iOS GIF Search Engine


iOS application for searching and sharing GIFs with your friends thru iMessage, Twitter, Facebook and Email.

Team & Time:

This application was built in 7 days as a final project for Mobile Makers iOS Academy in Chicago September 2013.

The team were two (2) iOS developers.

Key Features:

  • Search GIFs powered by the top source for the newest and best GIFs (GIPHY.COM)
  • Share GIFs to Facebook, Twitter, Text or Email.
  • Discover trending GIFs around the world.
  • Save your favorite GIFs for later.

Search GIFs


Share to Facebook, Twitter, Text or Email


Discover Worldwide Trends


Save to Favorites



  • Xcode
  • Objective-C
  • Giphy API

Social Sharing

Social sharing in the iOS GIF engine was possible using SLComposeViewController. We wanted the user to be able to share a GIF without leaving the app. SLComposeViewController presents a view inside the application so the user can create the post in the following implemented platforms:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Text message
  • Email

GIFs and Caching

The following diagram was designed to explain the caching implementation in the project and how it made it faster to render GIFs for a better user experience.

NSURL Protocol Cache Policy Request Diagram (HTTP & HTTPS)