Latest 1.2.0
License MIT
Platforms ios 7.0, requires ARC

TSAnimatedRootViewSwitcheroo is a simple container controller for your UIWindow‘s rootViewController that lets you transition from one root controller to another.

TSAnimatedRootViewSwitcheroo helps you manage your app’s root controllers. It’s very common to have several slices in your application. For example:

  • Normal day-to-day app use (UITabBarController with UINavigationControllers on each tab)
  • Intro (UIPageViewController)
  • Logged out (perhaps UINavigationController with a title)
  • Upgrading DB (plain UIViewController)
  • Network down (another plain UIViewController)

TSAnimatedRootViewSwitcheroo helps your app transition smoothly between these very different structures using the iOS 7 UIViewControllerAnimatedTransitioning Protocol, including animation libraries like VCTransitionsLibrary.


First, grab it with Cocoapods:

pod 'TSAnimatedRootViewSwitcheroo', '~> 1.0.0'

Now let’s assume we have a singleton class which creates our separate root controller, with a simple interface like this:

@interface AppRoots : NSObject

// Normal use
+ (UITabBarController *)appRoot;

// Other uses
+ (UIPageViewController *)introRoot;
+ (UINavigationController *)loggedOutRoot;
+ (UIViewController *)upgradingDBRoot;
+ (UIViewController *)networkDownRoot;


Then we can easily add our TSAnimatedRootViewSwitcheroo to help transition from one to another.

@implementation AppDelegate

- (BOOL)application:(UIApplication *)application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:(NSDictionary *)launchOptions
    UIViewController *root = nil;

    if (/* logged in */) {
        root = [AppRoots appRoot];
    } else {
        root = [AppRoots introRoot];

    self.window = [[UIWindow alloc] initWithFrame:[[UIScreen mainScreen] bounds]];
    self.window.rootViewController = [TSAnimatedRootViewSwitcheroo switcherooWithRoot:root andDelegate:self];
    [self.window makeKeyAndVisible];

    return YES;

- (void)signOut {
  // Do some stuff
  [TSAnimatedRootViewSwitcheroo useRoot:[AppRoots loggedOutRoot] direction:TSSwitcherooAnimationDirectionReverse];

- (void)signIn {
  // Do some stuff
  [TSAnimatedRootViewSwitcheroo useRoot:[AppRoots appRoot] direction:TSSwitcherooAnimationDirectionForward];

- (id<UIViewControllerAnimatedTransitioning>)switcheroo:(TSAnimatedRootViewSwitcheroo *)switcheroo
                                            fromViewController:(UIViewController *)fromViewController
                                              toViewController:(UIViewController *)toViewController {

    // Let's use some awesome transitions from the VCTransitionsLibrary
    CEReversibleAnimationController *animator = [CENatGeoAnimationController new];
    animator.reverse = (direction == TSSwitcherooAnimationDirectionReverse);
    return animator;

    // If we want a Cube animation for login/logout, but a Flip animation for UpgradeDB => app
    // then we'd check the fromViewController/toViewController pairs and return the right animation.

    // Return nil for no animation.


The main thing is that the TSAnimatedRootViewSwitcheroo is used as your window’s rootViewController, and then you can change the root controller as needed by calling + useRoot:direction:.

Lastly, you have full control over which animation is used to transition between your stacks, including custom animations you create.

Because this is a UIViewController that implements the custom container controller methods, you can do quite a bit more with it. The code’s evolution is will always prefer to stick with switching between root controllers as the primary use case.

Latest podspec

    "name": "TSAnimatedRootViewSwitcheroo",
    "version": "1.2.0",
    "summary": "A simple container controller to animate transitions to change UIWindow.rootViewController.",
    "homepage": "",
    "license": "MIT",
    "authors": {
        "Tim Shadel": "[email protected]"
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "7.0"
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "1.2.0"
    "source_files": "TSAnimatedRootViewSwitcheroo.[mh]",
    "public_header_files": "TSAnimatedRootViewSwitcheroo.h",
    "requires_arc": true

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