RNSwipeViewController Save

Swipe in view controllers from off-screen similar to Check the Weather.

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Seemlessly integrate beautifully functional view controllers into your app that are accessible with just the swipe of a finger. Inspiration for this project came from David Smith and his gorgeous app Check The Weather.

iPad support added along with example on 11/8/12.

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Check out the Demo Excuse the graphics glitches.


Drag the included RNSwipeViewController folder into your project. Then, include the following frameworks under Link Binary With Libraries:

  • QuartzCore.framework

That's it.


In the provided example, I have a swipe controller setup via Storyboards. However, you should be able to create your controllers with NIBs or plain code. Using the swipe controller is similar to using a UINavigationController in that RNSwipeViewController is a container of child view controllers. All interaction logic is controlled with the swipe controller. All of your app's logic should be contained in your child view controllers.

I would also recommend subclassing RNSwipeViewController like I've done in the example. However, you shouldn't have to.

Create view controllers as you deem necessary and assign them to the swipe controller's respective sides. RNSwipeViewController will handle enabling/disabling of gestures for you.

self.centerViewController = [self.storyboard instantiateViewControllerWithIdentifier:@"centerViewController"];
self.leftViewController = [self.storyboard instantiateViewControllerWithIdentifier:@"leftViewController"];
self.rightViewController = [self.storyboard instantiateViewControllerWithIdentifier:@"rightViewController"];
self.bottomViewController = [self.storyboard instantiateViewControllerWithIdentifier:@"bottomViewController"];

With minimal effort, your views are now setup.

Setup in Code

If you want to avoid Storyboards (I don't blame you), you can setup everything in code. Here is an example from the AppDelegate of a app of mine.

- (BOOL)application:(UIApplication *)application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:(NSDictionary *)launchOptions {    
    // PTMasterController is a subclass of RNSwipeViewController
    PTMasterController *masterController = [[PTMasterController alloc] init];
    PTSchemeController *scheme = [[PTSchemeController alloc] init];
    PTUtilityController *utility = [[PTUtilityController alloc] init];
    PTWritingController *writing = [[PTWritingController alloc] init];
    masterController.centerViewController = writing;
    masterController.rightViewController = utility;
    masterController.leftViewController = scheme;
    masterController.leftVisibleWidth = kGridSize + 3 * kPadding;
    masterController.rightVisibleWidth = kGridSize * 2 + 3 * kPadding;
    self.window = [[UIWindow alloc] initWithFrame:[[UIScreen mainScreen] bounds]];
    self.window.rootViewController = masterController;
    self.window.backgroundColor = [UIColor underPageBackgroundColor];
    [self.window makeKeyAndVisible];
    return YES;


Expect decent performance on the iPhone 4 or later. However on newer devices (4S+) you should expect 60fps.


You can customize the width of each view controller's panel at run-time. Make sure the views in your view controllers are prepared to be smaller than your device's width/height.

@property (assign, nonatomic) CGFloat leftVisibleWidth;     // default 200
@property (assign, nonatomic) CGFloat rightVisibleWidth;    // default 200
@property (assign, nonatomic) CGFloat bottomVisibleHeight;  // default 300

Categories (optional)

You can also include the helpful UIViewController+RNSwipeViewController category to make finding and using the swipe controller easier. Just import the .h/.m files into your controller and call the swipeController property.

@implementation YourViewController

- (IBAction)toggleLeft:(id)sender {
    [self.swipeController showRight];


Delegation, Notification, and KVO

I've included some helpers in case you need to know when and what view controllers are showing (or hiding). Take a look at the documentation for help with the delegate. Below I've listed the available NSNotificationCenter keys.

NSString * const RNSwipeViewControllerLeftWillAppear;
NSString * const RNSwipeViewControllerLeftDidAppear;
NSString * const RNSwipeViewControllerRightWillAppear;
NSString * const RNSwipeViewControllerRightDidAppear;
NSString * const RNSwipeViewControllerBottomWillAppear;
NSString * const RNSwipeViewControllerBottomDidAppear;
NSString * const RNSwipeViewControllerCenterWillAppear;
NSString * const RNSwipeViewControllerCenterDidAppear;

The only real KVO-purposed property in here is isToggled. If there is a need for more options I'll add them.

Percent Protocol

New Feature

Your left, right, and bottom view controllers can optionally conform to the RNRevealViewControllerProtocol protocol in order to receive updates on how far the view controller is presented. The percent is an integer 0 to 100. The only method this protocol uses is:

- (void)changedPercentReveal:(NSInteger)percent;

The example updates views in the left and right controller.


If you're interested in what your swipe controller looks like presently, you can ask the visibleState property what is showing. The possibilities are


Or, if you need to access the presented view controller directly, you can do so.

UIViewController *visibleController = self.swipeController.visibleController;


If you've used this project in a live app, please let me know! Nothing makes me happier than seeing someone else take my work and go wild with it.




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