Download File From a Remote URL in Swift.

With this short Swift code example, I am going to share with you how to download a large file from a remote URL. It could be an image file, video file, or even a ZIP archive of a large size.

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The Swift code example below will cover the following:

  • Create a destination URL,
  • Create URL to the source file you want to download,
  • Use URLSession to download a file from a remote URL,
  • Copy downloaded file from a temporary URL to a destination URL on the device,
  • Handle file download SUCCESS and ERROR situations.

Download File From a Remote URL. Code Example in Swift 3.

import UIKit
class ViewController: UIViewController  {
override func viewDidLoad() {
override func viewWillAppear(_ animated: Bool) {
    // Create destination URL 
    let documentsUrl:URL =  FileManager.default.urls(for: .documentDirectory, in: .userDomainMask).first!
    let destinationFileUrl = documentsUrl.appendingPathComponent("downloadedFile.jpg")
    //Create URL to the source file you want to download
    let fileURL = URL(string: "")
    let sessionConfig = URLSessionConfiguration.default
    let session = URLSession(configuration: sessionConfig)
    let request = URLRequest(url:fileURL!)
    let task = session.downloadTask(with: request) { (tempLocalUrl, response, error) in
        if let tempLocalUrl = tempLocalUrl, error == nil {
            // Success
            if let statusCode = (response as? HTTPURLResponse)?.statusCode {
                print("Successfully downloaded. Status code: \(statusCode)")
            do {
                try FileManager.default.copyItem(at: tempLocalUrl, to: destinationFileUrl)
            } catch (let writeError) {
                print("Error creating a file \(destinationFileUrl) : \(writeError)")
        } else {
            print("Error took place while downloading a file. Error description: %@", error?.localizedDescription);

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