Fred Collins Fred Collins - 6 months ago 26
Objective-C Question

iOS 7 BarButtonItem with image and title

I'm trying to figure out how can I achieve something like this:

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This is a toolbar and I'd like to keep the button title text without having to create the whole image with icon AND text. How can I add the icon to the left of the

while keeping the text set with:

UIBarButtonItem *customBarButtonItem = [[UIBarButtonItem alloc] initWithTitle:@"Button" style:UIBarButtonItemStyleBordered target:nil action:nil];


This is what I achieved with the following code:

UIButton *customButton = [UIButton buttonWithType:UIButtonTypeCustom];
[customButton setImage:[UIImage imageNamed:@"Test"] forState:UIControlStateNormal];
[customButton setTitle:@"Button" forState:UIControlStateNormal];
customButton.titleEdgeInsets = UIEdgeInsetsMake(0, 5, 0, 0);
[customButton sizeToFit];
UIBarButtonItem *customBarButtonItem = [[UIBarButtonItem alloc] initWithCustomView:customButton];

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Two issues here: the first is the size of the
and the second is that, as you can see from the gif, the button doesn't animate properly when I tap inside the button and when I release the tap. Any ideas?


You can embed a UIButton as a custom view inside your UIBarButtonItem. You can create your UIButton however you want, including with an image and text, using -setImage:forState: and -setTitle:forState:.

UIButton* customButton = [UIButton buttonWithType:UIButtonTypeCustom];
[customButton setImage:[UIImage imageNamed:@"image"] forState:UIControlStateNormal];
[customButton setTitle:@"Button" forState:UIControlStateNormal];
[customButton sizeToFit];
UIBarButtonItem* customBarButtonItem = [[UIBarButtonItem alloc] initWithCustomView:customButton];
self.navigationItem.leftBarButtonItem = customBarButtonItem; // or self.navigationItem.rightBarButtonItem

Note that when doing this, you'll need to attach your IBAction methods to customButton, not to customBarButtonItem.

For more info, see the documentation for initWithCustomView:.

You can also do all of this in interface builder just by dragging a UIButton to the left bar button/right bar button slot on a navigation bar.