Objective-c – Getting Image from URL Objective C


I'm trying to get an image from an URL and it doesn't seem to be working for me. Can someone point me in the right direction?

Here is my code:

NSURL *url = [NSURL URLWithString:@"http://myurl/mypic.jpg"];

NSString *newIMAGE = [[NSString alloc] initWithContentsOfURL:url
                                       encoding:NSUTF8StringEncoding error:nil];

cell.image = [UIImage imageNamed:newIMAGE];

When I debug the newIMAGE string is nil so something isn't working there.

Best Solution

What you want is to get the image data, then initialize a UIImage using that data:

NSData * imageData = [[NSData alloc] initWithContentsOfURL: [NSURL URLWithString: @"http://myurl/mypic.jpg"]];
cell.image = [UIImage imageWithData: imageData];
[imageData release];

As requested, here's an asynchronous version:

dispatch_async(dispatch_get_global_queue(0,0), ^{
    NSData * data = [[NSData alloc] initWithContentsOfURL: [NSURL URLWithString: @"http://myurl/mypic.jpg"]];
    if ( data == nil )
    dispatch_async(dispatch_get_main_queue(), ^{
        // WARNING: is the cell still using the same data by this point??
        cell.image = [UIImage imageWithData: data];
    [data release];