MTAnimatedLabel is a UILabel subclass that supports animated text similar to the iPhone/iPad lock screen.
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This codebase implements MTAnimatedLabel, a UILabel subclass that supports animation like the iPhone lock screen.


Copyright (c) 2012 Michael Turner. All rights reserved.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

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Automatic Reference Counting (ARC)

The source code in this repository uses Automatic Reference Counting.

Required Frameworks

MTAnimatedLabel requires the following frameworks:




A UILabel subclass that uses CATextLayer & CAGradientLayer to accomplish an iPhone lock screen like animation.

So how do I use it?

Just as you would use any other UILabel, either from a nib or in code.

MTAnimatedLabel *label = [[MTAnimatedLabel alloc] initWithFrome:CGRectMake(0,0,100,35)];
label.text = @"slide to unlock";
[self.view addSubview:label];
[label startAnimating]; //begins animation

//call animate again to stop the animation
[label stopAnimating];

It's is also possible to change the gradient tint, animation duration, and gradient width.

Performance Considerations

MTAnimatedLabel uses a CATextLayer to mask a CAGradientLayer which requires off screen rendering. Due to this MTAnimatedLabel should only be used when animation is required.


MTAnimatedLabel does not currently respect the following UILabel properties:

1. lineBreakMode
2. shadows on text are not currently working
3. baselineAdjustment
4. highlighting
5. autosizeTextToFit
6. numberOfLines

If you feel like jumping in on some of these please feel free!