UISheetPresentationController as in the Maps application

In iOS 15, there are sheet-controllers. These are modal controllers that use a gesture to change height. You've seen these controllers in the «Maps» and «Stocks» apps.

When I was young, I made package with similar behavior on snapshots. In iOS 13 Apple introduced updated modal controllers, and with iOS 15 you can control their height:

Sheet controller with detents in the middle and at the top.
Quick Start

To show the default sheet-controller, use the code:

let controller = UIViewController()
if let sheetController = controller.sheetPresentationController {
    sheetController.detents = [.medium(), .large()]
present(controller, animated: true)

This is a regular modal controller that has been added complex behavior. You can wrap the sheet-controller into a navigation controller, add a header and bar buttons. If the project supports previous versions of iOS, wrap the code with sheetController in if #available(iOS 15.0, *) {}.


Detent - the height to which the controller aspires. Similar to situations with scroll paging or when the electron is not at its energy level.

There are two detents available:

  1. .medium() half the size of the screen
  2. .large() repeats the large modal controller.

If you leave only .medium(), the controller will open at half of the screen and will not rise higher. You can't set your own height in pixels, you choose only from the available detents. By default, the controller is shown with the .large() detent.

The available detents are indicated as follows:

sheetController.detents = [.medium(), .large()]

If you specify only one detent, you cannot switch between them with a gesture.

Switching between detents by code

To go from one detent to another, use the code:

sheetController.animateChanges {
    sheetController.selectedDetentIdentifier = .medium

It is possible to call without animation block. It is also possible to switch the detent without being able to change it, to do this, change the available detents:

sheetController.animateChanges {
    sheetController.detents = [.large()]

The controller will switch to .large()-detent and will no longer allow the gesture to switch to .medium().

Lock Dismiss

If you want to lock a controller in one detent without being able to close it, set isModalInPresentation to true for the parent. In the example, the parent is the navigation controller:

navigationController.isModalInPresentation = true
if let sheetController = nav.sheetPresentationController {
    sheetController.detents = [.medium()]
    sheetController.largestUndimmedDetentIdentifier = .medium
Sheet controller with a prohibition to close.
Content Scrolling

If .medium()-detent is active and the controller content is scrolling, the modal controller will go to .large()-detent when scrolling up and the content will stay in place.

Standard scroll on the sheet controller.

To scroll content without changing the detent, specify these parameters:

sheetController.prefersScrollingExpandsWhenScrolledToEdge = false
Scroll on a sheet controller with prefersScrollingExpandsWhenScrolledToEdge = false.

Scrolling up will now work for content scrolling.

To go to the big detent, pull the navigation bar.

Album orientation

By default, the sheet-controller in landscape orientation looks like a normal controller. The point is that .medium()-detent is not available, and .large() is the default mode of the modal controller. But you can add edge indentation.

sheetController.prefersEdgeAttachedInCompactHeight = true

This is what it looks like:

 Sheet-controller in landscape orientation with edge indentation.
Sheet-controller in landscape orientation with edge indentation.

To make the controller take the prefered size, set widthFollowsPreferredContentSizeWhenEdgeAttached to true.

Dimmed background

If the background is dimmed, the buttons behind the modal controller will not be clickable. To allow interaction with the background, you must remove the dimming. Specify the largest detent that doesn't need to be dimmed. Here's the code:

sheetController.largestUndimmedDetentIdentifier = .medium
Sheet controller with disabled dimming for the .medium stopper.

It is specified that the .medium' will not dim, but anything larger will. It is possible to remove the dimming for the largest detent as well.


To add an indicator on top of the controller, set .prefersGrabberVisible to true. By default the indicator is hidden. The indicator has no effect on safe area and layout margins.

 Grabber indicator on the sheet-controller.
Grabber indicator on the sheet-controller.
Corner Radius

You can control the edge rounding of the controller. Set a value for .preferredCornerRadius. The rounding changes not only for the presented controller, but also for the parent.

 Corner radius at the sheet-controller.
Corner radius at the sheet-controller.

In the screenshot I set the corner radius to 22. The radius remains the same for the .medium detent.