Latest 1.0.0
License Apache License
Platforms ios 6.0, requires ARC
Frameworks UIKit

An easy way to set custom styles to any UIResponder from the Interface Builder.


As an iOS developer, I feel very often frustrated with how difficult is to set consistent styles to my views in the Xcode Interface Builder. If you think in a UILabel, you can use the same style (font, color and size) for a set of labels in different UIViewController. If, some time later, the design changes you’ll have to change the properties of all these labels one by one, which is a tedious work. I try to solve this issue by developing MGEStyles. This library, inspired by the android styles system, simplify this task, giving you the chance of define a totally custom styles in one single place and using it all over your project, using the Inerface Builder or by code.

MGEStyles is provided in two flavours, Default and Lite. The only difference is that the default version add an inspectable attribute in the interface builder, and lite version doesn’t. For more details, please go to the applying styles section



Add the following to your Podfile:

pod 'MGEStyles'

or if you prefer the Lite flavour:

pod 'MGEStyles/Lite'

Then run $ pod install.

If you don’t have CocoaPods installed or integrated into your project, you can learn how to do so here.

Import the library by doing #import <MGEStyles/MGEStyles.h>.


Clone or donwload the project and copy the contents of the MGEStyles folder into your project. Then, you can remove the Inspectable folder if you prefer the Lite flavour.


The library works in 3 steps:

1 – You have to create the styles you need

2 – You have to register all the stlyes that you want to use in your application.

3 – Apply these styles in your UIResponder in the interface builder or with code.

Creating styles:

In this library, the styles are MGEStyle objects. Each style will have a configuration block, which will tell the library what to do with the UIResponder. For example, if you want to create a style for UILabels you would do:

MGEStyle * baseStyle = [MGEStyle styleWithConfigurationBlock:^(UILabel *responder) {
        responder.font = [UIFont boldSystemFontOfSize:16];
        responder.numberOfLines = 0;

MGEStyles allows inheritance. When a MGEStyle has a parent, the parent’s configuration block is executed before the own block. That means that a child style can overwrite some behaviours of the parent block just by setting again the needed values on its own configuration block. As an example, we can create a child for the previous style with this method:

MGEStyle * titleStyle = [MGEStyle styleWithParent:baseStyle
                                    configuration:^(UILabel *label) {
                                              label.textColor = [UIColor redColor];
                                              label.textAlignment = NSTextAlignmentCenter;

Registering Styles:

To register a style you have to use the a class called MGEStylesManager, which is a singleton. Every registered style has a key, which must be unique within the app and it is the way to identify a style. To register a style you have to call:

- (void) registerStyle:(MGEStyle *) style withKey:(NSString *) key;

For example, if we want to register the defined titleStyle we’ll do:

MGEStylesManager * manager = [MGEStylesManager sharedManager];
[manager registerStyle:titleStyle withKey:@"LabelTitleStyle"];

The styles should be registered at application launch, so application:didFinishLaunchingWithOptions: might seems a good place to do it. Anyway, in order to keep the AppDelegate as clean as possible, creating a helper class to create and register all the styles and call this class from the AppDelegate is strongly recommended.

Applying Styles:

The final step is to apply the styles. There is 2 ways to do it:

Using Interface Builder:

When you use the Default flavour, a new property appears in the attribute inspector in the interface builder. It is called Mge Style. Here you should provide the key of the registered style you want to apply:

If are using the Lite flavour or your version of Xcode doesn’t supoort IBInspectables you can achieve the same result by addign a new attribute in the User defined runtime attributes section. The name must be mgeStyle, the type must be String and the Value must be the key of your registered style:

By Code:

MGEStyles provides a category which allow apply a style to any UIResponder. If you want to apply the LabelTitleStyle to a label, you can do it by typing:

[label mge_applyRegisteredStyleWithKey:key];

You can also apply a no registered style:

MGEStyle * style = [MGEStyle styleWithConfigurationBlock:^(UIButton *button) {
        responder.numberOfLines = 0;





MGEStyles is available under the Apache License. See LICENSE.

Latest podspec

    "name": "MGEStyles",
    "version": "1.0.0",
    "summary": "An easy way to customize styles to any UIResponder from the Interface Builder",
    "description": "                       Customize the appearance and any other property of any UIResponder (views, view controllers, labels, buttons)n                       just by setting a style string in the Interface Builder.n",
    "homepage": "",
    "license": "Apache License",
    "authors": {
        "ManueGE": "[email protected]"
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "1.0.0"
    "social_media_url": "",
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "6.0"
    "requires_arc": true,
    "default_subspecs": "Default",
    "resource_bundles": {},
    "public_header_files": "MGEStyles/MGEStyles/Base/*.h",
    "frameworks": "UIKit",
    "subspecs": [
            "name": "Default",
            "source_files": [
            "name": "Lite",
            "source_files": "MGEStyles/MGEStyles/Base/*"

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