Create UIBarButtonItem Programmatically

In this Swift code example, you will learn how to:

  • Create UIBarButtonItem programmatically,
  • How to set right side bar button item(rightBarButtonItem),
  • How to set left side bar button item(leftBarButtonItem),
  • How to set target action on UIBarButtonItem to call a custom function when the button is tapped.

Below is a very simple code example in Swift that demonstrates how to create the UIBarButtonItem programmatically.

import UIKit
class ViewController: UIViewController {
    override func viewDidLoad() {
        let rightBarButton = UIBarButtonItem(title: "Done", style: UIBarButtonItem.Style.plain, target: self, action: #selector(self.myRightSideBarButtonItemTapped(_:)))
        self.navigationItem.rightBarButtonItem = rightBarButton
        let leftBarButton = UIBarButtonItem(title: "Edit", style: UIBarButtonItem.Style.done, target: self, action: #selector(self.myLeftSideBarButtonItemTapped(_:)))
        self.navigationItem.leftBarButtonItem = leftBarButton
    @objc func myRightSideBarButtonItemTapped(_ sender:UIBarButtonItem!)
    @objc func myLeftSideBarButtonItemTapped(_ sender:UIBarButtonItem!)
    override func didReceiveMemoryWarning() {

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