Dynamic blur background view with tint color (UIVisualEffectView subclass) 📱


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VisualEffectView is a blur effect library with tint color support. This library uses the UIVisualEffectView to generate the blur.

Demo GIF

Demo Video

$ pod try VisualEffectView


  • iOS 9.0+
  • Xcode 9.0+
  • Swift 5 (VisualEffectView 4.x), Swift 4 (VisualEffectView 3.x), Swift 3 (VisualEffectView 2.x), Swift 2 (VisualEffectView 1.x)


Add an instance of VisualEffectView to your view.

import VisualEffectView

let visualEffectView = VisualEffectView(frame: CGRect(x: 0, y: 0, width: 320, height: 480))

// Configure the view with tint color, blur radius, etc
visualEffectView.colorTint = .redColor()
visualEffectView.colorTintAlpha = 0.2
visualEffectView.blurRadius = 10
visualEffectView.scale = 1


Depending on the desired effect, the effect may affect content layered behind the view or content added to the visual effect view’s contentView. After you add the visual effect view to the view hierarchy, add any subviews to the contentView property of the visual effect view. Do not add subviews directly to the visual effect view itself. Refer to the UIVisualEffectView for more info.

For more examples, take a look at the example project.


var colorTint: UIColor // tint color. default is nil
var colorTintAlpha: CGFloat // tint color alpha. default is 0
var blurRadius: CGFloat // blur radius. default is 0
var scale: CGFloat // scale factor. default is 1

If you want colorTintAlpha to be different from 0, make sure you always set it right after setting the colorTint or it may not be applied as expected. You also have to make sure you don't set colorTintAlpha if colorTint is nil.

Storyboard Support

Works great with storyboards and xibs.



To install with CocoaPods, simply add this in your Podfile:

pod "VisualEffectView"


To install with Carthage, simply add this in your Cartfile:

github "efremidze/VisualEffectView"


  1. Download and drop VisualEffectView.swift in your project.
  2. Congratulations!


  • If you found a bug, open an issue.
  • If you have a feature request, open an issue.
  • If you want to contribute, submit a pull request.


VisualEffectView utilizes a private UIKit API to do its magic. Use caution, submitting this code to the App Store adds the risk of being rejected!



VisualEffectView is available under the MIT license. See the LICENSE file for more info.


  • Swift Tools 5.0.0
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Last updated: Tue Jun 06 2023 23:42:35 GMT-0500 (GMT-05:00)