Latest 0.6.0
License MIT
Platforms ios 11.0

Build Status

A wrapper around the NSLayoutAnchor system, driven by the following set of design goals / trade-offs:

  • Ease of expression should be proportional to frequency of use. In other words: constraining a view to its superview’s edges should be trivial, and indeed it is: view.anchor()

  • Intuitiveness at the point of use. Constraining a view’s top to the bottom of another view should probably be expressed as: view.anchor(.top, to: .bottom, of: anotherView), and indeed it is.

    • Trade-off: autocompletion will be of limited use, as the anchor method is heavily overloaded.
  • Chainability to promote a little more declarative layout code. Constraining a view at its declaration point should be as easy as let view = UIView().anchoring(.width, to: 100), and indeed it is.

  • Be a little pro-active with the view hierarchy. When constraining anchors to match another view, such as this: UIActivityIndicatorView().anchor(.centerX, .centerY, to: view), it could be assumed that the receiver, if it is without superview, should be added as subview to the other view, and indeed it is.
    • Trade-off: it’s a pretty severe side effect, but it makes sense, since creating (activated) constraints between two views with no common ancestor constitutes a programmer error anyway.


Matching attributes

…to superview

// All edges

// Some edges
view.anchor(.top, .left, .right)

// To safe area
view.anchor(to: .safeArea)

// With insets
view.anchor(with: UIEdgeInsets(top: 10, left: 20, bottom: 10, right: 20))

// Save constraint for later use
let constraint = view.anchor(.top)

// Inactive constraint
let constraint = view.anchor(.top, isActive: false)

// Prioritized like a complete refactoring in your backlog
view.anchor(.top, priority: .defaultLow)

…to other view

// All edges
view.anchor(to: otherView)

// Some edges
view.anchor(.top, .left, .right, to: otherView)

// To safe area
view.anchor(to: .safeArea, of: otherView)

// With insets
view.anchor(to: otherView, with: UIEdgeInsets(top: 10, left: 20, bottom: 10, right: 20))

// Save constraint for later use
let constraint = view.anchor(.top, to: otherView)

// Inactive constraint
let constraint = view.anchor(.top, to: otherView, isActive: false)

// With priority
view.anchor(.top, to: otherView, priority: .defaultLow)


view.anchor(.width, to: 100)
view.anchor(.height, to: 100)
// or simply
view.anchor(.size, to: 100)


// Top to bottom of other view
view.anchor(.top, to: .bottom, of: otherView)

// Left greater than or equal to right of other view
view.anchor(.left, .greaterThanOrEqual, to: .right, of: otherView)


iOS 11

XCode 10

Swift 4.2



To integrate AnchorChain to your XCode project using CocoaPods,
add the following to your Podfile:

pod 'AnchorChain'


AnchorChain is available under the MIT license. See the LICENSE file for more info.

Latest podspec

    "name": "AnchorChain",
    "version": "0.6.0",
    "summary": "A fluent API for constraint-based iOS layout.",
    "homepage": "",
    "license": {
        "type": "MIT",
        "file": "LICENSE"
    "authors": {
        "Andru00e9 Gillfrost": "[email protected]"
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "0.6.0"
    "swift_version": "4.2",
    "source_files": "AnchorChain/Classes/**/*",
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "11.0"

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