Black background on transparent UITabBar

I am trying to make a blurred background the UITabBar for my UITabViewController, and the idea is to have it be blurred and transparent so that the views underneath can be seen scrolling by.

Unfortunately I cannot for the life of me get the tab bar to be transparent. No matter what I do, there is always some black background to the tab bar that prevents the underlying view controllers from showing through.

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    alpha 0.3 tab bar

    How can this be?

    In the custom tab bar’s view did load I have:

    self.tabBar.translucent = true
    self.tabBar.alpha = 0.3
    self.tabBar.backgroundColor = UIColor.clearColor().colorWithAlphaComponent(0.0)
    self.tabBar.layer.backgroundColor = UIColor.clearColor().colorWithAlphaComponent(0.0).CGColor
    self.tabBar.backgroundImage = nil
    self.tabBar.shadowImage = nil

    and in the AppDelegate I have:

    UITabBar.appearance().barTintColor = UIColor.clearColor()
    UITabBar.appearance().tintColor = kColorAccent
    UITabBar.appearance().translucent = true
    UITabBar.appearance().translucent = true
    UITabBar.appearance().backgroundColor = UIColor.clearColor()
    UITabBar.appearance().backgroundImage = nil
    UITabBar.appearance().layer.backgroundColor = UIColor.clearColor().CGColor
    UITabBar.appearance().shadowImage = nil

    …yeah It’s excessive but I want to try everything.

    Any ideas on what to do?

    2 Solutions Collect From Internet About “Black background on transparent UITabBar”

    Make a UITabBar transparent

    Assign a clear image to its backgroundImage. You can use a 1×1 clear.png, or create one programmatically:

    self.backgroundImage = UIImage.imageWithColor(UIColor.clearColor())

    This will make the UITabBar transparent:


    Add a blur effect

    Insert a UIVisualEffectView as the rearmost subview.

    let frost = UIVisualEffectView(effect: UIBlurEffect(style: .Light))
    frost.frame = self.bounds
    self.insertSubview(frost, atIndex: 0)

    This will insert a UIBlurEffect (frost):



    Frosty toolbar

    1. Set the Custom Class for the UITabBar of the Tab Bar Controller to FrostyTabBar.
    2. You have a few options to supply a clearColor image. You can create a clear.png image with an alpha of 0. A programmatic elegant solution is described here.
    3. If using a clear.png, assign it to the Background Image in the Attribute Inspector:
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    4. In Interface Builder, pick Style: Default & Translucent.
    5. Once you take control of the background blur with a UIVisualEffectView, you can in turn supply any UIVisualEffect you so desire.

    The entire FrostyTabBar class looks like this:

    import UIKit
    class FrostyTabBar: UITabBar {
        required init?(coder aDecoder: NSCoder) {
            super.init(coder: aDecoder)
            let frost = UIVisualEffectView(effect: UIBlurEffect(style: .light))
            frost.frame = bounds
            frost.autoresizingMask = .flexibleWidth
            insertSubview(frost, at: 0)

    ► Find this solution on GitHub and additional details including a 1×1 clear.png on Swift Recipes.

    I found a prefect solution, you only need to subclass UITabBar and then do the following actions to clean that annoying views

    class MainTabBar: UITabBar {
        var cleanDone = false
        override func layoutSubviews() {
        func deleteUnusedViews() {
            if !self.cleanDone {
                var removeCount = 0
                for (_, eachView) in (self.subviews.enumerate()) {
                    if NSStringFromClass(eachView.classForCoder).rangeOfString("_UITabBarBackgroundView") != nil {
                        removeCount += 1
                    if NSStringFromClass(eachView.classForCoder).rangeOfString("UIImageView") != nil {
                        removeCount += 1
                    if removeCount == 2 {
                        self.cleanDone = true