Instance Property


Specifies the delay, in seconds, between replicated copies. Animatable.


@property CFTimeInterval instanceDelay;


The default value is 0.0, meaning that any animations added to replicated copies will be synchronized.

The following code shows a replicator layer being used to create an animated activity monitor. The replicator layer creates 30 small circles forming a larger circle. The source layer, circle, has a 1 second animated fade out and each of the copies offsets the time of the animation by 1 / 30 seconds.

let replicatorLayer = CAReplicatorLayer()
let circle = CALayer()
circle.frame = CGRect(origin:,
                      size: CGSize(width: 10, height: 10))
circle.backgroundColor =
circle.cornerRadius = 5
circle.position = CGPoint(x: 0, y: 50)
let fadeOut = CABasicAnimation(keyPath: "opacity")
fadeOut.fromValue = 1
fadeOut.toValue = 0
fadeOut.duration = 1
fadeOut.repeatCount = Float.greatestFiniteMagnitude
circle.add(fadeOut, forKey: nil)

let instanceCount = 30
replicatorLayer.instanceCount = instanceCount
replicatorLayer.instanceDelay = fadeOut.duration / CFTimeInterval(instanceCount)
let angle = -CGFloat.pi * 2 / CGFloat(instanceCount)
replicatorLayer.instanceTransform = CATransform3DMakeRotation(angle, 0, 0, 1)

The following illustration shows the result of the above code:

Figure 1

Activity monitor created with a replicator layer.

Activity monitor created with a replicator layer.

See Also

Setting Instance Display Properties


The number of copies to create, including the source layers.


The transform matrix applied to the previous instance to produce the current instance. Animatable.