TOSearchBar 1.0.3

TOSearchBar 1.0.3

LangLanguage Obj-CObjective C
License MIT
ReleasedLast Release Dec 2017

Maintained by Tim Oliver.

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  • Tim Oliver


TOSearchBar is a basic re-implementation of UISearchBar, Apple's UI control for performing simple text-based searches. Unlike UISearchBar, TOSearchBar has been designed to be much more easily themed, as well as provide smoother, more native feeling animations.


  • A very simple and intuitive API.
  • iOS 7 style spring animations when entering and leaving focus.
  • Uses IBDesignable to be fully visible/configurable in Interface Builder.
  • Provides default themes for both light and dark modes.
  • Every internal UI element is exposed for custom theming.
  • An extensive delegate object for dynamically controlling its behavior.
  • Dynamic images generated at runtime, and recycled amongst all instances.


TOSearchBar will work with iOS 7 and above. While written in Objective-C, it should easily import into Swift as well.

Manual Installation

Copy the contents of the TOSearchBar folder to your app project.

Why build this?

I'm building a comic reader app that uses a dark theme for a lot of its UI. While I tried very hard to make it work, I ultimately became very frustrated by UISearchBar's lack of customizability. It's not possible to change the color of its elements without a lot of hacking, and some of its animations are downright broken. A colleague reasoned that it's the most broken UI control in iOS and I'm pretty sure he's right!

As a result, I decided to build this control. It's not as fully featured as UISearchBar, but I'm sure we can add additional functionality to it as needed. :)


TOSearchBar was created by Tim Oliver as a component of iComics.

iPhone 7 Plus device mockup by Pixeden.


TOSearchBar is available under the MIT license. Please see the LICENSE file for more information