Latest 1.1.0
License MIT
Platforms ios 8.0, requires ARC

ALButtomMenu is a fast, customizable, fully documented menu solution for iOS.


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Installation is easy.


  1. pod 'ALButtonMenu' in your Podfile
  2. #import <ALButtonMenu/ALButtonMenu.h> in your view of choice


  1. Download the .zip from Github and copy ALButtonMenu/Source directory to your project
  2. #import "ALButtonMenu.h" in your view of choice

Example Usage

Refer to the demo project for an interactive example, or just take a look at the code and comments below.

//  MyRootViewController.m

// this, or whatever init method you choose to use
- (instancetype)init 
    if ((self = [super init]) == NO)
        return nil;

    // the layout that we'll use for the menu view controller
    ALMenuViewControllerLayout layout;

    // the menu items will be displayed in a grid with this many columns. however, in landscape mode, 
    // this value will be used for the number of rows instead.
    layout.columns = 2;

    // the spacing between menu items
    layout.itemSpacing = 15.f;

    // the size of the menu items
    layout.itemSize = CGSizeMake(100.f, 100.f);

    // can be an array of any number of items that inherit from ALButton or conform to the <ALMenuItem> protocol
    NSArray<UIView<ALMenuItem> *> *items = [self allMenuItems];

    // create the view model for the menu view controller
    ALMenuViewControllerViewModel *menuViewModel = [[ALMenuViewControllerViewModel alloc] initWithItems:items layout:layout];

    // tweak the default values. see ALMenuViewControllerViewModel.h for configurable properties
    menuViewModel.appearingAnimation = ALMenuViewControllerAppearingAnimationOrigin;

    // the menu view controller can be an instance of ALMenuViewController, or any class that conforms
    // to the <ALMenuViewController> protocol
    ALMenuViewController *menuViewController = [[ALMenuViewController alloc] initWithViewModel:menuViewModel];

    // an instance of your view controller class
    MyViewController *viewController = [[MyViewController alloc] init];

    // create the view model for the navigation coordinator
    ALNavigationCoordinatorViewModel *navViewModel = [[ALNavigationCoordinatorViewModel alloc] init];

    // tweak the default values. see ALNavigationCoordinatorViewModel.h for configurable properties. 
    navViewModel.buttonCanBeRepositioned = YES;

    // create the navigation coordinator with the menu view controller and your app's root view controller. the 
    // root view controller can be an instance of UIViewController or UINavigationController
    _navigationCoordinator = [[ALNavigationCoordinator alloc] initWithViewModel:navViewModel menuViewController:menuViewController rootViewController:rootViewController];

    // and be sure to assign yourself as the delegate. if you configure the navigation coordinator with a navigation
    // controller (instead of a root view controller), the coordinator will need to assign itself as that navigation 
    // controller's delegate, so you can optionally receive those delegate callbacks via this assignment. just 
    // implement the methods. 
    _navigationCoordinator.delegate = self;

    return self;

- (void)viewDidLoad
    [super viewDidLoad];

    // the navigation coordinator creates a navigation controller configured with the provided 
    // menu view controller and root view controller. we need to add that navigation controller
    // to the view heirarchy
    UIViewController *childViewController = self.navigationCoordinator.navigationController;

    // then add it as a child view controller
    [self addChildViewController:childViewController];
    [self.view addSubview:childViewController.view];
    [childViewController didMoveToParentViewController:self];

    // then notify the navigation coordinator about our viewDidLoad event
    [self.navigationCoordinator viewDidLoad];

#pragma mark - ALNavigationCoordinatorDelegate

// be sure to implement the navigation coordinator's delegate method. it will fire when an item in the menu view controller is 
// tapped. return your specific UIViewController instance for that index. 
- (UIViewController *)navigationCoordinator:(ALNavigationCoordinator *)navigationCoordinator viewControllerForMenuItemAtIndex:(NSUInteger)index
    return [[MyViewController alloc] init];

#pragma mark - Status bar

// optionally, return the menu view controller in this method to hide the status bar when the menu is shown. 
- (UIViewController *)childViewControllerForStatusBarHidden
    return self.navigationCoordinator.menuViewController;

#pragma mark - Rotation

// be sure to alert the navigation coordinator about size change events.
- (void)viewWillTransitionToSize:(CGSize)size withTransitionCoordinator:(id<UIViewControllerTransitionCoordinator>)coordinator
    [super viewWillTransitionToSize:size withTransitionCoordinator:coordinator];

    [self.navigationCoordinator viewWillTransitionToSize:size withTransitionCoordinator:coordinator];

Contact Me

You can reach me anytime at the addresses below. If you use ALButtonMenu, feel free to give me a shoutout on Twitter to let me know how you like it. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Github: lobianco
Twitter: @lobnco
Email: [email protected]

Credits & License

ALButtonMenu is developed and maintained by Anthony Lobianco (@lobnco). Licensed under the MIT License. Basically, I would appreciate attribution if you use it.


Latest podspec

    "name": "ALButtonMenu",
    "version": "1.1.0",
    "summary": "A simple, fully customizable menu solution for iOS.",
    "description": "ALButtonMenu is a customizable menu solution for iOS. Create a menu view controller (or usenthe one provided) and specify the characteristics of the shortcut button. Then tap the buttonnto quickly show and hide the menu using an animated mask transition effect.",
    "homepage": "",
    "screenshots": [
    "license": "MIT",
    "authors": {
        "Anthony Lobianco": "[email protected]"
    "social_media_url": "",
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "8.0"
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "1.1.0"
    "source_files": "Source/*.{h,m}",
    "private_header_files": "Source/*_ALPrivate.h",
    "requires_arc": true

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