How to Pop to the Root view in SwiftUI

⋅ 2 min read ⋅ SwiftUI iOS 16

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Before iOS 16, there was no easy way to programmatically control view in a navigation stack.

But in iOS 16, SwiftUI deprecated NavigationView and came up with a new view, NavigationStack.

NavigationStack provides a way to programmatically manipulate the view in a navigation stack, making it easy to push and pop the view.

In this article, we will learn how to pop to the root view with NavigationStack.

How to Pop to the Root view with NavigationStack

One of the NavigationStack initializers accepts an array of navigation paths.

You can think of Paths as a data source representing all views in a navigation stack.

  • To pop a view, you remove that path from the array.
  • To pop to the root view, you remove everything out of that array.

In this example, we use an Int to represent each view.

struct ContentView: View {
// 1
@State private var path: [Int] = []

var body: some View {
// 2
NavigationStack(path: $path) {
Button("Start") {
// 3
.navigationDestination(for: Int.self) { int in
// 4
DetailView(path: $path, count: int)

struct DetailView: View {
// 5
@Binding var path: [Int]

let count: Int

var body: some View {
Button("Go deeper") {
path.append(count + 1)
.toolbar {
ToolbarItem(placement: .bottomBar) {
Button("Pop to Root") {
// 6
path = []

1 We declare an array of the navigation path. In this case, we use an Int to represent each view.
2 We use the path as a data source for NavigationStack, NavigationStack(path: $path).
3 By adding a new element to the array, the new view will get pushed to the navigation stack.
4 .navigationDestination is a new modifier that turns data into a view. In this case, we turn an integer into a view.
5 Since we want to be able to manage a navigation path within the DetailView, we need to accept a binding of the path.
6 We pop to the root view by remove all element from the path array.

Here is the result.

Xcode 14.2 iOS 16.2
Xcode 14.2 iOS 16.2

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