How to make custom UIBarButtonItem with image and label?

I would like to make a custom UIBarButtonItem that contains both image and text, something like this:

How to make custom UIBarButtonItem with image and label?

I tried subclassing UIBarButtonItem and overriding this method:

- (UIView *)customView
    if (!self.storedView) {

        UIView *temp = [[UIView alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(0, 0, 120, 44)];
        UIImageView *tempImageView = [[UIImageView alloc] initWithImage:self.image];
        tempImageView.frame = CGRectMake(0, 0, self.image.size.width, self.image.size.height);
        UILabel *tempLabel = [[UILabel alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(44, 0, 100, 44)];
        tempLabel.text = @"text";
        [temp addSubview:tempImageView];
        [temp addSubview:tempLabel];
        self.storedView = temp;
    return self.storedView;

And I use it like this:

UIBarButtonItem *left = [[LeftItem alloc] initWithTitle:@"Settings" style:UIBarButtonItemStylePlain target:self action:@selector(settingsPressed)];
left.title = @"Settings";
left.image = [UIImage imageNamed:@"settings.png"];
self.navigationItem.leftBarButtonItem = left;

But using this I only get the image, but not label. What am I doing wrong?

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 UIButton *button =  [UIButton buttonWithType:UIButtonTypeCustom];
    [button setImage:[UIImage imageNamed:@"image.png"] forState:UIControlStateNormal];
    [button addTarget:target action:@selector(buttonAction:)forControlEvents:UIControlEventTouchUpInside];
    [button setFrame:CGRectMake(0, 0, 53, 31)];
    UILabel *label = [[UILabel alloc]initWithFrame:CGRectMake(3, 5, 50, 20)];
    [label setFont:[UIFont fontWithName:@"Arial-BoldMT" size:13]];
    [label setText:title];
    label.textAlignment = UITextAlignmentCenter;
    [label setTextColor:[UIColor whiteColor]];
    [label setBackgroundColor:[UIColor clearColor]];
    [button addSubview:label];
    UIBarButtonItem *barButton = [[UIBarButtonItem alloc] initWithCustomView:button];
    self.navigationItem.leftBarButtonItem = barButton;
UIImage *image = [UIImage imageNamed:@"icon.png"];
UIImage *backgroundSelected = [UIImage imageNamed:@"icon_selected.png"];
UIButton *button = [UIButton buttonWithType:UIButtonTypeCustom];
[button addTarget:self action:@selector(ButtonTapped:event:)forControlEvents:UIControlEventTouchUpInside]; //adding action
[button setBackgroundImage:image forState:UIControlStateNormal];
[button setBackgroundImage:backgroundSelected forState:UIControlStateSelected];
button.frame = CGRectMake(0 ,0,35,35);

then make that button as your custom barbutton

UIBarButtonItem *barButton = [[UIBarButtonItem alloc] initWithCustomView:button];
self.navigationItem.leftBarButtonItem = barButton;

You can add a custom view to the UIBarButtonItem.

In iOS7, there is a new buttonType called UIButtonTypeSystem for UIButton which serve your purpose. Try this,

    UIView* leftButtonView = [[UIView alloc]initWithFrame:CGRectMake(0, 0, 110, 50)];

    UIButton* leftButton = [UIButton buttonWithType:UIButtonTypeSystem];
    leftButton.backgroundColor = [UIColor clearColor];
    leftButton.frame = leftButtonView.frame;
    [leftButton setImage:[UIImage imageNamed:<YourImageName>] forState:UIControlStateNormal];
    [leftButton setTitle:@"YourTitle" forState:UIControlStateNormal];
    leftButton.tintColor = [UIColor redColor]; //Your desired color.
    leftButton.autoresizesSubviews = YES;
    leftButton.autoresizingMask = UIViewAutoresizingFlexibleWidth | UIViewAutoresizingFlexibleLeftMargin;
    [leftButton addTarget:self action:@selector(<YourTargetMethod>) forControlEvents:UIControlEventTouchUpInside];
    [leftButtonView addSubview:leftButton];

    UIBarButtonItem* leftBarButton = [[UIBarButtonItem alloc]initWithCustomView:leftButtonView];
    self.navigationItem.leftBarButtonItem = leftBarButton;

The problem with the accepted answer is that the UIBarButtonItem text does not change when highlighted. The code below will display text plus an image. The UIEdgeInsetsMake moves the text to the left and the image to the right.

UIButton *button =  [UIButton buttonWithType:UIButtonTypeCustom];
[button addTarget:self action:@selector(myButtonEvent:) 
[button setFrame:CGRectMake(0, 0, 53, 32)];

[button setTitle:title forState:UIControlStateNormal];
[button setTitleColor:[UIColor whiteColor] 
[button setTitleColor:[UIColor lightGrayColor] 
button.titleEdgeInsets = UIEdgeInsetsMake(-2, -20, 2, 20);
button.titleLabel.font = font;
button.titleLabel.textAlignment = NSTextAlignmentLeft;

UIImage *image = [UIImage imageNamed:@"imageName"];
[button setImage:image 
button.imageEdgeInsets = UIEdgeInsetsMake(-1, 32, 1, -32);
UIBarButtonItem *barButton = [[UIBarButtonItem alloc] initWithCustomView:button];

If your BarButtonItem is in Storyboard, you can drag another Button into BarButtonItem, so there will be a Button inside the BarButtonItem, you can add both image and label to the button.

I posted answer that handles tint colour and image simmilar to normal uibarbuttonitem here…

Another approach with NSAttributedString:

NSMutableAttributedString *attributedString = [[NSMutableAttributedString alloc] initWithString:@"Button Text"];
NSTextAttachment *textAttachment = [[NSTextAttachment alloc] init];
textAttachment.image = [UIImage imageNamed:@"buttonImage"];
textAttachment.bounds = CGRectMake(0, -3, textAttachment.image.size.width, textAttachment.image.size.height); //the origin y value depends on the size of the image to get a perfect fit
NSAttributedString *attrStringWithImage = [NSAttributedString attributedStringWithAttachment:textAttachment];
[attributedString replaceCharactersInRange:NSMakeRange(0, 0) withAttributedString:attrStringWithImage]; // Adding the image at the beginning
[customButton setAttributedTitle:attributedString forState:UIControlStateNormal];
[customButton sizeToFit];
[customButton addTarget:self action:@selector(back:) forControlEvents:UIControlEventTouchUpInside];
UIBarButtonItem *back = [[UIBarButtonItem alloc] initWithCustomView:customButton];

Using UIButton as custom view inside your UIBarButtonItem. You can create UIButton however you want, including with an image and text, using -setImage:forState: and -setTitle:forState:

UIButton* button = [UIButton buttonWithType:UIButtonTypeCustom];
[button setImage:[UIImage imageNamed:@"settings.png"] forState:UIControlStateNormal];
[button setTitle:@"Settings" forState:UIControlStateNormal];
[button addTarget:target action:@selector(buttonAction:)forControlEvents:UIControlEventTouchUpInside];
[button sizeToFit];
UIBarButtonItem* barButtonItem = [[UIBarButtonItem alloc] initWithCustomView:button];
self.navigationItem.leftBarButtonItem = barButtonItem;

this can be done using interface builder just by dragging a UIButton to the left bar button slot on a navigation bar.

a SWIFT version

    let button =  UIButton(type: .Custom)
    button.setImage(UIImage(named: "icon_right"), forState: .Normal)
        button.addTarget(self, action: "buttonAction", forControlEvents: .TouchUpInside)
    button.frame = CGRectMake(0, 0, 53, 31)
    button.imageEdgeInsets = UIEdgeInsetsMake(-1, 32, 1, -32)//move image to the right
    let label = UILabel(frame: CGRectMake(3, 5, 50, 20))
    label.font = UIFont(name: "Arial-BoldMT", size: 16)
    label.text = "title"
    label.textAlignment = .Center
    label.textColor = UIColor.whiteColor()
    label.backgroundColor =   UIColor.clearColor()
    let barButton = UIBarButtonItem(customView: button)
    self.navigationItem.rightBarButtonItem = barButton

Awesome solution! I was looking to add a UISlider into a UIToolbar, and I did it just this way! Don’t forget to add a target action for your custom buttons via:

  customButton.targetForAction(#selector(addTapped), withSender: self)

This way you can control your buttons 🙂