How to use “UIActionSheet” as a pop-over view in your iOS apps

How to use “UIActionSheet” as a pop-over view in your iOS apps

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What is UIActionSheet

The action sheet in iOS contains a title and one or more buttons. Each of the buttons is associated with separate actions. It can be presented from a toolbar; tab bar, button bar item or from a view, however the title can be optional.

Why use UIActionSheet?

UIActionSheet is used in the following cases:

  • To show an option for a given task
  • To prompt the user to confirm an action
  • To get user input

Action sheet is dismissed by touching anywhere outside the pop-over.

How to use it?

  • Extend the UIActionSheetDeleagte in the .h header file of the ViewController
  • Then add a method named as”showActionSheet”


[sourcecode]@interface MyViewController : UIViewController {



Initializing the UIActionSheet takes 5 following parameters

  •  initWithTitle
  • delegate
  • cancelButtonTitle
  • destructiveButtonTitle
  • otherButtonTitles

Add the following code in the .m file of viewcontroller.


[sourcecode]-(IBAction)showActionSheet:(id)sender {
UIActionSheet *popupQuery = [[UIActionSheet alloc] initWithTitle:@"Set your title" delegate:self cancelButtonTitle:@"Cancel" destructiveButtonTitle:@"Destructive Button" otherButtonTitles:@"Rename",@"Delete", nil];

popupQuery.actionSheetStyle = UIActionSheetStyleBlackOpaque;
[popupQuery showInView:self.view];
[popupQuery release];

How to know which button was clicked by user?

There is a delegate method named as “actionSheet clickedButtonAtIndex” in which you can get the action.

[sourcecode]-(void)actionSheet:(UIActionSheet *)actionSheet clickedButtonAtIndex:(NSInteger)buttonIndex {

switch (buttonIndex) {
case 0:
NSLog(@”%@”,Destructive Button Clicked);
case 1:
NSLog(@”%@”,Rename Button Clicked);
case 2:
NSLog(@”%@”,Delete Button Clicked);
case 3:
NSLog(@”%@”,Cancel Button Clicked);


UIActionSheet gives additional choices to the users for a particular action & gives a cleaner look to the app.

Meera M. Monalisa
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