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Android PagerTabStrip for iOS!

XLPagerTabStrip is a Container View Controller that allows us to switch easily among a collection of view controllers. Pan gesture can be used to move on to next or previous view controller. It shows a interactive indicator of the current, previous, next child view controllers.




Pager Types

The library provides 4 different ways to show the view controllers.

Button Bar

This is likely to be the most common pager type. It's used by many well known apps such as instagram, youtube, skype and many others.


This mode doesn't show a title neither an image. It only shows a bar that indicates the current view controller.


Long time ago twitter app made use of this type of pager in the app main screen.


This mode uses a UISegmentedControl to indicates which is the view controller being displayed.



Basically we just need to provide the list of child view controllers to show and these view controllers should provide the information (title or image) that will be shown in the associated indicator.

Let's see the steps to do this:

Choose which type of pager we want to create

First we should choose the type of pager we want to create, depending on our choice we will have to create a view controller that extends from one of the following controllers: TwitterPagerTabStripViewController, ButtonBarPagerTabStripViewController, SegmentedPagerTabStripViewController, BarPagerTabStripViewController.

All these build-in pager controllers extend from the base class PagerTabStripViewController.
You can also make your custom pager controller by extending directly from PagerTabStripViewController in case no pager menu type fits your needs.

import XLPagerTabStrip

class MyPagerTabStripName: ButtonBarPagerTabStripViewController {
Connect outlets and add layout constraints

We strongly recommend to use IB to set up our page controller views.

Drag into the storyboard a UIViewController and set up its class with your pager controller (MyPagerTabStripName).
Drag a UIScrollView into your view controller view and connect PagerTabStripViewController containerView outlet with the scroll view.

Depending on which type of paging view controller you are working with you may have to connect more outlets.

For BarPagerTabStripViewController we should connect barView outlet. barView type is UIView. ButtonBarPagerTabStripViewController requires us to connect buttonBarView outlet. buttonBarView type is ButtonBarView which extends from UICollectionView. SegmentedPagerTabStripViewController has a segmentedControl outlet, if the outlet is not connected the library try to set up the navigationItem titleView property using a UISegmentedControl. TwitterPagerTabStripViewController doesn't require us to connect any additional outlet.

The example project contains a example for each pager controller type and we can look into it to see how views were added and how outlets were connected.

Provide the view controllers that will appear embedded into the PagerTabStrip view controller

You can provide the view controllers by overriding func viewControllers(for: pagerTabStripController: PagerTabStripViewController) -> [UIViewController] method.

override public func viewControllers(for pagerTabStripController: PagerTabStripViewController) -> [UIViewController] {
  return [MyEmbeddedViewController(), MySecondEmbeddedViewController()]

The method above is the only method declared in PagerTabStripDataSource protocol. We don't need to explicitly conform to it since base pager class already does it.

Provide information to show in each indicator

Every UIViewController that will appear within the PagerTabStrip needs to provide either a title or an image.
In order to do so they should conform to IndicatorInfoProvider by implementing func indicatorInfo(for pagerTabStripController: PagerTabStripViewController) -> IndicatorInfo
which provides the information required to show the PagerTabStrip menu (indicator) associated with the view controller.

class MyEmbeddedViewController: UITableViewController, IndicatorInfoProvider {

  func indicatorInfo(for pagerTabStripController: PagerTabStripViewController) -> IndicatorInfo {
    return IndicatorInfo(title: "My Child title")

For a detailed step by step guide about how to use the library, please check out this community blog post.

That's it! We're done! ??


Pager Behaviour

The pager indicator can be updated progressive as we swipe or at once in the middle of the transition between the view controllers.
By setting up pagerBehaviour property we can choose how the indicator should be updated.

public var pagerBehaviour: PagerTabStripBehaviour
public enum PagerTabStripBehaviour {
    case Common(skipIntermediteViewControllers: Bool)
    case Progressive(skipIntermediteViewControllers: Bool, elasticIndicatorLimit: Bool)

Default Values:

// Twitter Type
PagerTabStripBehaviour.Common(skipIntermediteViewControllers: true)
// Segmented Type
PagerTabStripBehaviour.Common(skipIntermediteViewControllers: true)
// Bar Type
PagerTabStripBehaviour.Progressive(skipIntermediteViewControllers: true, elasticIndicatorLimit: true)
// ButtonBar Type
PagerTabStripBehaviour.Progressive(skipIntermediteViewControllers: true, elasticIndicatorLimit: true)`

As you might have noticed Common and Progressive enumeration cases has skipIntermediteViewControllers and elasticIndicatorLimit associated values.

skipIntermediteViewControllers allows us to skip intermediate view controllers when a tab indicator is tapped.

elasticIndicatorLimit allows us to tension the indicator when we reach a limit, I mean when we try to move forward from last indicator or move back from first indicator.

PagerTabStripDelegate & PagerTabStripIsProgressiveDelegate

Normally we don't need to implement these protocols because each pager type already conforms to it in order to properly update its indicator. Anyway there may be some scenarios when overriding a method come come in handy.

public protocol PagerTabStripDelegate: class {

    func updateIndicator(for viewController: PagerTabStripViewController, fromIndex: Int, toIndex: Int)

public protocol PagerTabStripIsProgressiveDelegate : PagerTabStripDelegate {

    func updateIndicator(for viewController: PagerTabStripViewController, fromIndex: Int, toIndex: Int, withProgressPercentage progressPercentage: CGFloat, indexWasChanged: Bool)

Again, The method invoked by the library depends on the pagerBehaviour value.

ButtonBar Customization

settings.style.buttonBarBackgroundColor: UIColor?
// buttonBar minimumInteritemSpacing value, note that button bar extends from UICollectionView
settings.style.buttonBarMinimumInteritemSpacing: CGFloat?
// buttonBar minimumLineSpacing value
settings.style.buttonBarMinimumLineSpacing: CGFloat?
// buttonBar flow layout left content inset value
settings.style.buttonBarLeftContentInset: CGFloat?
// buttonBar flow layout right content inset value
settings.style.buttonBarRightContentInset: CGFloat?

// selected bar view is created programmatically so it's important to set up the following 2 properties properly
settings.style.selectedBarBackgroundColor = UIColor.blackColor()
settings.style.selectedBarHeight: CGFloat = 5

// each buttonBar item is a UICollectionView cell of type ButtonBarViewCell
settings.style.buttonBarItemBackgroundColor: UIColor?
settings.style.buttonBarItemFont = UIFont.systemFontOfSize(18)
// helps to determine the cell width, it represent the space before and after the title label
settings.style.buttonBarItemLeftRightMargin: CGFloat = 8
settings.style.buttonBarItemTitleColor: UIColor?
// in case the barView items do not fill the screen width this property stretch the cells to fill the screen
settings.style.buttonBarItemsShouldFillAvailiableWidth = true
// only used if button bar is created programmatically and not using storyboards or nib files as recommended.
public var buttonBarHeight: CGFloat?

Important: Settings should be called before viewDidLoad is called.

override func viewDidLoad() {
   self.settings.style.selectedBarHeight = 2
   self.settings.style.selectedBarBackgroundColor = UIColor.whiteColor()

Update cells when selected indicator changes

We may need to update the indicator cell when the displayed view controller changes. The following function properties help to accomplish that. Depending on our pager pagerBehaviour value we will have to set up changeCurrentIndex or changeCurrentIndexProgressive.

public var changeCurrentIndex: ((oldCell: ButtonBarViewCell?, newCell: ButtonBarViewCell?, animated: Bool) -> Void)?
public var changeCurrentIndexProgressive: ((oldCell: ButtonBarViewCell?, newCell: ButtonBarViewCell?, progressPercentage: CGFloat, changeCurrentIndex: Bool, animated: Bool) -> Void)?

Let's see an example:

changeCurrentIndexProgressive = { (oldCell: ButtonBarViewCell?, newCell: ButtonBarViewCell?, progressPercentage: CGFloat, changeCurrentIndex: Bool, animated: Bool) -> Void in
    guard changeCurrentIndex == true else { return }

    oldCell?.label.textColor = UIColor(white: 1, alpha: 0.6)
    newCell?.label.textColor = .whiteColor()

    if animated {
        UIView.animateWithDuration(0.1, animations: { () -> Void in
            newCell?.transform = CGAffineTransformMakeScale(1.0, 1.0)
            oldCell?.transform = CGAffineTransformMakeScale(0.8, 0.8)
    else {
        newCell?.transform = CGAffineTransformMakeScale(1.0, 1.0)
        oldCell?.transform = CGAffineTransformMakeScale(0.8, 0.8)

Bar Type Customization

settings.style.barBackgroundColor: UIColor?
settings.style.selectedBarBackgroundColor: UIColor?
// barHeight is only set up when the bar is created programmatically and not using storyboards or xib files as recommended.
settings.style.barHeight: CGFloat = 5

Twitter Type Customization

settings.style.dotColor = UIColor(white: 1, alpha: 0.4)
settings.style.selectedDotColor = UIColor.whiteColor()
settings.style.portraitTitleFont = UIFont.systemFontOfSize(18)
settings.style.landscapeTitleFont = UIFont.systemFontOfSize(15)
settings.style.titleColor = UIColor.whiteColor()

Segmented Type Customization

settings.style.segmentedControlColor: UIColor?


  • iOS 8.0+
  • Xcode 8.0+