How do I remove UITabBarItem selectionImage padding?


I am setting the SelectionIndicatorImage as a stretchable image (to accommodate for various device widths) via UITabBar appearance:

UIImage *selectedImage = [[UIImage imageNamed:@"SelectedTab"] stretchableImageWithLeftCapWidth:0 topCapHeight:0]; [[UITabBar appearance] setSelectionIndicatorImage:selectedImage];

As a result I get a 2pt padding on the screen edges. I am basically trying to use selection indicator as a background for currently selected UITabBarItem.

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What would be an easy way to solve this?


If you want to use UITabBarController in your app with selection and unselection feature then you should this code

[[self.tabBarController tabBar] setBackgroundImage:[UIImage imageWithContentsOfFile:[[NSBundle mainBundle] pathForResource:@"bg_tabBar" ofType:@"png"]]]; [[self.tabBarController tabBar] setSelectionIndicatorImage:[UIImage imageWithContentsOfFile:[[NSBundle mainBundle] pathForResource:@"bg_tabItem_selected" ofType:@"png"]]]; NSArray *arrTabItems = [[self.tabBarController tabBar] items]; UITabBarItem *tabBarItem = [arrTabItems objectAtIndex:0]; [tabBarItem setFinishedSelectedImage:[UIImage imageNamed:@"img_selected.png"] withFinishedUnselectedImage:[UIImage imageNamed:@"img_unselected.png"]]; [tabBarItem setImageInsets:UIEdgeInsetsMake(5, 5, 0, 5)];


I've tried something similar. Ended up this way:

Subclass UITabBarController and add property:

@property(nonatomic, readonly) UIImageView *imageView;

Setup your image as you want:

- (void)viewDidLoad { [super viewDidLoad]; _imageView = [[UIImageView alloc] initWithImage:[UIImage imageNamed:@"tabbaritem"]]; [self.tabBar addSubview:self.imageView]; }

Place your subview in correct position:

- (void)viewDidLayoutSubviews { [super viewDidLayoutSubviews]; // get all UITabBarButton views NSMutableArray *tabViews = [NSMutableArray new]; for (UIView *view in self.tabBar.subviews) { if ([view isKindOfClass:[UIControl class]]) { [tabViews addObject:[NSValue valueWithCGRect:view.frame]]; } } // sort them from left to right NSArray *sortedArray = [tabViews sortedArrayUsingComparator:^NSComparisonResult(NSValue *firstValue, NSValue *secondValue) { CGRect firstRect = [firstValue CGRectValue]; CGRect secondRect = [secondValue CGRectValue]; return CGRectGetMinX(firstRect) > CGRectGetMinX(secondRect); }]; // place your imageView on selected index button frame CGRect frame = self.tabBar.bounds; CGSize imageSize = CGSizeMake(CGRectGetWidth(frame) / self.tabBar.items.count, self.imageView.image.size.height); CGRect selectedRect = sortedArray.count > self.selectedIndex ? [sortedArray[self.selectedIndex] CGRectValue] : CGRectZero; [self.imageView setFrame:CGRectIntegral(CGRectMake(CGRectGetMinX(selectedRect), CGRectGetMaxY(frame) - imageSize.height, CGRectGetWidth(selectedRect), imageSize.height))]; }

Then you only need to refresh layout on each tab change:

- (void)setSelectedIndex:(NSUInteger)selectedIndex { [super setSelectedIndex:selectedIndex]; [self.view setNeedsLayout]; } - (void)setSelectedViewController:(UIViewController *)selectedViewController { [super setSelectedViewController:selectedViewController]; [self.view setNeedsLayout]; } <hr />

Old answer how to remove padding (this is what I firstly understood as your question, I'm leaving it as a reference for other people).

In iOS 7+ UITabBar has following property:

/* Set the itemSpacing to a positive value to be used between tab bar items when they are positioned as a centered group. Default of 0 or values less than 0 will be interpreted as a system-defined spacing. */ @property(nonatomic) CGFloat itemSpacing NS_AVAILABLE_IOS(7_0) UI_APPEARANCE_SELECTOR;

This should enable you to get rid of padding between items.


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