Latest 0.1
License MIT
Platforms ios 7.0, requires ARC


SPInteractivePopNavigationController is navigation controller with an interactive transition which tries to mimic the default behavior of iOS 7.

SPInteractivePopNavigationController example


On iOS 7, if you want a custom back button for your navigation controller, you must forget about the nice and out-of-the-box interactive gesture to pop the current view controller. There is a workaround to circumvent this:

self.navigationController.interactivePopGestureRecognizer.delegate = (id<UIGestureRecognizerDelegate>)self;

However, this may lead to some weird behavior of your app, including glitches and random crashes.

Therefore, the only way I found to preserve the original behavior while having custom back buttons is writing your own transition.


  • Works with custom back buttons.
  • Works with navigation bar title text custom attributes.
  • Transitions properly between view controllers with the navigation bar visible and invisible.


  • It requires that you apply some attributes to the navigation bar title text.
  • It doesn’t work with custom title views (yet…).

Install SPInteractivePopNavigationController

  1. Using CocoaPods

    Add SPInteractivePopNavigationController to your Podfile:

    platform :ios, "7.0"
    pod 'SPInteractivePopNavigationController'

    Run the following command:

    pod install
  2. Manually

    Clone the project or add it as a submodule. Drag the whole SPInteractivePopNavigationController folder to your project.

    Then, you can simply do:

    #import "SPInteractivePopNavigationController.h"

Usage of SPInteractivePopNavigationController

The easy way

Just use the SPInteractivePopNavigationController (directly or inheriting it) as your navigation controller:

SPMyViewController *myViewController = [[SPMyViewController alloc] init];

SPInteractivePopNavigationController *navigationController = [[SPInteractivePopNavigationController alloc] initWithRootViewController:myViewController];

The flexible way

You don’t want to use SPInteractivePopNavigationController in your code? Don’t worry, it’s still easy: just wire SPPopAnimationController and SPHorizontalSwipeInteractionController with your navigation controller and view controllers. An example of this wiring can be found in the class SPInteractivePopNavigationController.


SPInteractivePopNavigationController was created by Sergio Padrino: @sergiou87, based on VCTransitionsLibrary.


If you want to contribute to the project just follow this steps:

  1. Fork the repository.
  2. Clone your fork to your local machine.
  3. Create your feature branch.
  4. Commit your changes, push to your fork and submit a pull request.

Apps using SPInteractivePopNavigationController


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

Latest podspec

    "name": "SPInteractivePopNavigationController",
    "version": "0.1",
    "license": "MIT",
    "summary": "Navigation controller with custom interactive pop gesture that mimics the original, allowing to have custom back button.",
    "screenshots": "",
    "homepage": "",
    "authors": {
        "Sergio Padrino": "[email protected]"
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "0.1"
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "7.0"
    "source_files": "SPInteractivePopNavigationController",
    "requires_arc": true

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