allows you to share or send data to several other services, like Mail, Messages, the Camera Roll, Reading List, Flickr, Vimeo, AirDrop, and more.

To use UIActivityViewController, you just need to pass some data to it (like text, a URL, or an image), then present the view controller. Here’s an example with all three:

So in the first three lines, we’re just creating the text string, URL, and image. Then we create an instance of UIActivityViewController, passing it our text, URL, and image. And then we present it.

If you want to exclude certain sharing activities – for example, if you only want the user to be able to share on Facebook and Twitter, you can do that with the excludedActivityTypes property on UIActivityViewController:

And that’s it!

If you want to see the full sample code for this in a working app, it’s on GitHub. And if you want to learn more about UIActivityViewController, check out the docs – scroll to the bottom to see all the activity types you can use.

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