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UNMAINTAINED: I'm not actively maintaining this project anymore. PRs are welcome and so is anyone interested in taking it over.

Alloy Drawer Widget Appcelerator Titanium Appcelerator Alloy

This is a widget for the Alloy MVC framework of Appcelerator's Titanium platform.

It wraps the NappDrawer module by Mads Møller, which provides a sliding side menu as introduced by Facebook. For Android-only it can also use DrawerLayout, now maintained by Manuel Lehner.

Usage gitTio

  1. Install the NappDrawer module for Android and/or iOS via gitTio:

    gittio install dk.napp.drawer -g -p [ios|android]

  2. Optionally, install the DrawerLayout module by downlading the latest ZIP file to the root of your project.

  3. Install this widget via gitTio:

    gittio install nl.fokkezb.drawer

    gitTio will automatically install the NappDrawer module it depends on.

  4. In your app/views/index.xml use it like this:

        <Widget id="drawer" src="nl.fokkezb.drawer">
            <Window module="xp.ui" role="leftWindow">
                <Label>I am left</Label>
            <NavigationWindow platform="ios" role="centerWindow">
                        <Button onClick="toggle">Left</Button>
                    <Label>I am center</Label>
                        <Button onClick="toggle">Right</Button>
            <View platform="android" role="centerWindow">
                <Label>I am center</Label>
            <Window module="xp.ui" role="rightWindow">
                <Label>I am right</Label>

    NOTE: You can use <Require> or <Widget> within the widget, just make sure you set the role attribute on the view of the required view and not on the require-tag itself.

  5. In your app/styles/index.tss use it like this:

    "#drawer": {
    	openDrawerGestureMode: "OPEN_MODE_ALL",
    	closeDrawerGestureMode: "CLOSE_MODE_MARGIN",
    	leftDrawerWidth: 200,
    	rightDrawerWidth: 200,
    	// use DrawerLayout for Android
    	drawerLayout: true
    "Window": {
    	backgroundColor: 'white'

    Any NappDrawer or DrawerLayout constants can be passed as strings.

  6. In your app/controllers/index.js use it like this:

    function toggle(e) {
    	var fn = 'toggle' + e.source.title + 'Window';

    Any NappDrawer or DrawerLayout property or method can be get, set or called via the widget, but you can also access the module and instance directly via $.drawer.module and $.drawer.instance.

    I've added cross compatibility methods and properties so you can use both the NappDrawer and DrawerLayout API. The DrawerLayout is wrapped in a window for which you can pass params via the window property and access the instance from $.window.


Close mode (NappDrawer)

For Android, always use CLOSE_MODE_MARGIN if the left/right window needs to be interacted with.

Views instead of Windows

For Android, both modules require to receive views instead of windows. You can use the platform attribute to add conditional elements like the examples does for the centerView. An easier way to do this is to add a module="xp.ui" attribute to the <Window> elements and have a file in app/lib/xp.ui.js which has:

exports.createWindow = function(args) {
	return Ti.UI[OS_IOS ? 'createWindow' : 'createView'](args);

open/close Left/Right Window

For your convenience, the widget exposes 4 additional methods to ONLY open or close either the left or right window. The NappDrawer module only provides toggle Left/Right Window and is Left/Right WindowOpen methods, which of course can be combined to get the same result. DrawerLayout has built-in support for these methods.

The repository

The repository contains two branches. This master branch contains the widget. The other test branch has a complete Titanium Alloy demo/test project.


  • 1.1.3: Remove NPM support, align versions
  • 1.1.2: Fixes #55
  • 1.1.1: Made distributable via NPM
  • 1.1.0: Added DrawerLayout support.
  • 1.0.1: Passing through event binding to the drawer instance.


Copyright 2014-2015 Fokke Zandbergen

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[UNMAINTAINED] An Alloy widget wrapping the NappDrawer module for Facebook-like sliding side menus.



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