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SwiftUI view modifers and dark mode

14 Jun 2020

In SwiftUI, you can achieve most UI needs without ever explicitly checking for dark mode, thanks to semantic colours built into the platform and the ability to define our own semantic colours that automatically adapt to dark mode.

However, sometimes you might need to something explicit that the system can’t handle automatically. Maybe you want to remove a shadow from a view in dark mode, or use a different font.

Getting the current colour scheme inside a SwiftUI view is simple:

struct MyView: View {
    @Environment(\.colorScheme) var colorScheme: ColorScheme

    var body: some View {
        Text(colorScheme == .dark ? "Dark mode" : "Light mode")

You can also do this inside view modifiers, so that your view logic can stay separate from your presentation logic:

struct FontModifier: ViewModifier {
    @Environment(\.colorScheme) var colorScheme: ColorScheme

    func body(content: Content) -> some View {
        let font: Font = colorScheme == .dark ? .system(size: 20) : .custom("Marker Felt", size: 20)
      return content.font(font)

Just to reiterate the point: in most cases, you should use semantic colours and images to adapt your interfact for dark mode. This is how to do it manually for situations where that isn’t possible.