Latest 1.0.0
License MIT
Platforms ios 9.0

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A simple extension of Apple’s layout anchors, without any complicated abstractions or inner workings.



CocoaPods is a dependency manager for Cocoa projects. For usage and installation instructions, visit their website. To integrate LayoutGrouping into your Xcode project using CocoaPods, specify it in your Podfile:

pod 'LayoutGrouping', '~> 1.0.0'


Carthage is a decentralized dependency manager that builds your dependencies and provides you with binary frameworks. To integrate LayoutGrouping into your Xcode project using Carthage, specify it in your Cartfile:

github "stuaustin/LayoutGrouping" ~> 1.0.0


Size anchors

Size anchors combine the widthAnchor and heightAnchor into one. These are used to define size relationships as if they were a single constraint

    viewA.sizeAnchor.constraints(equalTo: viewB.sizeAnchor)

You can also use relative constraints as well

    viewA.sizeAnchor.constraints(greaterThanOrEqualTo: viewB.sizeAnchor),
    viewC.sizeAnchor.constraints(lessThanOrEqualTo: viewD.sizeAnchor)

Position anchors

Position anchors combine one horizontal anchor and one vertical anchor. These allow you to define relationships between two layout items for both axes as if they were a single constraint

    viewA.centerYCenterXAnchor.constraints(equalTo: viewB.centerYCenterXAnchor),

You can also use relative constraints as well

    viewA.topLeadingAnchor.constraints(greaterThanOrEqualTo: viewB.bottomTrailingAnchor),
    viewC.centerYTrailingAnchor.constraints(lessThanOrEqualTo: viewD.topLeftAnchor)

Box anchors

Box anchors combine the top, bottom, leading, and trailing anchors. These allow you to define a layout item as being identical, contained inside, or outside of another layout item.

let viewA = UIView()
view.addSubview(viewA, useAutoLayout: true)

let viewB = UIView()
view.addSubview(viewB, useAutoLayout: true)

    viewA.boxAnchor.constraints(equalTo: viewB.boxAnchor),
    viewC.boxAnchor.constraints(insideOfOrEqualTo: viewD.boxAnchor),
    viewE.boxAnchor.constraints(outsideOfOrEqualTo: viewF.boxAnchor)

NSLayoutConstraint activate() with UILayoutPriority

LayoutGrouping allows you to simultaneously active an array of constraints (or ConstraintGroups), and specify a UILayoutPriority for those constraints. This saves you needing to store constraints in variables temporarily in order to change the priorities.

    viewA.leadingAnchor.constraint(equalTo: viewB.trailingAnchor),
    viewB.leadingAnchor.constraint(equalTo: viewC.trailingAnchor)
    ], priority: .defaultLow)

UIEdgeInset initializers

LayoutGrouping defines a complete set of UIEdgeInsets initializers, allowing you to initialize UIEdgeInset with any combination of missing insets.

let insetsBottom = UIEdgeInsets(bottom: 13)
let insetsTopRight = UIEdgeInsets(top: 10, right: 4)

    viewA.boxAnchor.constraints(insideOfOrEqualTo: view.boxAnchor, constant: UIEdgeInsets(top: 10))

UIOffset initializers

LayoutGrouping defines two additional UIOffset initializers, allowing you to specify just the vertical or just the horiziontal offset.

let offsetVertical = UIOffset(vertical: 10)

    viewA.topLeadingAnchor.constraints(equalTo: view.topLeadingAnchor, constant: UIOffset(horizontal: 20))

UIView subview additions

LayoutGrouping provides 3 new functions for adding subviews, and simultaneously specifying that you want to use AutoLayout for these subviews, instead of having to manually set translatesAutoresizingMaskIntoConstraints.

The below will add subviewA as a subview to view, and set subviewA.translatesAutoresizingMaskIntoConstraints to false

let view = UIView()
let subviewA = UIView()
view.addSubview(subviewA, useAutoLayout: true)

There is a similar function for inserting below a sibling subview:

let subviewB = UIView()
view.insertSubview(subviewB, belowSubview: subviewA, useAutoLayout: true)

And a similar function for inserting above a sibling subview:

let subviewC = UIView()
view.insertSubview(viewC, aboveSubview: subviewB, useAutoLayout: false)


This project is licensed under the MIT License – see the file for details

Latest podspec

    "name": "LayoutGrouping",
    "version": "1.0.0",
    "license": "MIT",
    "summary": "Simple extension of Apple's AutoLayout anchors functionality",
    "homepage": "",
    "authors": "Stuart Austin",
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "9.0"
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "1.0.0"
    "source_files": [
    "swift_version": "4.2"

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