How to make a simple tableview with iOS 8 and Swift

Updated for Xcode 6.1.1 – Dec 5 2014

The first thing that came to mind when I saw Swift was TableViews. This is a step by step tutorial.

tl;dr

Full Code

Create a new project

Open Xcode 6, create a new “Single Page Application” and select Swift as the programming language.

Add a table view property

Open the ViewController.swift class and add a new tableview instance variable below the class declaration.

    @IBOutlet
    var tableView: UITableView!

The @IBOutlet attribute makes the tableView property visible in Interface Builder.

Conform to the TableView Delegate and DataSource protocols

To conform to the UITableViewDelegate and UITableViewDataSource protocol just add them seperated by colons afterUIViewController in the class declaration. This was a bit confusing at first but the new protocol syntax is cleaner.

class ViewController: UIViewController, UITableViewDelegate, UITableViewDataSource {

    ...

}

After that we need to implement the tableView(_:numberOfRowsInSection:)tableView(_:cellForRowAtIndexPath:) and

tableView(_:didSelectRowAtIndexPath:) methods in the ViewController class and leave them empty for now

class ViewController: UIViewController, UITableViewDelegate, UITableViewDataSource {

    ...

    func tableView(tableView: UITableView, numberOfRowsInSection section: Int) -> Int {
        return 0
    }

    func tableView(tableView: UITableView, cellForRowAtIndexPath indexPath: NSIndexPath) -> UITableViewCell {
        return UITableViewCell()
    }

    func tableView(tableView: UITableView, didSelectRowAtIndexPath indexPath: NSIndexPath) {

    }

}

Add a table view in your view controller

Search in the componet library(It should be in the lower right corener) for Table View and then drag and drop it on the view.

Dragging the table view

Connect the Interface Builder Outlets

Connect the referencing, dataSource and delegate outlets.

We can connect the respective outlets using interface builder by right clicking on the table view and dragging each outlet on the view controller.

Connecting the interface outlets

Register the cell class

In the viewDidLoad method call the registerClass(_:forCellReuseIdentifier:). Tip: to get the class use the class name followed by .self

class ViewController: UIViewController, UITableViewDelegate, UITableViewDataSource {

    ...

    override func viewDidLoad() {
        super.viewDidLoad()

        self.tableView.registerClass(UITableViewCell.self, forCellReuseIdentifier: "cell")
    }

    ...

}

Add some data to display

Add a property called items as an Array of Strings and set some values

class ViewController: UIViewController, UITableViewDelegate, UITableViewDataSource {

    var items: [String] = ["We", "Heart", "Swift"]

    ...

}

Set the number of rows

class ViewController: UIViewController, UITableViewDelegate, UITableViewDataSource {

    ...

    func tableView(tableView: UITableView, numberOfRowsInSection section: Int) -> Int {
        return self.items.count;
    }

    ...

}

Create the cell

class ViewController: UIViewController, UITableViewDelegate, UITableViewDataSource {

    ...

    func tableView(tableView: UITableView, cellForRowAtIndexPath indexPath: NSIndexPath) -> UITableViewCell {
        var cell:UITableViewCell = self.tableView.dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier("cell") as UITableViewCell

        cell.textLabel?.text = self.items[indexPath.row]

        return cell
    }

    ...

}

Handle cell selection

Another new thing in Swift is String Interpolation that let’s you add arbitrary code inside a string.

Some examples:

var one = "\(1)" // "1"
var two = "\(1 + 1)" // "2"

var name = "Andrei Puni"
println("my name is \(name) and I heart Swift") // will print "my name is Andrei Puni and I heart Swift"
class ViewController: UIViewController, UITableViewDelegate, UITableViewDataSource {

    ...

    func tableView(tableView: UITableView, didSelectRowAtIndexPath indexPath: NSIndexPath) {
        println("You selected cell #\(indexPath.row)!")
    }

    ...

}

By now your ViewController class should look like this:

class ViewController: UIViewController, UITableViewDelegate, UITableViewDataSource {
    @IBOutlet
    var tableView: UITableView
    var items: [String] = ["We", "Heart", "Swift"]

    override func viewDidLoad() {
        super.viewDidLoad()

        self.tableView.registerClass(UITableViewCell.self, forCellReuseIdentifier: "cell")
    }


    func tableView(tableView: UITableView, numberOfRowsInSection section: Int) -> Int {
        return self.items.count;
    }

    func tableView(tableView: UITableView, cellForRowAtIndexPath indexPath: NSIndexPath) -> UITableViewCell {
        var cell:UITableViewCell = self.tableView.dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier("cell") as UITableViewCell

        cell.textLabel?.text = self.items[indexPath.row]

        return cell
    }

    func tableView(tableView: UITableView, didSelectRowAtIndexPath indexPath: NSIndexPath) {
        println("You selected cell #\(indexPath.row)!")
    }
}

If you haven’t skipped any steps you should be able to run the app and see something similar to:

A simple table view using iOS 8 and Swift Programming language

In case you missed anything you could try our source code.

Feel free to ask questions or point out any mistakes.

For a more complete guide to UITableView checkout this tutorial.

Here you can find a tutorial about creating custom table view cells and more Swift awesomeness. And this is a complete guide to Object Oriented Programming in Swift.

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  97 comments for “How to make a simple tableview with iOS 8 and Swift

  1. June 3, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    So it is UITableViewCell().self! I have been struggling with it yesterday. I thought it would be UITableViewCell().class().

    • June 3, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Are you sure? Doesn’t UITableViewCell() create a new table view cell and then calls self on it ?

      • June 3, 2014 at 3:23 pm

        UITableViewCell().self! doesn’t even compile: Operand of postfix ‘!’ should have optional type; type is ‘UITableViewCell’

  2. June 3, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    This is the very first tutorial ever that I’m following, so thank you for that :-)

    I just want to point out that the part about the Outlets was giving me problems. I got it working when I linked three outlets: not only the Referencing Outlet, but also the two “regular” outlets (datasource and delegate).

    Thanks for this!

    • June 3, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      I’m really happy this helped you :)

    • patrick
      February 16, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      Plus 1 for this comment.

  3. Mateo
    June 4, 2014 at 8:54 am

    I’m having this error adding: UITableViewDelegate, UITableViewDataSource to class Viewcontroller:

    Type ‘ViewController’ does not conform to protocol ‘UITableViewDataSource’

    • June 4, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Did you implement both:
      tableView(_:numberOfRowsInSection:) and
      tableView(_:cellForRowAtIndexPath:) ?

      • Mateo
        June 5, 2014 at 4:41 pm

        Thanks!!

    • Venkat
      July 2, 2014 at 11:20 am

      No need to declare Delegates if you set there property datasource and delegate in XIB . if You re confirm you are selected or not whether you selected you won’t write these delegates in code

  4. Derek Knight
    June 5, 2014 at 3:12 am

    Very nice tutorial. I was able to take it and learn a lot from it, now I’ve got a pretty nice example of my own that I’m building on

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  6. Andrew
    June 7, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I’m completely new to iOS and Swift so thanks for this tutorial, was very helpful. I am trying to implement this simple table view into a settings page that I created. I copied your view controller code entirely.

    I was able to connect the table view Data Source and Delegate outlets to the view controller but *not* the referencing outlet. Any idea what I did wrong?

    Screenshot: https://www.dropbox.com/s/t2rxanyzuu3n6j9/Screenshot%202014-06-07%2011.05.35.png

    • June 7, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Did you add a table view IBOutlet ?

      • Andrew
        June 7, 2014 at 3:31 pm

        Yep, I have that in there. I’m not using a single page app like you did, I’m using a tabbed application. Not sure if that has anything to do with it…

        • June 7, 2014 at 3:45 pm

          Make sure your class definition and table view property are setup correctly
          class SettingsViewController: UIViewController, UITableViewDelegate, UITableViewDataSource {
          @IBOutlet var tableView: UITableView

          When connecting the referencing outlet you will get a second popup -> http://imgur.com/a/wucLK

  7. June 8, 2014 at 10:21 am

    This will only work in iOS8!

    How do you set the dataSource and delegate to you IBOutlet in iOS7?

  8. June 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Just wondering why you used “self.items” instead of just “items”?

    • June 8, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      I noticed that you could implicitly use self in swift – there are some case when you need to use self like in initializers.

      • June 8, 2014 at 6:03 pm

        Yes, generally In Initializers where you need to distinguish between the Instances’ property and the initializers argument. I was just wondering if there was any reason why you used it in this situation.

        • June 8, 2014 at 6:09 pm

          I didn’t read the question right the first time.

          I used self.items because I didn’t know at the time that self is implicit.

          • June 8, 2014 at 7:53 pm

            Ah ok – Thanks. Great work with the Blog Anderi. Keep it up man!

  9. June 8, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Ah ok – Thanks. Great work with the Blog Anderi. Keep it up man!

  10. Gareth
    July 10, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Thanks a lot for this tutorial. Thanks to following this I was able to figure out why my existing table view wasn’t working. Now it’s behaving as expected. Cheers! :)

  11. Hutch
    July 12, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    I tried to follow your tutorial exactly but I get this message on the “class ViewController” line:

    Type ‘ViewController’ does not conform to protocol ‘UITableViewDataSource’

    The line in my code reads:

    class ViewController: UIViewController, UITableViewDelegate, UITableViewDataSource { …}

    What am I doing wrong? Thanks!

    • July 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      That code looks good :)
      Maybe you have a typo somewhere before the class declarations

  12. July 20, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Nice tutorial, thanks. I tried to use the assistant editor to generate the outlet; it generates a ‘strong’ tableView (@IBOutlet strong var tableView: UITableView). With this code version the compiler is complaining: “Swift Compiler error: Property self.tableView not initialised at super.init call. Is this a Xcode beta3 bug?
    By the way, if I silence in func “viewDidLoad” the code line: self.tableView.registerClass(…) the app runs also well. What is this code line for ?

  13. Ravi
    October 2, 2014 at 7:52 am

    The source code contains bugs :( I am using Xcode version 6.0.1 please fix it
    Overall nice tut

  14. October 26, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I just downloaded your sample and opened it in Xcode 6.0 and it has loads of compilation errors.

    /Users/matt/Desktop/ios8tableview/ios8test/ViewController.swift:14:22: error: array types are now written with the brackets around the element type
    var items: String[] = [“We”, “Heart”, “Swift”]
    ^
    [
    /Users/matt/Desktop/ios8tableview/ios8test/ViewController.swift:12:5: error: ‘IBOutlet’ property has non-optional type ‘UITableView’
    @IBOutlet
    ^
    /Users/matt/Desktop/ios8tableview/ios8test/ViewController.swift:13:31: note: add ‘?’ to form the optional type ‘UITableView?’
    var tableView: UITableView
    ^
    ?
    /Users/matt/Desktop/ios8tableview/ios8test/ViewController.swift:13:31: note: add ‘!’ to form the implicitly unwrapped optional type ‘UITableView!’
    var tableView: UITableView
    ^
    !
    /Users/matt/Desktop/ios8tableview/ios8test/ViewController.swift:11:7: error: class ‘ViewController’ has no initializers
    class ViewController: UIViewController, UITableViewDelegate, UITableViewDataSource {
    ^
    /Users/matt/Desktop/ios8tableview/ios8test/ViewController.swift:13:9: note: stored property ‘tableView’ without initial value prevents synthesized initializers
    var tableView: UITableView
    ^
    /Users/matt/Desktop/ios8tableview/ios8test/ViewController.swift:12:1: error: ‘required’ initializer ‘init(coder:)’ must be provided by subclass of ‘UIViewController’
    @IBOutlet
    ^
    UIKit.UIViewController:100:34: note: ‘required’ initializer is declared in superclass here
    @objc(initWithCoder:) required init(coder aDecoder: NSCoder)
    ^
    /Users/matt/Desktop/ios8tableview/ios8test/ViewController.swift:11:1: error: type ‘ViewController’ does not conform to protocol ‘UITableViewDataSource’
    class ViewController: UIViewController, UITableViewDelegate, UITableViewDataSource {
    ^
    UIKit.UITableViewDataSource:2:48: note: protocol requires function ‘tableView(_:numberOfRowsInSection:)’ with type ‘(UITableView, numberOfRowsInSection: Int) -> Int’
    @objc(tableView:numberOfRowsInSection:) func tableView(tableView: UITableView, numberOfRowsInSection section: Int) -> Int
    ^
    /Users/matt/Desktop/ios8tableview/ios8test/ViewController.swift:23:10: note: candidate has non-matching type ‘(UITableView!, numberOfRowsInSection: Int) -> Int’
    func tableView(tableView: UITableView!, numberOfRowsInSection section: Int) -> Int {
    ^
    UIKit.UITableViewDataSource:3:48: note: protocol requires function ‘tableView(_:cellForRowAtIndexPath:)’ with type ‘(UITableView, cellForRowAtIndexPath: NSIndexPath) -> UITableViewCell’
    @objc(tableView:cellForRowAtIndexPath:) func tableView(tableView: UITableView, cellForRowAtIndexPath indexPath: NSIndexPath) -> UITableViewCell
    ^
    /Users/matt/Desktop/ios8tableview/ios8test/ViewController.swift:27:10: note: candidate has non-matching type ‘(UITableView!, cellForRowAtIndexPath: NSIndexPath!) -> UITableViewCell!’
    func tableView(tableView: UITableView!, cellForRowAtIndexPath indexPath: NSIndexPath!) -> UITableViewCell! {
    ^
    /Users/matt/Desktop/ios8tableview/ios8test/ViewController.swift:30:14: error: ‘UILabel?’ does not have a member named ‘text’
    cell.textLabel.text = self.items[indexPath.row]
    ^ ~~~~

    • October 26, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      I forgot to update the second link from the article. Here is the updated version of thew code.
      Thank you!

  15. bc
    October 27, 2014 at 9:34 am

    I wonder about the difference between your code and my code.
    You are implementing the method “func tableView(tableView: UITableView!, cellForRowAtIndexPath indexPath: NSIndexPath!) -> UITableViewCell!”, but this only gives me an error that my class is not implementing the protocol, because it defines “func tableView(tableView: UITableView, cellForRowAtIndexPath indexPath: NSIndexPath) -> UITableViewCell” (no !explicit unwrapping).
    What’s up with that? Would be great if you could give me a reply on that.

    • October 27, 2014 at 10:29 am

      well func foo(bar: Type) and func foo(bar: Type!) are different because Type and Type! are different types
      it would be the same issue if you had foo(bar: Int) and foo(bar: String)

  16. james
    November 10, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    error opening source code, good game /trolled

    • November 10, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      what XCode version do you have?

  17. edel
    November 10, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Hey loved the tutorial was wondering if you had considered creating one around creating a tableview that goes to another table view and then gives more detail on the subject?
    e.g.
    tableview 1
    DOG
    CAT
    SNAKE

    select DOG and you get a tableview showing
    LABRADOR
    HUSKEY
    POODLE

    select LABRADOR
    and you get a table showing information on labradors

    and equally you could select CAT to get a list of different breeds then more information etc. etc.

    would love an example on the above

    • November 10, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      Thanks for asking! We will make a tutorial soon :)

  18. Pruthvi
    November 13, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Hi I have done everything as you mentioned but in table view the items are not displaying. its just blank. Am not getting the reason. Can you please help me with this.
    please check my code below.

    import UIKit

    class ViewController: UIViewController, UITableViewDataSource, UITableViewDelegate {

    @IBOutlet weak var tblView: UITableView!

    var animals = [“Horse”,”Monkey”,”Lion”,”Tiger”]

    override func viewDidLoad() {
    super.viewDidLoad()
    self.tblView.registerClass(UITableViewCell.self, forCellReuseIdentifier: “cell”)
    // Do any additional setup after loading the view, typically from a nib.
    }

    override func didReceiveMemoryWarning() {
    super.didReceiveMemoryWarning()
    // Dispose of any resources that can be recreated.
    }

    func tableView(tableView: UITableView, numberOfRowsInSection section: Int) -> Int{
    return self.animals.count
    }

    func tableView(tableView: UITableView, cellForRowAtIndexPath indexPath: NSIndexPath) -> UITableViewCell{

    println(“the cell”)
    let cell : UITableViewCell = self.tblView.dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier(“cell”) as UITableViewCell
    cell.textLabel.text = self.animals[indexPath.row]

    return cell
    }

    }

    • November 14, 2014 at 11:29 am

      1. don’t be lazy when declaring a variable name tableView takes as long as tblView to type.
      2. the code looks ok. the problem might be that you did not connect the tblView outlet in interface builder. there should be a circle on the left of the code next to @IBOutlet weak var tblView: UITableView! it should be full not empty.

    • Ajan Lal Shrestha
      November 24, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      You should link the tableView with the View Controller to handle “delegate” and “datasource” ..
      For that you can simple cntrl click the tableVIew and drag it to the View Controller, then you can select delegate and datasource. You have to do this to connect the table view and controller. In case of TableViewController it is done automatically. Here we have to do it manually.

      • November 24, 2014 at 4:01 pm

        UITableViewController is easier to setup in this example app. But it’s important to know about the data source and delegate protocols. Also I tend no to use UITableViewController because the view is a UITableView.

  19. Etienne Groulx
    December 1, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Great tutorial, thanks!

    I have a little problem you might be able to help me with. I’m running xCode 6.1 and your code works perfectly when running on the iOs 8.1 simulator (probably on 8.1 devices as well). However, if I run it on the iOs 7.1 simulator (or on my iPhone 4s running iOs 7.1), the table view is never displayed. If I debug the app, I see that the tableView/numberOfRowsInSection method is called, but the tableView/cellForRowAtIndexPath is never called.

    Have you ever run your example on iOs 7.1? If so, can you tell me what I have to change to make it work? I’m having the same problem with Collection Views.

    Thanks!

  20. kolisko
    December 5, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Thanks for example. It is nice explained! :) I only have problem to get it work. I get runtime exception

    “fatal error: unexpectedly found nil while unwrapping an Optional value (lldb)”

    in viewDidLoad() on line tableView.registerClass(UITableViewCell.self, forCellReuseIdentifier: “cell”). The reason is tableView is nil. Here is the screenshot http://pbrd.co/1FYXspY and you can see the outlet is created and connected to UITableView (I had mouse cursor on circle when taking screenshot to see blue highlighted table). Any Idea?

    • December 5, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      1. Clean Shift+Cmd+K then run again.
      2. The solution that always works for me if things look like they should work but don;t. Remove the tableview and add it again

      • kolisko
        December 5, 2014 at 4:12 pm

        Thanks for hint but still get the error.

      • kolisko
        December 5, 2014 at 4:12 pm

        One thing is different on my Xcode – when try to connect IBOutlet I see this small window http://pbrd.co/1wEKnkb

      • kolisko
        December 5, 2014 at 6:09 pm

        It seems problem is in my storyboard file. I copied the file from another project to my project and it maybe wasn’t good idea :)

    • kolisko
      December 5, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      One thing is different on my Xcode – when try to connect IBOutlet I see this small window http://pbrd.co/1wEKnkb

    • Ryan Hasan
      August 6, 2015 at 4:07 am

      I ran into the same issue on Xcode 6.4 (6E35b).

      My fix is as follows – go to the storyboard file -> right-click ViewController on the left pane under View Controller Scene -> in the Outlets section, your tableView is most likely not connected so crtl-click and connect the outlet to the Table View

      Good luck.

  21. December 7, 2014 at 9:27 am

    its not working

    thanks for nothing

    • December 7, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      The framework changed a bit in Xcode 6.1.1. I’ve updated the article :)

  22. omar
    December 11, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    hey Andrei

    great tutorial.

    i am having an issue with the

    func tableView(tableView: UITableView, didSelectRowAtIndexPath indexPath: NSIndexPath) {

    }

    absolutely nothing runs inside that function….what ever code i use does not run at all

    do you have any suggestions?

    i have worked with tableViews before but only as UItableViewcontroller ….but i used your tutorial because i am using a tableView inside a ViewController.

    I’m trying to use this code:

    if let cell = tableView.cellForRowAtIndexPath(indexPath) { if cell.accessoryType == .None {
    cell.accessoryType = .Checkmark } else {
    cell.accessoryType = .None }
    }
    tableView.deselectRowAtIndexPath(indexPath, animated: true) }

    but even when i use a simple println() nothing runs on click….it seems to me that the entire click on the table view is not being recognized.

    thank you

    • December 11, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      did you connect the delegate outlet?

  23. Andy
    December 13, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Thank you for the tutorial, it works; however, if I have enough things to display, the table does not scroll. Do I have to implement a new method to make it scrollable?

    • December 13, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      the tableview should be scrollable by default. You might have the scrollable checkbox unchecked in interface builder.

  24. David
    December 19, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Hi, I modified slightly the code for cell, so the Xcode will not call any issues, it’s the unwrapped optional case:

    var cell:UITableViewCell? = self.tableView.dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier(“cell”) as UITableViewCell?

    cell?.textLabel?.text = self.items[indexPath.row]

    return cell!

    Does anybody else needed that modification to get the app working?

    • December 19, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      Hey David,

      You should be able to cast the cell to a UITableViewCell directly.

      func tableView(tableView: UITableView, cellForRowAtIndexPath indexPath: NSIndexPath) -> UITableViewCell {
      var cell:UITableViewCell = self.tableView.dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier("cell") as UITableViewCell

      cell.textLabel?.text = self.items[indexPath.row]

      return cell
      }

    • Michael
      September 14, 2015 at 11:55 pm

      This modification was the solution to a “‘UITableViewCell?’ is not convertible to ‘UITableViewCell’ error Xcode generated. Thanks David.

      Running:
      Xcode 7.0 beta 5
      El Cap 10.11 Beta

  25. James Shelton
    December 19, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    linker command failed with exit code 1 (use -v to see invocation)

    Why is that coming up ?

    • December 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      What version of Xcode are you using?

    • Julien Blancher
      December 20, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Same for me when I try to build your source code.
      I use Xcode 6.1.1

      • December 20, 2014 at 8:06 pm

        That’s strange, I also have 6.1 and it works for me. Try cleaning Cmd + Shift + K and the building.

      • Jamie
        December 24, 2014 at 10:15 pm

        Same here, same error. Also Xcode 6.1.1

        • December 25, 2014 at 1:38 am

          I changed the project. It should work now.

  26. james
    January 11, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Hi i do get the error of fatal error: unexpectedly found nil while unwrapping an Optional value. I have found out that it is because the uilabel in the custom cell is not available although i have connected it to the storyboard? Any idea ?

    • January 11, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      a bit of context would help :)

    • ShyTurtle
      January 22, 2015 at 8:32 am

      James,
      I was having the same problem as you, with the unwrapping of an optional value error. Make sure that you’re connecting the Referencing Outlet, datasource AND delegate to the ViewController. That’s what fixed it for me.

  27. February 17, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Hi! I LOVE this tutorial. It was very helpful. I’m having an issue where the text isn’t showing up on the app, however the table and the lines are showing up. I was having a hard time following the tutorial for the part with the dragging of the outlets. I was able to drag the referencing outlet into the code, but am having a hard time dragging the other 2 outlets anywhere except the storyboard itself. When I do that, I get an error. How do I fix this problem? Thank you so much for this amazing tutorial and for your help! :)

    • February 17, 2015 at 11:55 pm

      Never mind, figured it out! Must have been an issue from my typing, because when I started from scratch it worked out well. Thanks for this tutorial.

  28. February 17, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Edit to my last post: I figured out how to connect them, however the table cell text still isn’t appearing.

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    • February 17, 2015 at 11:37 pm

      You need to connect the dataSource and delegate outlets to the ViewController in the storyboard

  29. Aysin
    February 19, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Thanks for the code.
    Although I enabled in the Storyboard “Accessory – DisclosureIndicator” is not visible when I code this way. Also the related segue that shows detail page. Can you help?

    Aysin

    • February 19, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      I can’t understand the problem. Can you rephrase your question?

      • Aysin
        February 19, 2015 at 7:46 pm

        On the storyboard, for the TableViewCell, I have set Accessory as Disclosure Indicator. And I have added a push segue to show other ViewController. Normally this works fine with TableViewController. But now the indicator does not show up in the TableCell and does not show the other controller when tapped.

  30. mattblang
    February 25, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Thanks so much! I got hung up for just a second on the Referencing outlet part. I hooked the delegate and data source to the View Controller, but didn’t hook the IBOutlet variable in View Controller to the table view.

  31. April 2, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Thank you for the great tutorial! I hope this tidbit will help someone else.

    Adding the line
    self.tableView.registerClass(UITableViewCell.self, forCellReuseIdentifier: “cell”)

    to the viewDidLoad method produced the following runtime error:

    fatal error: unexpectedly found nil while unwrapping an Optional value
    (lldb)

    I was able to fix it like this:
    self.tableView?.registerClass(UITableViewCell.self, forCellReuseIdentifier: “cell”)

    This is my first tutorial, I am a complete NOOB so forgive me if this type of thing is obvious.
    Running Xcode 6.1 on MacOs 10.10.1

  32. caffeineshots
    May 6, 2015 at 9:18 am

    i follow your tutorials but it seem not to display cell value the only thing missing is `tableView.delegate = self` and `tableView.dataSource = self`. give it a try it may help. fyi im using xcode 6.3

    • May 6, 2015 at 11:39 am

      you can do that in interface builder. it’s in the step in witch you connect the tableView outlet.

  33. OPmaster
    May 27, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Nice Article, 10x.

  34. Walt Williams
    June 7, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    You tutorial has been helpful.

    In my XCode the line
    “var cell:UITableViewCell = self.tableView.dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier(“cell”) as UITableViewCell”
    XCode wants to put a ‘!’ in after the ‘as’. It compiles successfully this way.

  35. amy
    June 21, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Great article, best tableview article I have found (and I’ve been searching for a while now!). Only article that I’ve found that actually creates a table at the end. I also did get thrown off at the outlet portion, but a comment below fixed my issue quickly. Thank you so much!!!!

  36. krystian
    July 2, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Xcode und Swift sind der letze scheißdreck! Da programmier ich lieber Maschienensprache

    • July 2, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      Warum Maschienensprache? Du kannst doch die bits mit einem magnetisierter Nadel stossen.

  37. Zach Morris
    July 4, 2015 at 2:27 am

    Would be nice if you showed how to make the tableview go away and display some content on the main screen… This tutorial ended one step too soon.

  38. viveka
    July 17, 2015 at 5:39 am

    I got error that “Type viewcontroller doesnt conform to protocol UITableViewDataSource” please reply soon

    • July 18, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      The protocol changed – cmd+ click on UITableViewDataSource to see the correct method signatures – most probably there is a difference in the type of a parameter X -> X! or X! -> X

  39. gaby
    July 28, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    hello…wondering if you have experience on import QuickLook with tableview before?

  40. December 5, 2015 at 2:05 am

    Hello. In the “add some data to display” section, If you have hundreds of records to display, what’s the best place to enter this data? How would you implement this? Thanks.

    • December 16, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      try doing the same approach as you would with tens of items… if that fails then optimise.

  41. sohal
    January 15, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    cell.textLabel?.text = self.items(indexPath.row)

    getting error on that statement — cannot call value of non-function type ‘[string]’

    • January 15, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      self.items[indexpath.row]

      use square brackets [ ] for arrays
      ( ) are for functions that’s why you get that error

  42. Ryan
    July 3, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Love the post! Worked like a charm! Cheers!

    AS OF: 7 / 3 / 2016 , this is the BEST UITableView tutorial for a NESTED UITableView.

    One tip for the author:

    I got an error with this:

    let cell = tableView.dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier(“SomeTableViewCell”) as! SomeTableViewCell

    but this worked:

    let cell = tableView.dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier(“SomeTableViewCell”, forIndexPath: indexPath) as! SomeTableViewCell

    Otherwise, great step-by-step tutorial, thanks man!

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