Code Quality Rank: L4
Programming language: Objective-C
License: MIT License
Tags: UI     Table View    
Latest version: v0.2.12

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Parallax, Sticky Headers, Growing image heading, done right in one UICollectionViewLayout.


Version Platform


CSStickyHeaderFlowLayout is available through CocoaPods, to install it simply add the following line to your Podfile:

pod "CSStickyHeaderFlowLayout"


CSStickyHeaderFlowLayout is also available with Carthage. Add github "CSStickyHeaderFlowLayout/CSStickyHeaderFlowLayout" to your Cartfile

Alternatively, you can just drag the files from CSStickyHeaderFlowLayout / Classes into your own project.

Usage (Swift/Code)

Documentation is coming soon. For now please open CSStickyHeaderFlowLayout.xcworkspace > SwiftDemo target.

Usage (CocoaPods/Objective-C/Storyboard)

To run the example project; clone the repo, and run pod install from the Project directory first.

1. Setting up the Sticky Section Header

Configure your collection view to use CSStickyHeaderFlowLayout. Here's an example on how you to do it in Storyboard.

Now all your section headers will get the sticky effect like table view. You can disable it with one line of code.

@property (nonatomic) BOOL disableStickyHeaders;

2. Setting up the Collection View Header

We'll be using supplementary views for our parallax header. Here's an example on how use a nib file for that purpose:

Register that nib file to your collection view controller in code:

#import "CSStickyHeaderFlowLayout.h"

- (void)viewDidLoad {

    [super viewDidLoad];

    // Locate your layout
    CSStickyHeaderFlowLayout *layout = (id)self.collectionViewLayout;
    if ([layout isKindOfClass:[CSStickyHeaderFlowLayout class]]) {
        layout.parallaxHeaderReferenceSize = CGSizeMake(320, 200);

    // Locate the nib and register it to your collection view
    UINib *headerNib = [UINib nibWithNibName:@"CSGrowHeader" bundle:nil];
    [self.collectionView registerNib:headerNib


Implement -[UICollectionViewDataSource collectionView:viewForSupplementaryElementOfKind:atIndexPath:]

- (UICollectionReusableView *)collectionView:(UICollectionView *)collectionView viewForSupplementaryElementOfKind:(NSString *)kind atIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath {

    // Check the kind if it's CSStickyHeaderParallaxHeader
    if ([kind isEqualToString:CSStickyHeaderParallaxHeader]) {

        UICollectionReusableView *cell = [collectionView dequeueReusableSupplementaryViewOfKind:kind

        return cell;

    } else if ([kind isEqualToString:UICollectionElementKindSectionHeader]) {
        // Your code to configure your section header...
    } else {
        // other custom supplementary views
    return nil;

That's it. You'll be able to get the header you wanted using the best practice.

Configuring other effects are really just the way how you setup the header cell, by combining different settings in the minimal exposed properties in CSStickyHeaderFlowLayout.h

@property (nonatomic) CGSize parallaxHeaderReferenceSize;
@property (nonatomic) CGSize parallaxHeaderMinimumReferenceSize;
@property (nonatomic) BOOL disableStickyHeaders;

Run the project examples and it'll shows you exactly how you achieve different effects.


  • 0.2.12: Add Swift 5 Demo

  • 0.2.11: Add support for carthage.

  • 0.2.10: Fixed issue because attributes were not copied and datasource might have been niled

  • 0.2.9: Remove Supplementry Header Layout Attribute to prevent crash when returning nil and while is CGSizeZero

  • 0.2.8: Fixed a visual issue when animating contentInsets #85 and crash when dragging cells #69

  • 0.2.7: Fixed scroll indicator covered by cell

  • 0.2.6: Fixing that section header being covered by cell after perform batch update

  • 0.2.5: Fixing a crash when quickly popping back to a view controller using the parallax header

  • 0.2.4: Possibly fix for a crash when parallaxHeaderReferenceSize is changed

  • 0.2.3: Enabled iPhone 6 screen sizes, reverted a patch and fixed a visual bug and content tapping bug.

  • 0.2.2: Fix 1px header and zIndex problem, thanks @m1entus and @Xyand

  • 0.2.1: Fix crash on reloadData in collection view when header is offscreen, thanks @jessesquires

  • 0.2: Added custom UICollectionViewLayoutAttributes to support more advanced example (Spotify App)

  • 0.1.1: Minor fixes for default number of sections, thanks @miwillhite

  • 0.1: Initial Release

Who's using it?

We've a wiki page for that, feel free to add your projects there!


  • Xcode 5
  • iOS 7 (I haven't really test on iOS 6 but it should work if you're using iOS 6 compatible Storyboard)


James Tang, [email protected]


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

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the CSStickyHeaderFlowLayout README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.