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What is MRefresh and why you may find it useful?

So basically MRefresh is a pull-to-refresh with a clear separation of concerns which consits of several independent components:

  • a pull-to-refresh mechanism which adds a container view to a scrollview. This container view uses an animatable view conforming to MRefreshAnimatableViewConforming protocol. The view receives messages during each of the pull-to-refresh stages (see description below),
  • a path drawing mechanism which can read SVG paths (SVGPathManager object), convert them to UIBezierPath objects, add additional points to such paths, so the drawing would be more smooth (using De Castelaju’s Algorithm –’s_algorithm). Also you can combine many SVG paths, which may be drawn simultaneously,
  • a default implementation of the animatable view which calls SVGPathManager and asks it to provide the UIBezierPath object which will be drawn inside of animatable view’s layer

To sum up, you can:

  • take most SVG paths (though as of today arc command has not been implemented) and draw them in any combination when user pulls the scrollview,
  • provide your own custom animations to the pull-to-refresh view

So here’s a quick demo of what this library can do (we are drawing one of the FontAwesome SVG paths):

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Below see the steps needed to configure the pull-to-refresh view. Of course, if you don’t want to read the long description, you can download the example and see everything for yourself.


The library was made in a way that enables you to configure all parameters of the pull-to-refresh process.

Firstly, you need SVG path, let it be something like this (it is a path that was taken from one of the FontAwesome icons, no copyrights infringed I hope):

let path = "M1247 161q-5 154 -56 297.5t-139.5 260t-205 205t-260 139.5t-297.5 56q-14 1 -23 -9q-10 -10 -10 -23v-128q0 -13 9 -22t22 -10q204 -7 378 -111.5t278.5 -278.5t111.5 -378q1 -13 10 -22t22 -9h128q13 0 23 10q11 9 9 23"

Secondly, you need to create a svg path configuration, which provides additional parameters about how the path should be scaled:

let configuration = SVGPathConfiguration(path: svg, // path string
                                         timesSmooth: 3, // amount of points = initialSvgPoints * 2 ^ 3
                                         drawableFrame: frame) // frame to which the svg should be resized

Thirdly, you should provide timing for the path to be drawn. Such timing should be a value from 0.0 to 1.0, where 0.0 tells us that the path is drawn as soon as possible when content offset of the scroll view reaches some threshold.

Conversely, if you set it to for example 0.95 the path will start to appear when the content offset reaches somewhat near the end value (i.e. near the stage when the actionHandler is called and content inset is changed).

let configurationTime: ConfigurationTime = (time: 0.0,
                                            configuration: configuration)

To avoid any doubts, you can use many svg’s and configurations to configure complex paths as seen in the gif above:

let configurationTimes = [firstConfigurationTime, secondConfigurationTime]

Then it is time to create the SVGPathManager which will do all the hard work converting and resizing your svg’s.

let pathManager = try! SVGPathManager(configurationTimes: [secondConfigurationTime, firstConfigurationTime],
                                      shouldScaleAsFirstElement: true)

The shouldScaleAsFirstElement tells the manager that you should use the same scale for all your paths (namely the scale of the first configuration). In practice it means that when you split your path into several components which are drawn simultaneously, you obviously want to use the same scale, otherwise you wouldn’t get the expected path in the end.


When you’ve done creating the path manager it is time to create the animatable view. You can do it like so:

let pathManager = ... // see above
let frame = CGRect(origin:,
                   size: size)
let pathConfiguration = PathConfiguration(lineWidth: 1.0,
let view = MRefreshAnimatableView(frame: frame,
                                  pathManager: pathManager,
                                  pathConfiguration: pathConfiguration)

So frame is obviously the frame in which the view is drawn (actually the origin here doesn’t matter because it is calculated under the hood). And the pathConfiguration is the info we need to know to draw the UIBezierPath.


Finally, you need to provide some additional data (MRefreshConfiguration) to describe how you want the scroll view to behave:

let refreshConfiguration = MRefreshConfiguration(heightIncrease: 40.0,
                                                 animationEndDistanceOffset: 30.0,
                                                 animationStartDistance: 30.0,
                                                 contentInsetChangeAnimationDuration: 0.2)
  • heightIncrease is actually some space at the top and the bottom of the animatable view when it is drawn on screen, i.e the height of the container view (== MRefreshView) = animatableView.frame.height + heightIncrease.
  • animationStartDistance is a content offset value when the path drawing should begin.
  • animationEndDistanceOffset is a content offset value which when added to container view height constitute the threshold when the path drawing should end and the loading should begin.
  • contentInsetChangeAnimationDuration is basically what the name tells us about, i.e. animation duration of a view changing its inset from starting state to loading state and backwards (to starting state).

Adding handler to a scroll view

The very last thing is to add the animatable view, the configuration and the action handler (i.e. the closure which is called when the content offset reaches certain value) to a scroll view.

tableView.addPullToRefresh(animatable: view, // MRefreshAnimatableView
                           configuration: refreshConfiguration) { [weak self] in // MRefreshConfiguration

// when the data was loaded

Pull-to-refresh mechanism

Below see brief description of the pull-to-refresh mechanism. First of all, there is an extension to UIScrollView which enables you to add a view which conforms to a specific protocol MRefreshAnimatableViewConforming. This view will receive certain messages from the UIScrollView when users pulls it and releases it.

We can think of a pull-to-refresh as a 4 stage process.

First stage

The content offset of the scrollview hasn’t reached some starting value (startValue) when the animatable view becomes visible.

Second stage

The content offset of the scrollview has reached the starting value, and the MRefreshView (which is a container view used under the hood) tells your view to drawIndicatorView(proportion: CGFloat). The proportion will be a CGFloat value from 0 to 1 depending on whether the contentoffset has reached some other value, let’s call it the endValue.

In case of MRefreshAnimatableView which is a view conforming to MRefreshAnimatableViewConforming and is provided in the library, the proportion value will tell your view how many points in a path should be displayed on screen. Please note that you can use any view which can respond to the messages being sent to the view, not only MRefreshAnimatableView.

Third stage

The content offset of the scrollview has reached the endValue. Now:

  • the view receives the startAnimation message,
  • the scrollview’s inset is increased to fit the animatable view with some additional space (== frame of the MRefreshView(,
  • the actionHandler closure is called (e.g. some services shall start downloading something etc)

In case of MRefreshAnimatableView it calls a processingAnimationClosure(CALayer). This closure has a default implementation, though you can define your own animations on a layer.

Fourth stage

The scrollview receives stopAnimating message (you should send the message when e.g. the data/error is received upon loading). After that if user is not holding the view with his finger, the view will receive stopAnimation message. Again if we’re talking about the MRefreshAnimatableView it calls the endAnimationClosure(CALayer, completion: () -> ()). So you should either use a default implementation or you can provide your own animation on the layer and call completion when the animation is finished.

Please bear in mind the respective timing, because after user releases its finger the scrollview changes its insets to initial value.


MRefresh is available through CocoaPods. To install
it, simply add the following line to your Podfile:

pod 'MRefresh', '~> 0.1.1'


Mikhail Rakhmanov, [email protected]


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

Latest podspec

    "name": "MRefresh",
    "version": "0.1.1",
    "summary": "This pod enables you to add pull-to-refresh mechanism to your scrollviews and tableviews and use svg patterns in your refreshing views layers.",
    "homepage": "",
    "license": {
        "type": "MIT",
        "file": "LICENSE"
    "authors": {
        "Mikhail Rakhmanov": "[email protected]"
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "0.1.1"
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "8.0"
    "source_files": "MRefresh/Classes/**/*"

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