How programmatically add Fab (Floating Action Button) Button to iPhone, iPad and Mac (Catalyst) App

When Google released Material Design Guidelines they introduced many new design elements and one of them was Fab Button i.e. Floating Action Button

Normally we see the Fab button in Android Mobile Apps but a lot of Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac App Developers has started using the Fab button in their design.

Here we will see how to add the Fab button programmatically in your iOS, iPadOS and macOS app on any view including UICollectionView or UITableView.

Step 01: First declare the UIButton variable in your View Controller

var fabButton = UIButton()

Step 02: Add this code to viewDidLoad()

override func viewDidLoad() {
self.fabButton = UIButton(type: .custom)
self.fabButton.addTarget(self, action: #selector(self.addDataFabButton(_:)), for: UIControl.Event.touchUpInside)

Step 03: Add this function to your View Controller that will get called by the code that we added in viewDidLoad()

@IBAction func addDataFabButton(_ sender: UIButton){
print("Fab Button Clicked")
// Write your code here

Step 04: Now add this code in your viewWillLayoutSubviews() to display the Fab button in your app

override func viewWillLayoutSubviews() {
fabButton.layer.cornerRadius = 30
fabButton.backgroundColor =
fabButton.clipsToBounds = true
let symbolConfig = UIImage.SymbolConfiguration(pointSize: 30.0, weight: .regular, scale: .medium)
let symbol = UIImage(systemName: "plus", withConfiguration: symbolConfig)?.withTintColor(.white, renderingMode: .alwaysOriginal)
fabButton.setImage(symbol, for: .normal)
fabButton.translatesAutoresizingMaskIntoConstraints = false
fabButton.bottomAnchor.constraint(equalTo: self.view.bottomAnchor, constant: -20),
fabButton.rightAnchor.constraint(equalTo: self.view.rightAnchor, constant: -20),
fabButton.widthAnchor.constraint(equalToConstant: 60),
fabButton.heightAnchor.constraint(equalToConstant: 60)

I hope this blog post helps you to code the Fab button in your iPhone, iPad and Mac app.

Reference: I referred to this post from Stack overflow for an answer

Thanks & Regards
Mandar Apte

Published by Mandar Apte

Mandar is a Mumbai-based multi-disciplinary designer with UX/UI, Logo, Symbol, and Brand Identity design expertise. He currently runs his Mudrkashar Linguistic Apple iPhone, iPad, and Mac app business in the heart of Mumbai city.

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