UIBarButtonItem with Image

This code example demonstrates how to:

  • Create UIBarButtonItem programmatically
  • Create UIImage programmatically
  • Add image to UIBarButtonItem
  • Add target action to UIBarButtonItem to call a local function

import UIKit

class ViewController: UIViewController {
    override func viewDidLoad() {
        // Image needs to be added to project.
        let buttonIcon = UIImage(named: "left_side")
        let leftBarButton = UIBarButtonItem(title: "Edit", style: UIBarButtonItemStyle.done, target: self, action: #selector(ViewController.myLeftSideBarButtonItemTapped(_:)))
        leftBarButton.image = buttonIcon
        self.navigationItem.leftBarButtonItem = leftBarButton
    func myLeftSideBarButtonItemTapped(_ sender:UIBarButtonItem!)
    override func didReceiveMemoryWarning() {

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