Michael Campsall Michael Campsall - 5 months ago 40x
Swift Question

How do I hide/show tabBar when tapped using Swift in iOS8

I am trying to mimic the UINavigationController's new

with a tab bar. I have seen many answers to this that either point to setting the
on a viewController which only hides it entirely and not when tapped.

@IBAction func tapped(sender: AnyObject) {

// what goes here to show/hide the tabBar ???


thanks in advance

EDIT: as per the suggestion below I tried

self.tabBarController?.tabBar.hidden = true

which does indeed hide the tabBar (toggles true/false on tap), but without animation. I will ask that as a separate question though.


After much hunting and trying out various methods to gracefully hide/show the UITabBar using Swift I was able to take this great solution by danh and convert it to Swift:

func setTabBarVisible(visible:Bool, animated:Bool) {

//* This cannot be called before viewDidLayoutSubviews(), because the frame is not set before this time

    // bail if the current state matches the desired state
    if (tabBarIsVisible() == visible) { return }

    // get a frame calculation ready
    let frame = self.tabBarController?.tabBar.frame
    let height = frame?.size.height
    let offsetY = (visible ? -height! : height)

    // zero duration means no animation
    let duration:NSTimeInterval = (animated ? 0.3 : 0.0)

    //  animate the tabBar
    if frame != nil {
        UIView.animateWithDuration(duration) {
            self.tabBarController?.tabBar.frame = CGRectOffset(frame!, 0, offsetY!)

func tabBarIsVisible() ->Bool {
    return self.tabBarController?.tabBar.frame.origin.y < CGRectGetMaxY(self.view.frame)

// Call the function from tap gesture recognizer added to your view (or button)

@IBAction func tapped(sender: AnyObject) {
    setTabBarVisible(!tabBarIsVisible(), animated: true)