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Loading Mask Widget Titanium Alloy


This is a widget for the Alloy MVC framework of Appcelerator's Titanium platform.

The widget provides a simple loading mask that can be easily styled and configured.

By default it uses the native ProgressIndicator for Android but you can easily switch to use the same cross-platform version on both iOS and Android.


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  • Fully stylable via your app.tss.
  • Can be set to be cancelable by user, setting a function to be called in that case.
  • Message and ability to be cancelled can be set every time it's used.
  • Can be via single global instance or local instances.
  • Available as native ProgressIndicator (Android), Window and View.

Quick Start gitTio

  • Use gittio install nl.fokkezb.loading to install via gitTio or:

    • Download the latest release of the widget.

    • Unzip the folder to your project under app/widgets/nl.fokkezb.loading.

    • Add the widget as a dependency to your app/config.json file:

      "dependencies": {
  • Create a global instance of the widget in alloy.js:

    Alloy.Globals.loading = Alloy.createWidget("nl.fokkezb.loading");
  • Show and hide the loading mask when you need it:

    function cancel() {
    function load() {'Your message', false);
        }, 6000);
  • In Titanium 3.3.0 you need to hide the Android Actionbar as described in this blog. If you use Titanium 3.3.1 or later the widget automatically requests for a theme with no actionbar.

Global vs Local

The Quick Start shows how to use the global-mode. You only have to create one global widget instance that will (try to) make sure that there's always one loading mask showing. You can also use one of the 3 available types of loading masks directly as a local instance, as we'll see when we look at the types.


The widget exposes different types of loading masks. All types share the same API so you can easily switch between them.

Native Progress (Android-only)

The global default for Android is to use ProgressIndicator. You can disable this by setting the progress property of the global widget to false or using one of the 2 other types directly in a local instance. The Native Progress type itself can also be used as a local instance:

var myInstance = Alloy.createWidget('nl.fokkezb.loading', 'progress');'My message', myCancelCallback);    


The only available global mode for iOS is to show a Window. You can also create a local instance:

var myInstance = Alloy.createWidget('nl.fokkezb.loading', 'window');'My message', myCancelCallback);


You can also create the widget as a local view which you can require in any (composite) layout. The typical use case for this is to display the widget over a modal window since the window-type would open behind such a window and be invisible.


        <Widget src="nl.fokkezb.loading" name="view" id="myInstance" />


$'My message', myCancelCallback);

Public API

All types share the same public API:


You'll get TRUE if the loading mask is currently shown. If set to TRUE or FALSE it will call show() or hide().

progress (global-only)

Set to FALSE to use the cross-platform loading mask for Android instead of the default native ProgressIndicator.


Shows the loading mask or updates the existing, if it's still the top window. If the second argument is a function, the mask is user-cancelable at which event this method would be called.


Updates the existing message and cancelable function. Not available in global-mode, where you'd simply call show() again.


Updates the existing message or uses the default one (Success). This will also hide the activity indicator and display a checkmark icon instead.


Hides the loading mask.


You can style all views from your app.tss. The default styles can be found in window.tss. Be aware that the default styles are applied to classses, but to override from your app.tss you need to following (identical) IDs:

  • #progressIndicator: The native Android ProgressIndicator.
  • #loadingWindow: The window if using the (default) window mode.
  • #loadingMask: The full-screen mask.
    • Set images to true to use the #loadingImages indicator.
  • #loadingOuter: The dark box containing the activityIndicator and message.
  • #loadingInner: Wraps arround the activityIndicator and message to provider padding.
  • #loadingIndicator: The activityIndicator.
  • #loadingImages: The indicator variant using images.
  • #loadingMessage: The message.


You can override the default message (Loading..) by setting the loadingMessage in your strings.xml files. Same thing for (Success) which is using loadingSuccessMessage in strings.xml.


  • 1.8:
    • New view mode to get the loading mask as a view instead of a window.
    • Consistent public API's for all types and modes.
  • 1.7:
    • Uses native ProgressIndicator for Android
    • Uses the theme property to select a theme with no ActionBar.
  • 1.6: Complete rewrite
    • Widget creation now only in controller
    • Styling now only in TSS
    • Setting message and blocking now only via show()
    • Cancel event replaced by callback as second argument for show()
    • Second show() argument now cancelable, reverse of blocking (!!)
    • On Android, hitting the back button on a non-cancelable loading mask will move app to the background
  • 1.5.2: Fixes empty loading mask on second show on Android
  • 1.5.1: Reverted 1.5 change thanks to opacity fix.
  • 1.5: Falls back to Ti.UI.Android.ProgressIndicator for Android
  • 1.4: Support for image indicator
  • 1.3: Fully override widget style from app.tss and reset to default message upon show.
  • 1.2: View replaced by Window, otherwise won't work in non-absolute layout modes.
  • 1.1: New parameter show to automatically show loading mask upon creation.
  • 1.0: Initial version


Copyright 2013-2014 Fokke Zandbergen

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