hfossli hfossli - 1 year ago 416
iOS Question

Use Key Value Observing to get a KVO callback on a UIView's frame

I want to watch for changes in a

property. How can I use Key-Value Observing to achieve this?

Answer Source

There are usually notifications or other observable events where KVO isn't supported. Even though the docs says 'no', it is ostensibly safe to observe the CALayer backing the UIView. Observing the CALayer works in practice because of its extensive use of KVO and proper accessors (instead of ivar manipulation). It's not guaranteed to work going forward.

Anyway, the view's frame is just the product of other properties. Therefore we need to observe those:

[self.view addObserver:self forKeyPath:@"frame" options:0 context:NULL];
[self.view.layer addObserver:self forKeyPath:@"bounds" options:0 context:NULL];
[self.view.layer addObserver:self forKeyPath:@"transform" options:0 context:NULL];
[self.view.layer addObserver:self forKeyPath:@"position" options:0 context:NULL];
[self.view.layer addObserver:self forKeyPath:@"zPosition" options:0 context:NULL];
[self.view.layer addObserver:self forKeyPath:@"anchorPoint" options:0 context:NULL];
[self.view.layer addObserver:self forKeyPath:@"anchorPointZ" options:0 context:NULL];
[self.view.layer addObserver:self forKeyPath:@"frame" options:0 context:NULL];

See full example here https://gist.github.com/hfossli/7234623

NOTE: This is not said to be supported in the docs, but it works as of today with all iOS versions this far (currently iOS 2 -> iOS 9)

In ReactiveCocoa you can do

[[RACSignal merge:@[
  RACObserve(view, frame),
  RACObserve(view, layer.bounds),
  RACObserve(view, layer.transform),
  RACObserve(view, layer.position),
  RACObserve(view, layer.zPosition),
  RACObserve(view, layer.anchorPoint),
  RACObserve(view, layer.anchorPointZ),
  RACObserve(view, layer.frame),
  ]] subscribeNext:^(id ignore) {
    NSLog(@"View changed its geometry");
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