2.19. Accepting User Text Input with UITextField


You want to accept text input in your user interface.


Use the UITextField class.


A text field is very much like a label in that it can display text, but a text field can also accept text entry at runtime. Figure 2-54 shows two text fields in the Twitter section of the Settings app on an iPhone.

Username and password text fields allowing text entry

Figure 2-54. Username and password text fields allowing text entry


A text field allows only a single line of text to be input/displayed. As a result, the default height of a text field is only 31 points. In Interface Builder, this height cannot be modified, but if you are creating your text field in code, you can change the text field’s height. A change in height, though, will not change the number of lines you can render in a text field, which is always 1.

Let’s start with the header file of our view controller to define our text field:

#import <UIKit/UIKit.h>

@interface Accepting_User_Text_Input_with_UITextFieldViewController
           : UIViewController

@property (nonatomic, strong) UITextField *myTextField;


And then let’s create the text field:

- (void)viewDidLoad{
  [super viewDidLoad];

  self.view.backgroundColor = [UIColor whiteColor];
  CGRect textFieldFrame = CGRectMake(0.0f,

  self.myTextField = [[UITextField alloc]
  self.myTextField.borderStyle = UITextBorderStyleRoundedRect ...

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