By Mathieu

2009-01-03 16:01:16 8 Comments

I'm trying to do that for a couple of days now, and after reading tons of messages of people trying to do that too, I'm still unable to have a fully working UITextField in some of my UITableViewCells, just like in this example:


Either I have the form working but the text is not visible (although I set its color to blue), the keyboard goes on the field when I click on it and I haven't been able to correctly implement the keyboard events. I tried with a bunch of examples from Apple (mainly UICatalog, where there is a kinda similar control) but it's still not working correctly.

Can somebody help me (and all the people trying to realize this control) and post a simple implementation of a UITextField in a UITableViewCell, that works fine?


@Vasily Bodnarchuk 2017-02-10 12:28:47


  • Xcode 10.2 (10E125), Swift 5

Full Sample Code


import UIKit

protocol TextFieldInTableViewCellDelegate: class {
    func textField(editingDidBeginIn cell:TextFieldInTableViewCell)
    func textField(editingChangedInTextField newText: String, in cell: TextFieldInTableViewCell)

class TextFieldInTableViewCell: UITableViewCell {

    private(set) weak var textField: UITextField?
    private(set) weak var descriptionLabel: UILabel?

    weak var delegate: TextFieldInTableViewCellDelegate?

    override init(style: UITableViewCell.CellStyle, reuseIdentifier: String?) {
        super.init(style: style, reuseIdentifier: reuseIdentifier)

    private func setupSubviews() {
        let stackView = UIStackView()
        stackView.distribution = .fill
        stackView.alignment = .leading
        stackView.spacing = 8
        stackView.translatesAutoresizingMaskIntoConstraints = false
        stackView.topAnchor.constraint(equalTo: topAnchor, constant: 6).isActive = true
        stackView.bottomAnchor.constraint(equalTo: bottomAnchor, constant: -6).isActive = true
        stackView.leftAnchor.constraint(equalTo: leftAnchor, constant: 16).isActive = true
        stackView.rightAnchor.constraint(equalTo: rightAnchor, constant: -16).isActive = true

        let label = UILabel()
        label.text = "Label"
        descriptionLabel = label

        let textField = UITextField()
        textField.textAlignment = .left
        textField.placeholder = "enter text"
        textField.setContentHuggingPriority(.fittingSizeLevel, for: .horizontal)
        textField.addTarget(self, action: #selector(textFieldValueChanged(_:)), for: .editingChanged)
        textField.addTarget(self, action: #selector(editingDidBegin), for: .editingDidBegin)
        self.textField = textField

        selectionStyle = .none

        let gesture = UITapGestureRecognizer(target: self, action: #selector(didSelectCell))

    required init?(coder aDecoder: NSCoder) { super.init(coder: aDecoder) }

extension TextFieldInTableViewCell {
    @objc func didSelectCell() { textField?.becomeFirstResponder() }
    @objc func editingDidBegin() { delegate?.textField(editingDidBeginIn: self) }
    @objc func textFieldValueChanged(_ sender: UITextField) {
        if let text = sender.text { delegate?.textField(editingChangedInTextField: text, in: self) }


import UIKit

class ViewController: UIViewController {

    private weak var tableView: UITableView?
    override func viewDidLoad() {

extension ViewController {

    func setupTableView() {

        let tableView = UITableView(frame: .zero)
        tableView.register(TextFieldInTableViewCell.self, forCellReuseIdentifier: "TextFieldInTableViewCell")
        tableView.translatesAutoresizingMaskIntoConstraints = false
        tableView.topAnchor.constraint(equalTo: view.topAnchor).isActive = true
        tableView.bottomAnchor.constraint(equalTo: view.bottomAnchor).isActive = true
        tableView.leftAnchor.constraint(equalTo: view.leftAnchor).isActive = true
        tableView.rightAnchor.constraint(equalTo: view.rightAnchor).isActive = true
        tableView.rowHeight = UITableView.automaticDimension
        tableView.estimatedRowHeight = UITableView.automaticDimension
        tableView.tableFooterView = UIView()
        self.tableView = tableView
        tableView.dataSource = self

        let gesture = UITapGestureRecognizer(target: tableView, action: #selector(UITextView.endEditing(_:)))

extension ViewController: UITableViewDataSource {

    func numberOfSections(in tableView: UITableView) -> Int { return 1 }
    func tableView(_ tableView: UITableView, numberOfRowsInSection section: Int) -> Int { return 2 }
    func tableView(_ tableView: UITableView, cellForRowAt indexPath: IndexPath) -> UITableViewCell {
        let cell = tableView.dequeueReusableCell(withIdentifier: "TextFieldInTableViewCell") as! TextFieldInTableViewCell
        cell.delegate = self
        return cell

extension ViewController: TextFieldInTableViewCellDelegate {

    func textField(editingDidBeginIn cell: TextFieldInTableViewCell) {
        if let indexPath = tableView?.indexPath(for: cell) {
            print("textfield selected in cell at \(indexPath)")

    func textField(editingChangedInTextField newText: String, in cell: TextFieldInTableViewCell) {
        if let indexPath = tableView?.indexPath(for: cell) {
            print("updated text in textfield in cell as \(indexPath), value = \"\(newText)\"")


enter image description here

@Mohammed Hussain 2017-01-31 10:43:50

For next/return events on multiple UITextfield inside UITableViewCell in this method I had taken UITextField in storyboard.

@interface MyViewController () {
    NSInteger currentTxtRow;
@property (strong, nonatomic) NSIndexPath   *currentIndex;//Current Selected Row

@implementation MyViewController

- (UITableViewCell *)tableView:(UITableView *)tableView cellForRowAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath {

        UITableViewCell *cell = [tableView dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier:@"CELL" forIndexPath:indexPath];
        cell.selectionStyle = UITableViewCellSelectionStyleNone;

        UITextField *txtDetails = (UITextField *)[cell.contentView viewWithTag:100];
        txtDetails.delegate = self;

        txtDetails.placeholder = self.arrReciversDetails[indexPath.row];
        return cell;

#pragma mark - UITextFieldDelegate
- (BOOL)textFieldShouldBeginEditing:(UITextField *)textField {

    CGPoint point = [textField convertPoint:CGPointZero toView:self.tableView];
    self.currentIndex = [self.tableView indexPathForRowAtPoint:point];//Get Current UITableView row
    currentTxtRow = self.currentIndex.row;
    return YES;

- (BOOL)textFieldShouldReturn:(UITextField *)textField {
    currentTxtRow += 1;
    self.currentIndex = [NSIndexPath indexPathForRow:currentTxtRow inSection:0];

    UITableViewCell *cell = [self.tableView cellForRowAtIndexPath:self.currentIndex];
    UITextField *currentTxtfield = (UITextField *)[cell.contentView viewWithTag:100];
    if (currentTxtRow < 3) {//Currently I have 3 Cells each cell have 1 UITextfield
        [currentTxtfield becomeFirstResponder];
    } else {
        [self.view endEditing:YES];
        [currentTxtfield resignFirstResponder];


To grab the text from textfield-

- (BOOL)textField:(UITextField *)textField shouldChangeCharactersInRange:(NSRange)range replacementString:(NSString *)string {
      switch (self.currentIndex.row) {

            case 0:
                NSLog(@"%@",[NSString stringWithFormat:@"%@%@",textField.text,string]);//Take current word and previous text from textfield

            case 1:
                 NSLog(@"%@",[NSString stringWithFormat:@"%@%@",textField.text,string]);//Take current word and previous text from textfield

            case 2:
                 NSLog(@"%@",[NSString stringWithFormat:@"%@%@",textField.text,string]);//Take current word and previous text from textfield


@tiritea 2016-11-16 22:28:22

Here's a drop-in subclass for UITableViewCell which replaces the detailTextLabel with an editable UITextField (or, in case of UITableViewCellStyleDefault, replaces the textLabel). This has the benefit that it allows you to re-use all the familiar UITableViewCellStyles, accessoryViews, etc, just now the detail is editable!

@interface GSBEditableTableViewCell : UITableViewCell <UITextFieldDelegate>
@property UITextField *textField;

@interface GSBEditableTableViewCell ()
@property UILabel *replace;

@implementation GSBEditableTableViewCell

- (instancetype)initWithStyle:(UITableViewCellStyle)style reuseIdentifier:(NSString *)reuseIdentifier
    self = [super initWithStyle:style reuseIdentifier:reuseIdentifier];
    if (self) {
        _replace = (style == UITableViewCellStyleDefault)? self.textLabel : self.detailTextLabel;
        _replace.hidden = YES;

        // Impersonate UILabel with an identical UITextField
        _textField =;
        [self.contentView addSubview:_textField];
        _textField.translatesAutoresizingMaskIntoConstraints = NO;
        [_textField.leftAnchor constraintEqualToAnchor:_replace.leftAnchor].active = YES;
        [_textField.rightAnchor constraintEqualToAnchor:_replace.rightAnchor].active = YES;
        [_textField.topAnchor constraintEqualToAnchor:_replace.topAnchor].active = YES;
        [_textField.bottomAnchor constraintEqualToAnchor:_replace.bottomAnchor].active = YES;
        _textField.font = _replace.font;
        _textField.textColor = _replace.textColor;
        _textField.textAlignment = _replace.textAlignment;

        // Dont want to intercept UITextFieldDelegate, so use UITextFieldTextDidChangeNotification instead
        [NSNotificationCenter.defaultCenter addObserver:self

        // Also need KVO because UITextFieldTextDidChangeNotification not fired when change programmatically
        [_textField addObserver:self forKeyPath:@"text" options:0 context:nil];
    return self;

- (void)textDidChange:(NSNotification*)notification
    // Update (hidden) UILabel to ensure correct layout
    if (_textField.text.length) {
        _replace.text = _textField.text;
    } else if (_textField.placeholder.length) {
        _replace.text = _textField.placeholder;
    } else {
        _replace.text = @" "; // otherwise UILabel removed from cell (!?)
    [self setNeedsLayout];

- (void)observeValueForKeyPath:(NSString *)keyPath ofObject:(id)object change:(NSDictionary *)change context:(void *)context
    if ((object == _textField) && [keyPath isEqualToString:@"text"]) [self textDidChange:nil];

- (void)dealloc
    [_textField removeObserver:self forKeyPath:@"text"];


Simple to use - just create your cell as before, but now use cell.textField instead of cell.detailTextLabel (or cell.textLabel in case of UITableViewCellStyleDefault). eg

GSBEditableTableViewCell *cell = [tableView dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier:@"Cell"];
if (!cell) cell = [GSBEditableTableViewCell.alloc initWithStyle:UITableViewCellStyleValue2 reuseIdentifier:@"Cell"];

cell.textLabel.text = @"Name";
cell.textField.text = _editablename;
cell.textField.delegate = self; // to pickup edits

Inspired by, and improved upon, FD's answer

@William Entriken 2014-02-05 23:26:31

Here is a solution that looks good under iOS6/7/8/9.

Update 2016-06-10: this still works with iOS 9.3.3

Thanks for all your support, this is now on CocoaPods/Carthage/SPM at

Basically we take the stock UITableViewCellStyleValue1 and staple a UITextField where the detailTextLabel is supposed to be. This gives us automatic placement for all scenarios: iOS6/7/8/9, iPhone/iPad, Image/No-image, Accessory/No-accessory, Portrait/Landscape, 1x/2x/3x.

enter image description here

Note: this is using storyboard with a UITableViewCellStyleValue1 type cell named "word".

- (UITableViewCell *)tableView:(UITableView *)tableView cellForRowAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath
    cell = [tableView dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier:@"word"];
    cell.detailTextLabel.hidden = YES;
    [[cell viewWithTag:3] removeFromSuperview];
    textField = [[UITextField alloc] init];
    textField.tag = 3;
    textField.translatesAutoresizingMaskIntoConstraints = NO;
    [cell.contentView addSubview:textField];
    [cell addConstraint:[NSLayoutConstraint constraintWithItem:textField attribute:NSLayoutAttributeLeading relatedBy:NSLayoutRelationEqual toItem:cell.textLabel attribute:NSLayoutAttributeTrailing multiplier:1 constant:8]];
    [cell addConstraint:[NSLayoutConstraint constraintWithItem:textField attribute:NSLayoutAttributeTop relatedBy:NSLayoutRelationEqual toItem:cell.contentView attribute:NSLayoutAttributeTop multiplier:1 constant:8]];
    [cell addConstraint:[NSLayoutConstraint constraintWithItem:textField attribute:NSLayoutAttributeBottom relatedBy:NSLayoutRelationEqual toItem:cell.contentView attribute:NSLayoutAttributeBottom multiplier:1 constant:-8]];
    [cell addConstraint:[NSLayoutConstraint constraintWithItem:textField attribute:NSLayoutAttributeTrailing relatedBy:NSLayoutRelationEqual toItem:cell.detailTextLabel attribute:NSLayoutAttributeTrailing multiplier:1 constant:0]];
    textField.textAlignment = NSTextAlignmentRight;
    textField.delegate = self;
    return cell;

@William Entriken 2014-03-06 16:57:37

Thanks for scrolling through the mountains of votes above to see this answer!

@ma11hew28 2014-04-04 16:01:25

By UITableViewCellStyleRightDetail do you mean UITableViewCellStyleValue1?

@dreamzor 2014-09-17 10:12:09

Throws 'Unable to simultaneously satisfy constraints' with wall of text in console, unfortunately.

@dreamzor 2014-09-17 10:23:38

Also, if cell.detailTextLabel is set to hidden, it doesn't align its right ('trailing') side at all.

@Siriss 2015-03-06 03:37:47

This crashes using storyboard with me. Can you use this with storyboard?

@Reveclair 2015-04-01 08:56:42

@FullDecent Can you also show your storyboard for this table view ?

@Reveclair 2015-04-01 09:07:05

@FullDecent Can you also provide a solution without using a Storyboard ? Thank you

@Joe 2016-01-14 09:08:10

I found that the textfield text was not right aligned in the cell unless you add text to the detailTextLabel. Simply adding cell.detailTextLabel.Text = @"0" adjusted the textfield frame to stretch to the end of the cell.

@William Entriken 2016-06-13 17:52:04

Thanks everyone, this is now on CocoaPods

@leviathan 2010-02-09 16:19:47

Try this out. Works like a charm for me (on iPhone devices). I used this code for a login screen once. I configured the table view to have two sections. You can of course get rid of the section conditionals.

- (UITableViewCell *)tableView:(UITableView *)tableView cellForRowAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath {

UITableViewCell *cell = [self.tableView dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier:kCellIdentifier];
if (cell == nil) {
    cell = [[[UITableViewCell alloc] initWithStyle:UITableViewCellStyleDefault 
                                   reuseIdentifier:kCellIdentifier] autorelease];
    cell.accessoryType = UITableViewCellAccessoryNone;

    if ([indexPath section] == 0) {
        UITextField *playerTextField = [[UITextField alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(110, 10, 185, 30)];
        playerTextField.adjustsFontSizeToFitWidth = YES;
        playerTextField.textColor = [UIColor blackColor];
        if ([indexPath row] == 0) {
            playerTextField.placeholder = @"[email protected]";
            playerTextField.keyboardType = UIKeyboardTypeEmailAddress;
            playerTextField.returnKeyType = UIReturnKeyNext;
        else {
            playerTextField.placeholder = @"Required";
            playerTextField.keyboardType = UIKeyboardTypeDefault;
            playerTextField.returnKeyType = UIReturnKeyDone;
            playerTextField.secureTextEntry = YES;
        playerTextField.backgroundColor = [UIColor whiteColor];
        playerTextField.autocorrectionType = UITextAutocorrectionTypeNo; // no auto correction support
        playerTextField.autocapitalizationType = UITextAutocapitalizationTypeNone; // no auto capitalization support
        playerTextField.textAlignment = UITextAlignmentLeft;
        playerTextField.tag = 0;
        //playerTextField.delegate = self;

        playerTextField.clearButtonMode = UITextFieldViewModeNever; // no clear 'x' button to the right
        [playerTextField setEnabled: YES];

        [cell.contentView addSubview:playerTextField];

        [playerTextField release];
if ([indexPath section] == 0) { // Email & Password Section
    if ([indexPath row] == 0) { // Email
        cell.textLabel.text = @"Email";
    else {
        cell.textLabel.text = @"Password";
else { // Login button section
    cell.textLabel.text = @"Log in";
return cell;    

Result looks like this:

login form

@David 2011-01-05 06:53:06

I'm trying almost the exact same thing. However, the text field only shows up when the row is selected. Otherwise is isn't drawn at all. In the above example I just get the label, ie Login. This is with iOS 4.2 on iPad.

@leviathan 2011-01-05 07:18:22

@David: Haven't tested this code on iPad yet. Updated the description to make it clear that this works on iPhone. Do you have a solution for iPad?

@K.Honda 2011-06-21 09:07:18

I'm having this problem too. How can I implement this code into a new .h .m file?

@Rob 2011-06-28 14:33:45

How would you access the information in the cells after wards?

@Rob 2011-06-28 14:53:47

Actually, an even better question: how do you handle the next/ return keyboard event?

@Corey Larson 2011-07-19 00:57:28

@Rob: You can get at the data through events. I grab the contents of the UITextField on the editingDidEnd event, set it up like so: [_field addTarget:self action:@selector(editingEnded:) forControlEvents:UIControlEventEditingDidEnd];.

@Agos 2011-09-02 13:45:03

I've copied and pasted this saving myself some precious minutes before a demo ;) Awesome!

@Mark Adams 2011-09-11 21:11:33

You need to add the UITextField as a subview of the cell.contentView and not the cell itself.

@barfoon 2011-09-26 00:51:38

Need to add "static NSString *kCellIdentifier = @"Cell";" to the top of the method.

@Faser 2011-12-27 11:14:06

Works on iPad like a charm. Needed to set the BGColor of the textFieldto clearColor

@Stunner 2013-03-05 09:36:41

Use [cell addSubview:playerTextField]; to get it to work with iOS 5.0+.

@Sandip Patel - SM 2013-07-25 11:38:16

cell.textLabel.backgroundColor = [UIColor clearColor]; add this line to above code. this will resolve the issue of not showing text for text field because cell.textLabel having full width so its overcome on the text field

@Giorgio 2013-10-11 11:07:45

This doesn't work if the cells have to be reused. It may happen that the password cell can be shown in Login cell and vice versa.

@Siva 2013-10-30 04:07:33

hi friends it's possible to add multiple textfield in tableview…

@Esqarrouth 2014-02-07 11:18:34

I am having problem with Robs question aswell, how to handle next keyboard event?

@William Entriken 2015-03-24 13:56:48

Advertisement: newer answer below works on iOS8

@j2emanue 2012-11-27 23:04:40

Here's how its done i believe the correct way. It works on Ipad and Iphone as i tested it. We have to create our own customCells by classing a uitableviewcell:

start off in interfaceBuilder ... create a new UIViewcontroller call it customCell (volunteer for a xib while your there) Make sure customCell is a subclass of uitableviewcell

erase all views now and create one view make it the size of a individual cell. make that view subclass customcell. now create two other views (duplicate the first).
Go to your connections inspector and find 2 IBOutlets you can connect to these views now.

-backgroundView -SelectedBackground

connect these to the last two views you just duplicated and dont worry about them. the very first view that extends customCell, put your label and uitextfield inside of it. got into customCell.h and hook up your label and textfield. Set the height of this view to say 75 (height of each cell) all done.

In your customCell.m file make sure the constructor looks something like this:

- (id)initWithStyle:(UITableViewCellStyle)style reuseIdentifier:(NSString *)reuseIdentifier
self = [super initWithStyle:style reuseIdentifier:reuseIdentifier];
if (self) {
    // Initialization code
    NSArray *nibArray = [[NSBundle mainBundle] loadNibNamed:@"CustomCell"       owner:self options:nil]; 
    self = [nibArray objectAtIndex:0];
return self;

Now create a UITableViewcontroller and in this method use the customCell class like this :

- (UITableViewCell *)tableView:(UITableView *)tableView cellForRowAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath
static NSString *CellIdentifier = @"Cell";
// lets use our customCell which has a label and textfield already installed for us

customCell *cell = [tableView dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier:CellIdentifier];
if (cell == nil) {
    //cell = [[[customCell alloc] initWithStyle:UITableViewCellStyleDefault reuseIdentifier:CellIdentifier] autorelease];

    NSArray *topLevelsObjects = [[NSBundle mainBundle] loadNibNamed:@"NewUserCustomCell" owner:nil options:nil];
    for (id currentObject in topLevelsObjects){
        if ([currentObject  isKindOfClass:[UITableViewCell class]]){
            cell = (customCell *) currentObject;

    NSUInteger row = [indexPath row];

switch (row) {
    case 0:

        cell.titleLabel.text = @"First Name"; //label we made (uitextfield also available now)


return cell;


- (CGFloat)tableView:(UITableView *)tableView heightForRowAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath{

return 75.0;

@Arie Pieter Cammeraat 2011-02-07 13:24:43

I ran into the same problem. It seems that setting the cell.textlabel.text property brings the UILabel to the front of the contentView of the cell. Add the textView after setting textLabel.text, or (if that's not possible) call this:

[cell.contentView bringSubviewToFront:textField]

@Bryan 2011-09-11 20:58:47

I really struggled with this task on the iPad, with text fields showing up invisible in the UITableView, and the whole row turning blue when it gets focus.

What worked for me in the end was the technique described under "The Technique for Static Row Content" in Apple's Table View Programming Guide. I put both the label and the textField in a UITableViewCell in the NIB for the view, and pull that cell out via an outlet in cellForRowAtIndexPath:. The resulting code is much neater than UICatalog.

@Ben Mosher 2011-04-22 18:30:29

I had been avoiding this by calling a method to run [cell.contentView bringSubviewToFront:textField] every time my cells appeared, but then I discovered this relatively simple technique:

cell.accessoryView = textField;

Doesn't seem to have the same background-overpasting issue, and it aligns itself on its own (somewhat). Also, the textLabel auto-truncates to avoid overflowing into (or under) it, which is handy.

@Henley Chiu 2011-07-30 02:20:13

I take that back.. Me no like. =(

@Ben Mosher 2011-08-02 11:39:45

Hisoka-- what happened?

@charlax 2009-12-31 13:42:28

Here is how I have achieved this:


#import <UIKit/UIKit.h>

#define CellTextFieldWidth 90.0
#define MarginBetweenControls 20.0

@interface TextFormCell : UITableViewCell {
 UITextField *textField;

@property (nonatomic, retain) UITextField *textField;



#import "TextFormCell.h"

@implementation TextFormCell

@synthesize textField;

- (id)initWithReuseIdentifier:(NSString *)reuseIdentifier {
    if (self = [super initWithReuseIdentifier:reuseIdentifier]) {
  // Adding the text field
  textField = [[UITextField alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectZero];
  textField.clearsOnBeginEditing = NO;
  textField.textAlignment = UITextAlignmentRight;
  textField.returnKeyType = UIReturnKeyDone;
  [self.contentView addSubview:textField];
    return self;

- (void)dealloc {
 [textField release];
    [super dealloc];

#pragma mark -
#pragma mark Laying out subviews

- (void)layoutSubviews {
 CGRect rect = CGRectMake(self.contentView.bounds.size.width - 5.0, 
 [textField setFrame:rect];
 CGRect rect2 = CGRectMake(MarginBetweenControls,
         self.contentView.bounds.size.width - CellTextFieldWidth - MarginBetweenControls,
 UILabel *theTextLabel = (UILabel *)[self textLabel];
 [theTextLabel setFrame:rect2];

It may seems a bit verbose, but it works!

Don't forget to set the delegate!

@Ali 2010-11-29 13:16:28

Try this one. It can handle scrolling as well and you can reuse the cells without the hassle of removing subviews you added before.

- (NSInteger)tableView:(UITableView *)table numberOfRowsInSection:(NSInteger)section{
    return 10;

- (UITableViewCell *)tableView:(UITableView *)table cellForRowAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath {
    UITableViewCell *cell = [table dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier:@"Cell"];
    if( cell == nil)
        cell = [[[UITableViewCell alloc] initWithStyle:UITableViewCellStyleDefault reuseIdentifier:@"Cell"] autorelease];   

    cell.textLabel.text = [[NSArray arrayWithObjects:@"First",@"Second",@"Third",@"Forth",@"Fifth",@"Sixth",@"Seventh",@"Eighth",@"Nineth",@"Tenth",nil] 

    if (indexPath.row % 2) {
        UITextField *textField = [[UITextField alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(0, 0, 200, 21)];
        textField.placeholder = @"Enter Text";
        textField.text = [inputTexts objectAtIndex:indexPath.row/2];
        textField.tag = indexPath.row/2;
        textField.delegate = self;
        cell.accessoryView = textField;
        [textField release];
    } else
        cell.accessoryView = nil;

    cell.selectionStyle = UITableViewCellSelectionStyleNone;
    return cell;        

- (BOOL)textFieldShouldEndEditing:(UITextField *)textField {
    [inputTexts replaceObjectAtIndex:textField.tag withObject:textField.text];
    return YES;

- (void)viewDidLoad {
    inputTexts = [[NSMutableArray alloc] initWithObjects:@"",@"",@"",@"",@"",nil];
    [super viewDidLoad];

@Tim Potter 2011-01-14 03:20:42

Is this snippet missing a [inputTexts release] somewhere? Possibly in the viewDidUnload method, otherwise there is a memory leak.

@Schultz9999 2013-08-28 22:36:35

Old post but... I can't make font of the text box smaller or bigger. Is it possible?

@Kaptain 2015-08-21 13:38:49

Can somebody provide an Swift snippet solution?

@lostInTransit 2009-01-05 08:36:51

This should not be difficult. When creating a cell for your table, add a UITextField object to the cell's content view

UITextField *txtField = [[UITextField alloc] initWithFrame....]
[cell.contentView addSubview:txtField]

Set the delegate of the UITextField as self (ie your viewcontroller) Give a tag to the text field so you can identify which textfield was edited in your delegate methods. The keyboard should pop up when the user taps the text field. I got it working like this. Hope it helps.

@Ben Kreeger 2012-10-12 13:23:40

I happen to like this solution. If you setup your text field ahead of time with CGRectZero as a frame, make sure you setup your text field's frame before you add it to the view hierarchy. Getting the cell's content view's frame property is especially helpful for such a task.

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