Latest 0.0.2
License MIT
Platforms ios 5.0, requires ARC

A UIScrollView subclass that allows paged horizontal swiping with a re-use mechansim similar to UITableView.

Originally developed in a time period where UICollectionView wasn’t 100% feasible yet, TOPagerView is a view to streamline rendering fullscreen ‘pages’ of content in a horizontal layout, similar to the slideshow view in

It is built on the same architectural principles as UITableView, where a pool of page views are continually recycled via a delegate object as pages scroll on and off the screen.

In this day and age, it’s definitely recommended to use UICollectionView instead of custom classes like this one, but there may still be cases where this sort of view might have value.


  • Displays child views as full-screen pages that can be swiped left or right.
  • The ascending page direction can be changed from left-to-right, to right-to-left as needed.
  • Header and Footer accessory views can also be added as needed.
  • Provides APIs to randomly jump to specific page numbers.
  • The automatic page turning animation can be cancelled in response to user events to allow extremely fast navigation.


iOS 7.0 and above



Drag the folder TOPagerView into your Xcode project. Make sure Copy Items if Needed is checked to ensure a copy is imported into your Xcode project folder properly.


CocoaPods is a dependency manager that makes it simple to import and manage third party libraries in your projects.

Add the following to your Podfile:

pod 'TOPageView'


TOPagerView behaves very similarly to UITableView. You can pre-register classes, or create new instances on demand.

You add TOPagerView to a view controller like most other views:

    self.pagerView = [[TOPagerView alloc] initWithFrame:self.view.bounds];
    self.pagerView.scrollView.delegate = self; // The internal scroll view delegate can be publicly accessed if needed
    self.pagerView.dataSource  = self;
    self.pagerView.delegate    = self;
    [self.view addSubview:self.pagerView];

By default, displaying content is extremely straightforward. It’s not even necessary to subclass UIView:

- (NSInteger)numberOfPagesInPagerView:(TOPagerView *)pageScrollView
    return 8;

- (UIView *)pagerView:(TOPagerView *)pagerView pageViewForIndex:(NSInteger)pageIndex
    UIView *view = [pagerView dequeueReusablePageView];
    if (view == nil) {
        view = [[UIView alloc] init];
        view.backgroundColor = [UIColor whiteColor];

    // Configure the view further

    return view;

If you want to display separate types of views in a single pager view, you can optionally add a string identifier in order to distinguish page views:

@interface MyView : UIView<TOPagerViewPageProtocol>

@implmentation MyView

+ (NSString *)pageIdentifier
   return @"MyViewIdentifier";


// ---

@implementation MyViewController

- (UIView *)pagerView:(TOPagerView *)pagerView pageViewForIndex:(NSInteger)pageIndex
    MyView *view = (MyView *)[pagerView dequeueReusablePageViewForIdentifier:[MyView pageIdentifier]];
    if (view == nil) {
        view = [[MyView alloc] init];
        view.backgroundColor = [UIColor whiteColor];

    // Configure the view further

    return view;


Why Build This?

I started writing this library in 2013 (On my 27th birthday apparently!) as a replacement for the pager view I originally wrote in 2011 for iComics.

I wrote the original pager during the era of iOS 5, before UICollectionView was announced in 2012. I was still VERY new to iOS development in that time, and as such, the architecture of the original pager is ‘not great’. Functional, but definitely not subscribing to the proper MVC architectural model.

In 2013, I was still gung-ho on supporting the original iPad (running iOS 5) so I wanted to avoid using UICollectionView as much possible. As such, I wrote this library as an eventual replacement, greatly cleaning up the design in the process.

It’s now 2017, and we’ve long since reached the point where the original iPad and its immediate successors are long dead, and rolling your own UIScrollView subclass instead of taking advantage of UICollectionView is extremely questionable.

As such, I’m releasing this code more as an educational piece, more than something that should be used in production, but you’re more than welcome to use it in your apps if you wish! :)


This library is licensed under the MIT license. Please see LICENSE for more details.


TOPagerView was created by Tim Oliver as a component for iComics.

iPhone 5c device mockup by Pixeden. analytics

Latest podspec

    "name": "TOPagerView",
    "version": "0.0.2",
    "license": {
        "type": "MIT",
        "file": "LICENSE"
    "summary": "A UIScrollView subclass that allows paged horizontal swiping with a re-use mechansim similar to UITableView.",
    "homepage": "",
    "authors": "Tim Oliver",
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "0.0.2"
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "5.0"
    "source_files": "TOPagerView/**/*.{h,m}",
    "requires_arc": true

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