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Creating Instagram-like Communities with Image Posts on iOS

Italo Orihuela
Italo Orihuela
Nov 3, 2023

In the era of social media, images play a crucial role in engaging users and fostering a sense of community. This tutorial will guide you through the process of creating Instagram-like communities using image posts on iOS. We will delve into the specifics of uploading images, creating image posts, and understanding the parameters involved in the process.

By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to seamlessly integrate image posts into your iOS applications, enhancing user interaction and engagement. So, let’s dive in and start building your own Instagram-style community!


Before we start, make sure you have the following:

  1. Basic knowledge of Swift and iOS development.
  2. Xcode installed on your Mac.
  3. An Amity Social Cloud Portal account
  4. An Amity Social Cloud Console Account
  5. A UI or access to Amity Social Cloud UI Kits

Note: If you haven’t already registered for an Amity Social Cloud account, we recommend following our comprehensive step-by-step guide in the Amity Portal to create your new network.

Step 1: Uploading Images

The first step in creating an image post is to upload the images that will be included in the post data. This is crucial to ensure that the necessary information is accessible and can be linked to the post. To upload an image, you can use the <span id="greylight" class="greylight">AmityImageData</span> object, which is the result from image uploading.

Step 2: Building the Post

Once the images are uploaded, you can start building the post using the <span id="greylight" class="greylight">AmityImagePostBuilder</span>. This builder allows you to set the text content of the post and the images to be included. The <span id="greylight" class="greylight">text</span> parameter is a required parameter of type <span id="greylight" class="greylight">String</span>, which represents the text content of the new post. You can pass in any text you want to include in the post, up to a maximum length of 20,000 characters. The <span id="greylight" class="greylight">images</span> parameter represents an array of images uploaded by the user to include in the new post. You can pass up to 10 images in a post.

Step 3: Creating the Post

After building the post, you can use the <span id="greylight" class="greylight">createImagePost</span> method in <span id="greylight" class="greylight">AmityPostRepository</span> to create the image post. This method takes the builder, targetId, targetType, metadata, and mentionees as parameters. The <span id="greylight" class="greylight">targetType</span> parameter specifies the type of the target, either a particular community or a user feed. The <span id="greylight" class="greylight">metadata</span> parameter allows you to add additional properties to support custom fields.

Here’s a code sample demonstrating how to create an image post:

Step 4: Handling Errors

It’s important to handle any errors that might occur during the post creation process. In the code sample above, we use a <span id="greylight" class="greylight">do-catch</span> statement to handle any errors that might occur when calling the <span id="greylight" class="greylight">createImagePost</span> method.

Final Thoughts

Creating Instagram-like communities with image posts on iOS is a straightforward process with Amity Social Cloud. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can enhance user interaction and engagement in your iOS applications. Remember, images play a crucial role in social media, and integrating image posts into your applications can significantly improve the user experience. If you want to explore more, feel free to contact Amity!