Using UIPageControl

While UIPageViewController comes with its own UIPageControl, its often useful to add your own, so you have greater control over its placement. Also, sometimes you don't want a full UIPageViewController, but you just want a UIScrollView with paging enabled.

Step 1: Add and configure UIScrollView

  • Add a UIScrollview to the storyboard.
  • Create an outlet from the Scroll View.
  • Add the UIScrollViewDelegate protocol to your ViewController. ScrollViewDelegate gif
  • within the viewDidLoad method, set the scroll view content size and scroll view delegate. Your content size will vary according to how big your scrollable area is.
scrollView.contentSize = CGSize(width: 960, height: 568)
scrollView.delegate = self

Step 2: Add the UIPageControl

In the Storyboard, add a UIPageControl to the view controller. Often, you will place it on top of, not inside of, the UIScrollView.

  • Add a UIPageControl to the Storyboard.
  • Create an outlet from the Page Control

Step 3: Register for scroll events

Register for the UIScrollView scroll event, for example, you can update the UIPageControl every time the UIScrollView stops moving.

func scrollViewDidEndDecelerating(_ scrollView: UIScrollView!) {
    // Get the current page based on the scroll offset
    var page : Int = Int(round(scrollView.contentOffset.x / 320))
    // Set the current page, so the dots will update
    pageControl.currentPage = page

Step 4: Customize Page Control Properties

You can configure the number of dots as well as the color of the unselected or selected dots.

Number of dots to display: You can set the number of pages for the page control to show as dots. If I had four pages, I would set...

pageControl.numberOfPages = 4

Color of current page dot:

pageControl.currentPageIndicatorTintColor =

For more details, see Registering for Scroll Events.

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