How can create a share sheet/view with SwiftUI for iOS 13 ?

How can create a new "Share View" ( now called "Share sheet" ? ) for iOS 13 ?

In the new features of the iOS 13, we saw how the look (and possibly the way) with which we can share with other applications has changed.

As I read in this article : iOS 13: The Ars Technica review

I want to be able to display this menu with all the share options available in my SwiftUI app:

So, even easier, how can I simply share a link - a text - to another App with Swift 5 using SwiftUI?

What is the new way proposed ? What is the code that I have to write in my View to display this menu of options?

Thank you.

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It works in much the same way as in UIKit, but you'll have to use

to make the view appear.

What you need is the

, which means you'll have to create a SwiftUI
view for that. In this case it's fairly straightforward, since you're not modifying the content or maintaining any state, you're effectively wrapping the initializer. This version works for me:

struct ShareSheet: UIViewControllerRepresentable {
    typealias Callback = (_ activityType: UIActivity.ActivityType?, _ completed: Bool, _ returnedItems: [Any]?, _ error: Error?) -> Void
    let activityItems: [Any]
    let applicationActivities: [UIActivity]? = nil
    let excludedActivityTypes: [UIActivity.ActivityType]? = nil
    let callback: Callback? = nil
    func makeUIViewController(context: Context) -> UIActivityViewController {
        let controller = UIActivityViewController(
            activityItems: activityItems,
            applicationActivities: applicationActivities)
        controller.excludedActivityTypes = excludedActivityTypes
        controller.completionWithItemsHandler = callback
        return controller
    func updateUIViewController(_ uiViewController: UIActivityViewController, context: Context) {
        // nothing to do here

In your other view, you want this to appear modally, so you use the

method to do so, along with an
state variable, like so:

struct ContentView: View {
    @State private var showShareSheet = false
    var body: some View {
        VStack(spacing: 20) {
            Text("Hello World")
            Button(action: {
                self.showShareSheet = true
            }) {
                Text("Share Me").bold()
        .sheet(isPresented: $showShareSheet) {
            ShareSheet(activityItems: ["Hello World"])

One inconvenience is that it always appears full-size for me, and I'm not sure if there's something I'm supposed to do to get the half-covered appearance that occurs in most apps.

Hope this helps. I've posted a sample project on Github here:

@JimCovey - this is great.

Code seems to work great on beta 5, any iPhone device but seems to crash on iPadOS. Wondering if you/anyone else is seeing the same issue?
@Jim Dovey Thank you :-) - saved my day

Actually, thinking about it, maybe the half-screen effect is enabled purely for apps not linked against iOS 13. I know that UIKit does a bunch of these sorts of checks, to keep older behavior for apps built against older SDKs.

In Photos it's full screen, because Photos includes a lot of content (specifically the option to swipe through a list of your images to select them). Inside other apps without the preview section (I tested in Reeder 3, I think Maps—a couple, anyway), it appears half-height by default, and an upward swipe will bring it to fill the screen. The choice seems to be based on the presence of the custom preview/selection section, but a quick glance at the headers and the only open-source app I remembered that used it (NetNewsWire 5) showed nothing special being done. I tried altering the presentation mode, but that seemed to be ignored: it was always 'pageForm' when I checked after presentation, and changing it in updateViewController() didn't seem to make a difference.

It's on my list of bug reports to file now. That list's getting quite long, but happily it seems that ScrollView no longer disables multi-line Text() in its contents, so that's my chief concern out of the way 😉

@Jim Dovey Thank you very much for your detailed, complete, understandable and complete answer!

As I now see your code above, implementation in SwiftUI is similar, but as a new user, - unfortunately - I had not fully understood it and had trouble with it as I had not found it anywhere in any documentation or third party example.

I didn't know how to create (override) a SwiftUI UIViewControllerRepresentable view for that.

Personally I don't mind that the (share) sheet view opens across the screen, because now I think that's the way it is in iOS 13.

I am wrong ? In the past, it was different, but I think it now opens up to full screen.

After all, "share view" is not a built-in function common to all apps and ready to use it?

I suppose it should be a standard code supported by Apple and apply to all apps. Because this is how I imagine it should be.

But thanks to you, my question has been completely resolved and I believe you will help many more people!

Really your code works perfectly for me just like I expected, I think, and I should!

Your help is incredible! Your help is incredible! Even more you upload a sample xcode project to github! I have no words!

Thanks so much for your help and detailed information!