NEW! Master Swift design patterns with my latest book! >>

How to add a badge to your UITabBarItem

Paul Hudson       @twostraws

You can put a badge over any of your tab bar items, and doing so is a great way to encourage users to activate the tab to see what information you want to show them.

Even better, these badges can be anything you want - you can use a number if you like, but you can also use short words like “NEW” or even ASCII symbols like a star.

To try it out, add this code to any view controller that’s inside a tab bar controller:

tabBarItem.badgeValue = "NEW"

Available from iOS 2.0

Did this solution work for you? Please pass it on!

Other people are reading…

About the Swift Knowledge Base

This is part of the Swift Knowledge Base, a free, searchable collection of solutions for common iOS questions.

Go from iOS to macOS the easy way!

If you like Hacking with Swift, you'll love Hacking with macOS – learn to build macOS apps today, using 18 real-world projects!

MASTER SWIFT NOW
Buy Practical iOS 12 Buy Pro Swift Buy Swift Design Patterns Buy Practical iOS 11 Buy Swift Coding Challenges Buy Server-Side Swift (Vapor Edition) Buy Server-Side Swift (Kitura Edition) Buy Hacking with macOS Buy Advanced iOS Volume One Buy Hacking with watchOS Buy Hacking with tvOS Buy Hacking with Swift Buy Dive Into SpriteKit Buy Swift in Sixty Seconds Buy Objective-C for Swift Developers Buy Beyond Code

Was this page useful? Let me know!

Click here to visit the Hacking with Swift store >>