Latest 1.0.0
License MIT
Platforms ios 12.0, requires ARC
Dependencies Shimmer
Frameworks AVFoundation

MessageToolbar is an elegant drop-in message toolbar for your chat modules (or anything that uses message toolbars !).

MessageToolbar supports receiving the following inputs from users:

  • Text Input
  • Image Input
  • Voice Input (With an animation that looks kinda like whatsapp !)

In short, it exposes certain protocol methods which delivers the data input from your users with zero effort.

If you end up using MessageToolbar in production, I’d love to hear from you. You can reach me through email


Component Preview Send Messages Message Sent Photo Sent Voice Record
preview send_message message_sent message_sent voice_record



To integrate MessageToolbar into your Xcode project using CocoaPods, specify it in your Podfile:

target '<Your Target Name>' do
  pod 'MessageToolbar', '~> 1.0.0'

Then, run the following command:

$ pod install

Without CocoaPods

Copy the MessageToolbar/ directory to your project and install all dependencies.


Drag and drop an UIView object into your view controller and set its class and module to MessageToolbar.


Note: MessageToolbar does not require explicit height you can safely ignore the height error at storyboard it’ll be resolved at runtime (Does anyone still use storyboards at this point anyway?)

Or just instantiate it in the code directly.


Unforutantely MessageToolbar does not support Interface Builder properties (Yet !) but it will be included in future versions. However there are few attributes you can customize in code directly

Supported Attributes

Attribute Description Default value
pickImageButton The image for the image picker button An image that comes bundled with the pod
recordVoiceButtonImage The image for the voice recorder button An image that comes bundled with the pod
disabledSendButtonImage The image for the send button when there’s no user input An image that comes bundled with the pod
enabledSendButtonImage The image for the send button when the user writes something in the textview An image that comes bundled with the pod
micIconImage The image that will be fading in / out during voice recording An image that comes bundled with the pod
enablePhotoPicking Whether the message toolbar should enable or disable photo picking feature true
enableVoiceRecord Whether the message toolbar should enable or disable voice recording feature true
voiceRecordDuration The duration desired for the voice recorder (in seconds). 10.0
setBackgroundColor Sets the container view background color UIColor(red: 250/255, green: 250/255, blue: 250/255, alpha: 1.0)

Delegate Conformance

Once you have created your MessageToolbar whether it’s in storyboard or programmatically
Just set MessageToolbar’s delegate to self

messageToolbar.delegate = self

You have to conform to MessageToolbarDelegate which comes with handy-dandy methods and gives you full control over the user input.

@objc public protocol MessageToolbarDelegate: class {

    @objc optional func didFinish(picking image: UIImage)
    @objc optional func didDenyPhotoLibraryPermission()
    @objc optional func didCancelPhotoPicking()

    @objc optional func didFinish(recording voice: Data)
    @objc optional func didFailToRecord()
    @objc optional func didDenyMicPermission()
    @objc optional func didCancelRecord()

    func didSend(message: String)

You can conform to whatever suits you since it’s an optional protocol. (No polluted classes with unused protocol methods, Yay!).

Required Permissions

In order for MessageToolbar to behave correctly it requires two permissions

  • NSMicrophoneUsageDescription
  • NSPhotoLibraryUsageDescription

I could have added them internally but I left it out so you can customize your own messages

Note: If you don’t supply these permissions your application will simple crash upon performing anything sensitive I.E accessing user’s gallery / trying to record microphone so feel free to ask the user for permissions whenever you want to just before using MessageToolbar

Example project

  • Clone the repo using git clone
  • Navigate to Example folder
  • Run pod install
  • Open MessageToolbarExample.xcworkspace
  • Hit Command + R to run the demo


  • iOS 10.0+
  • Xcode 10.1+
  • Swift 4.2+

About MessageToolbar

MessageToolbar was built by me -Obviously..-, Initially I just wanted to encapuslate all of this logic into a framework for future usage since the code was going to be reused a lot. And I figured why the heck not ? So I decided to deliver it via Cocoapods for everyone to use (Because boilerplate code is boring am I right ?)

Also MessageToolbar is built completely in code, no Xibs / no Storyboards. It’s highly flexible and can be customized easily with minimum effort.


Please, don’t hesitate to file an
if you have questions.


MessageToolbar depends mainly on two things

The awesome GrowingTextView from Kenneth Tsang
The Shimmer pod from Facebook

Everything else was built from scratch natively and using Swift’s Modern APIs


MessageToolbar is released under the MIT license. See LICENSE for details.

Latest podspec

    "name": "MessageToolbar",
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "12.0"
    "summary": "MessageToolbar is an elegant drop-in message toolbar for your chat modules.",
    "requires_arc": true,
    "version": "1.0.0",
    "license": {
        "type": "MIT",
        "file": "LICENSE"
    "authors": {
        "Tarek Sabry": "[email protected]"
    "homepage": "",
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "1.0.0"
    "frameworks": "AVFoundation",
    "dependencies": {
        "Shimmer": [
            "~> 1.0.2"
    "source_files": "MessageToolbar/**/*.swift",
    "swift_version": "4.2",
    "resource_bundles": {
        "MessageToolbar": [

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