SMCalloutView 2.1.5

SMCalloutView 2.1.5

LangLanguage Obj-CObjective C
License Apache 2
ReleasedLast Release Feb 2016

Maintained by Nick Farina.

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  • Nick Farina


SMCalloutView aims to be an exact replica of the private UICalloutView system control.

We all love those "bubbles" you get when clicking pins in MKMapView. But sadly, it's impossible to present this bubble-style "Callout" UI anywhere outside MKMapView. Phooey! So this class painstakingly recreates this handy control for your pleasure.


To use SMCalloutView in your own projects, simply copy the files SMCalloutView.h and SMCalloutView.m.

SMCalloutView, by default, will render in the new style introduced with iOS 7. If you need the old style, simply include SMClassicCalloutView.h and SMClassicCalloutView.m in your project as well. There is a special class constructor, +[SMCalloutView platformCalloutView] which will automatically select the appropriate callout class for the current platform.

The comments in SMCalloutView.h do a lot of explaining on how to use the class, but the main function you'll need is presentCalloutFromRect:. You'll specify the view you'd like to add the callout to, as well as the rect defining the "target" that the popup should point at. The target rect should be in the coordinate system of the target view (just like the similarly- named UIPopover method). Most likely this will be target.frame if you're adding the callout view as a sibling of the target view, or it would be target.bounds if you're adding the callout view to the target itself.

You can study the included project's UIViewController subclasses for a working example.


How do I change the height of the callout?

If you use only the title/titleView/subtitle/subtitleView properties, the callout will always be the "system standard" height. If you assign the contentView property however, then the callout will size to fit the contentView and the other properties are ignored.

Can I customize the background graphics?

Yes, the callout background is an instance of SMCalloutBackgroundView. You can set your own custom View subclass to be the background, or you can use one of the built-in subclasses:

  • SMCalloutMaskedBackgroundView renders an iOS-7 style background.

  • SMCalloutImageBackgroundView lets you specify each of the image "fragments" that make up a horizontally-stretchable background.

  • SMCalloutDrawnBackgroundView draws the background at any size using CoreGraphics methods. You can copy the -drawRect method and change the parameters to suit your needs.

Can I use the callout with the Google Maps iOS SDK?

Check out ryanmaxwell's demo project for an example of one way to do this. (More discussion on this topic)

Have you recreated more of MapKit?

Nope, but other intrepid coders have!

  • For an awesome replacement of the pulsing blue "Current Location" dot, check out Sam Vermette's SVPulsingAnnotationView.

  • And for the outdoor map data and tiles themselves, check out Mapbox's iOS SDK, a complete open-source solution for custom maps. They even use SMCalloutView out of the box!

More Info

You can read more info if you wish in the blog post.