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tl;dr Nothing but sugar.

TinyConstraints is the syntactic sugar that makes Auto Layout sweeter for human use.


  • Pure Swift 4 sweetness.
  • Shortest possible syntax for creating layout constraints.
  • Constraints are active by default.
  • 100% compatible with Auto Layout.
  • Optionally store your constraints.
  • Set constraint priorities upon creation.
  • Constrain directly to the superview.
  • Stack views together with one line of code.
  • No need to set translatesAutoresizingMaskIntoConstraints because TinyConstraints does it for you.



Attaching a view to its superview with NSLayoutConstraint:

    view.topAnchor.constraint(equalTo: superview.topAnchor, constant: 0),
    view.leadingAnchor.constraint(equalTo: superview.leadingAnchor, constant: 0),
    view.bottomAnchor.constraint(equalTo: superview.bottomAnchor, constant: 0),
    view.trailingAnchor.constraint(equalTo: superview.trailingAnchor, constant: 0)

with TinyConstraints:

view.edges(to: superview)


view.edges(to: superview, insets: UIEdgeInsets(top: 10, left: 10, bottom: 0, right: 0))


Constraining the center of a view to its superview with NSLayoutConstraint:

    view.centerXAnchor.constraint(equalTo: superview.centerXAnchor, constant: 0)
    view.centerYAnchor.constraint(equalTo: superview.centerYAnchor, constant: 0)

with TinyConstraints:

view.center(in: superview)


view.center(in: superview, offset: CGPoint(x: 10, y: 10))

Basic Use


TinyConstraints gives you convenient and tiny typealiases for handling constraints.

  • Constraint = NSLayoutConstraint
  • Constraints = [NSLayoutConstraint]

Equal and Unequal Anchors

This constraints the top-anchor of the view to the top-anchor of the superview:

view.top(to: superview)

This constraints the top-anchor of firstView to the bottom-anchor of secondView:

firstView.topToBottom(of: secondView)

Constrain to Superview

Often you need to constrain a view to it's superview, with TinyConstraints you can do this super easy:


Or only one edge:


Or you can attach all edges except one, like this:

view.edgesToSuperview(excluding: .bottom)

Relation and Priority

For almost all constraints you can set the relation and priority properties. The default relation is .equal and the default priority is .required:

container.width(150, relation: .equalOrLess, priority: .high)

Storing Constraints

Here we create a set of inactive constraints and store these to our property:

let constraints = view.size(CGSize(width: 100, height: 100), isActive: false)

Activation and Deactivation

Besides the default NSLayoutConstraint activation, TinyConstraints also provides a way to activate a set of constraints:


You can also do this in an animation:


UIViewPropertyAnimator(duration: 1, dampingRatio: 0.4) {

Animating Constraint Constants

Here we add a height constraint to a view, store it and animate it later:

let height = view.height(100)

height.constant = 200
UIViewPropertyAnimator(duration: 1, dampingRatio: 0.4) {


Stack provides a way of constraining views together in a superview:

let views = [logo, title, description]
superview.stack(views, axis: .vertical, spacing: 10)
Find these examples and more in the Example Project.



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

pod "TinyConstraints"


TinyConstraints is available through Carthage. To install it, simply add the following line to your Cartfile:

github "roberthein/TinyConstraints"

Suggestions or feedback?

Feel free to create a pull request, open an issue or find me on Twitter.