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Jinya/WaterfallLayout 0.2.0
A waterfall-like (Pinterest-style) layout for UICollectionView.
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🕓 3 days ago
iOS
.package(url: "https://github.com/Jinya/WaterfallLayout.git", from: "0.2.0")

WaterfallLayout

WaterfallLayout is a UICollectionViewLayout subclass for vertically laying out views like a waterfall, just like Pinterest app.

Preview of the Example App

Preview

Requirements

Deployment target iOS 11.0+

Installation

Swift Package Manager

  1. Xcode > File > Swift Packages > Add Package Dependency
  2. Add https://github.com/Jinya/WaterfallLayout.git
  3. Select "Up to Next Minor" from "0.2.0"

Usage

Once you've integrated the WaterfallLayout into your project, using it with a collection view is easy.

Importing WaterfallLayout

At the top of the file where you'd like to use WaterfallLayout (likely UIViewController subclass).

import WaterfallLayout

Setting up the collection view

Create your UICollectionView instance, passing in a WaterfallLayout instance for the layout parameter.

let layout = WaterfallLayout()
let collectionView = UICollectionView(frame: .zero, collectionViewLayout: layout)

Add collectionView to its superview, then properly constrain it using Auto Layout or manually set its frame property.

view.addSubview(collectionView)

collectionView.translatesAutoresizingMaskIntoConstraints = false

NSLayoutConstraint.activate([
    collectionView.leadingAnchor.constraint(equalTo: view.leadingAnchor),
    collectionView.trailingAnchor.constraint(equalTo: view.trailingAnchor),
    collectionView.topAnchor.constraint(equalTo: view.topAnchor),
    collectionView.bottomAnchor.constraint(equalTo: view.bottomAnchor),
])

Registering cells and supplementary views

Register your cell and reusable view types with your collection view.

collectionView.register(MyCustomCell.self, forCellWithReuseIdentifier: "MyCustomCellReuseIdentifier")

// Only necessary if you want section headers
collectionView.register(MyCustomHeader.self, forSupplementaryViewOfKind: UICollectionView.SupplementaryViewKind.sectionHeader, withReuseIdentifier: "MyCustomHeaderReuseIdentifier")

// Only necessary if you want section footers
collectionView.register(MyCustomFooter.self, forSupplementaryViewOfKind: UICollectionView.SupplementaryViewKind.sectionFooter, withReuseIdentifier: "MyCustomFooterReuseIdentifier")

Setting the data source

Now that you've registered your view types with your collection view, it's time to wire up the data source. Like with any collection view integration, your data source needs to conform to UICollectionViewDataSource. If the same object that owns your collection view is also your data source, you can simply do this:

collectionView.dataSource = self

Configuring the delegate

Lastly, it's time to configure the layout to suit your needs. Like with UICollectionViewFlowLayout and UICollectionViewDelegateFlowLayout, WaterfallLayout configured its layout through its UICollectionViewDelegateWaterfallLayout.

To start configuring WaterfallLayout, set your collection view's delegate property to an object conforming to UICollectionViewDelegateWaterfallLayout. If the same object that owns your collection view is also your delegate, you can simply do this:

collectionView.delegate = self

Here's an example delegate implementation:

extension ViewController: UICollectionViewDelegateWaterfallLayout {
    func collectionView(_ collectionView: UICollectionView, layout collectionViewLayout: UICollectionViewLayout, numberOfColumnsInSection section: Int) -> Int {
        // You can dynamically configure the number of columns in a section here, e.g., depending on the horizontal size of the collection view.
        return traitCollection.horizontalSizeClass == .compact ? 2 : 4
    }

    func collectionView(_ collectionView: UICollectionView, layout collectionViewLayout: UICollectionViewLayout, sizeForItemAt indexPath: IndexPath) -> CGSize {
        // Here to configure size for every cell.
    }

    func collectionView(_ collectionView: UICollectionView, layout collectionViewLayout: UICollectionViewLayout, insetForSectionAt section: Int) -> UIEdgeInsets {
        return .init(top: 10, left: 10, bottom: 10, right: 10)
    }

    func collectionView(_ collectionView: UICollectionView, layout collectionViewLayout: UICollectionViewLayout, minimumColumnSpacingForSectionAt section: Int) -> CGFloat {
        return 10
    }

    func collectionView(_ collectionView: UICollectionView, layout collectionViewLayout: UICollectionViewLayout, minimumInteritemSpacingForSectionAt section: Int) -> CGFloat {
        return 10
    }

    func collectionView(_ collectionView: UICollectionView, layout collectionViewLayout: UICollectionViewLayout, referenceSizeForHeaderInSection section: Int) -> CGSize {
        return .init(width: collectionView.bounds.width, height: 80)
    }

    func collectionView(_ collectionView: UICollectionView, layout collectionViewLayout: UICollectionViewLayout, referenceSizeForFooterInSection section: Int) -> CGSize {
        return .init(width: collectionView.bounds.width, height: 80)
    }
}

If you've followed the steps above, you should have a working UICollectionView using WaterfallLayout! If you'd like to work with a pre-made example, check out the included example project.

MIT License

WaterfallLayout released under the MIT license. See LICENSE for details.

Acknowledgement

WaterfallLayout was heavily inspired by CHTCollectionViewWaterfallLayout.

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