Floating Labels

Floating Labels created with Mappedin SDK for iOS v5.

Map geometry alone is not enough to have a sense of a location. Adding labels to show the names of locations and other points of interest can help users navigate a space.

Note: A complete class that uses the code snippets in this guide can be found in the Mappedin iOS Github repo: FloatingLabelsVC.swift

FloatingLabels anchor to polygon entrance nodes and automatically handle rotation and repositioning when the camera moves. Floating Labels are enabled by default with default styling. When customizing Floating Labels, disable them from appearing on startup in MPIOptions.ShowVenue options. Floating Labels can be added to the map by calling mapView.floatingLabelManager.labelAllLocations() is called, which indicates that the first map is loaded and can be modified.

Floating Labels can be added and removed all at once as shown above or individually using the MPIFloatingLabelManager add and remove methods.

Styling Options

Floating Labels are highly customizable, allowing control of size, color, spacing and the ability to display both a Marker (icon) and text in each label.


  • margin in pixels around the label and marker. This will affect label density.

Marker Appearance - MPIOptions.FloatingLabelAppearance.Marker

  • backgroundColor & foregroundColor - The marker takes both active and inactive variants of its foreground and background colors.
  • size of the marker in pixels.
  • icon is the SVG of the icon to place inside the Floating Label.
  • iconVisibilityThreshold defines when the icon becomes visible relative to the current zoom level. Values should be between 0 and 1. 0 appears at maximum zoom and 1 causes the marker to always be shown.

Text Appearance - MPIOptions.FloatingLabelAppearance.Text

  • foregroundColor and backgroundColor can be set using CSS colors, as Hex strings or the CSS name of a color such as crimson.
  • maxWidth defines the maximum width of text in pixels.
  • numLines sets the maximum number of lines to display if the text spans multiple lines.
  • size is the text size in pixels.

The code snippet below creates a MPIOptions.FloatingLabelAppearance.Text to set the text color and the maximum number of lines to 2.

let floatingLabelAppearance = MPIOptions.FloatingLabelAppearance(
text: MPIOptions.FloatingLabelAppearance.Text(numLines: 2, foregroundColor: "#DAA520", backgroundColor: "#000000"))
let styleOptions = MPIOptions.FloatingLabelAllLocations(appearance: floatingLabelAppearance)
mapView?.floatingLabelManager.labelAllLocations(options: styleOptions)

Adding Icons

Icons can be added to Floating Labels to highlight certain categories or to make locations more eye-catching. These icons automatically adjust, becoming visible as the user zooms the map to view more detail. The supplied icon must be an SVG image and is provided to MPIOptions.FloatingLabelAppearance.Marker. Note that the SVG must be encapsulated using triple double quotes (“””SVG”””) to avoid double escaping characters within the string.

let svgIcon: String = """
<svg width="92" height="92" viewBox="-17 0 92 92" fill="none" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg">
<g clip-path="url(#clip0)">
<path d="M53.99 28.0973H44.3274C41.8873 28.0973 40.7161 29.1789 40.7161 31.5387V61.1837L21.0491 30.7029C19.6827 28.5889 18.8042 28.1956 16.0714 28.0973H6.5551C4.01742 28.0973 2.84619 29.1789 2.84619 31.5387V87.8299C2.84619 90.1897 4.01742 91.2712 6.5551 91.2712H16.2178C18.7554 91.2712 19.9267 90.1897 19.9267 87.8299V58.3323L39.6912 88.6656C41.1553 90.878 41.9361 91.2712 44.669 91.2712H54.0388C56.5765 91.2712 57.7477 90.1897 57.7477 87.8299V31.5387C57.6501 29.1789 56.4789 28.0973 53.99 28.0973Z" fill="white"/>
<path d="M11.3863 21.7061C17.2618 21.7061 22.025 16.9078 22.025 10.9887C22.025 5.06961 17.2618 0.27124 11.3863 0.27124C5.51067 0.27124 0.747559 5.06961 0.747559 10.9887C0.747559 16.9078 5.51067 21.7061 11.3863 21.7061Z" fill="white"/>
<clipPath id="clip0">
<rect width="57" height="91" fill="white" transform="translate(0.747559 0.27124)"/>
let foreGroundColor = MPIOptions.FloatingLabelAppearance.Color(
active: "#BF4320", inactive: "#7E2D16")
let backgroundColor = MPIOptions.FloatingLabelAppearance.Color(
active: "#FFFFFF", inactive: "#FAFAFA")
let markerAppearance = MPIOptions.FloatingLabelAppearance.Marker(
foregroundColor: foreGroundColor,
backgroundColor: backgroundColor,
icon: svgIcon
let markerTheme = MPIOptions.FloatingLabelAppearance(marker: markerAppearance)
let styleOptions = MPIOptions.FloatingLabelAllLocations(appearance: markerTheme)
mapView?.floatingLabelManager.labelAllLocations(options: styleOptions)

Preset Themes

The Mappedin SDK for iOS provides two preset Floating Label themes that can be easily applied to a map. They are lightOnDark and darkOnLight. These two contrasting themes provide options for both light and dark maps.

Applying the lightOnDark Theme

let styleOptions = MPIOptions.FloatingLabelAllLocations(
appearance: MPIOptions.FloatingLabelAppearance.lightOnDark)
mapView?.floatingLabelManager.labelAllLocations(options: styleOptions)

Applying the darkOnLight Theme

let styleOptions = MPIOptions.FloatingLabelAllLocations(
appearance: MPIOptions.FloatingLabelAppearance.darkOnLight)
mapView?.floatingLabelManager.labelAllLocations(options: styleOptions)

Note: A complete class that uses the code snippets in this guide can be found in the Mappedin iOS Github repo: FloatingLabelsVC.swift

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