How to create a multiline UITextfield?


I am developing an application where user has to write some information. For this purpose I need a UITextField which is multi-line (in general UITextField is a single line).

As I'm Googling I find a answer of using UITextView instead of UITextfield for this purpose.

12/17/2015 6:45:24 PM

Accepted Answer

UITextField is specifically one-line only.

Your Google search is correct, you need to use UITextView instead of UITextField for display and editing of multiline text.

In Interface Builder, add a UITextView where you want it and select the "editable" box. It will be multiline by default.

4/4/2014 2:08:41 PM

You can fake a UITextField using UITextView. The problem you'll have is that you lose the place holder functionality.

If you choose to use a UITextView and need the placeholder, do this:

In your viewDidLoad set the color and text to placeholders:

myTxtView.textColor = .lightGray
myTxtView.text = "Type your thoughts here..."

Then make the placeholder disappear when your UITextView is selected:

func textViewDidBeginEditing (textView: UITextView) {
    if myTxtView.textColor.textColor == ph_TextColor && myTxtView.isFirstResponder() {
        myTxtView.text = nil
        myTxtView.textColor = .white

When the user finishes editing, ensure there's a value. If there isn't, add the placeholder again:

func textViewDidEndEditing (textView: UITextView) {
    if myTxtView.text.isEmpty || myTxtView.text == "" {
        myTxtView.textColor = .lightGray
        myTxtView.text = "Type your thoughts here..."

Other features you might need to fake:

UITextField's often capitalize every letter, you can add that feature to UITableView:

myTxtView.autocapitalizationType = .words

UITextField's don't usually scroll:

myTxtView.scrollEnabled = false

Ok I did it with some trick ;) First build a UITextField and increased it's size like this :

CGRect frameRect = textField.frame;
        frameRect.size.height = 53;
        textField.frame = frameRect;

Then build a UITextView exactly in the same area that u made my UITextField, and deleted its background color. Now it looks like that u have a multiple lines TextField !


Besides from the multiple line behaviour, the main difference between UITextView and UITextField is that the UITextView does not propose a placeholder. To bypass this limitation, you can use a UITextView with a "fake placeholder."

See this SO question for details: Placeholder in UITextView.


Yes, a UITextView is what you're looking for. You'll have to deal with some things differently (like the return key) but you can add text to it, and it will allow you to scroll up and down if there's too much text inside.

This link has info about making a screen to enter data:

create a data entry screen


If you must have a UITextField with 2 lines of text, one option is to add a UILabel as a subview of the UITextField for the second line of text. I have a UITextField in my app that users often do not realize is editable by tapping, and I wanted to add some small subtitle text that says "Tap to Edit" to the UITextField.

CGFloat tapLlblHeight = 10;
UILabel *tapEditLbl = [[UILabel alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(20, textField.frame.size.height - tapLlblHeight - 2, 70, tapLlblHeight)];
tapEditLbl.backgroundColor = [UIColor clearColor];
tapEditLbl.textColor = [UIColor whiteColor];
tapEditLbl.text = @"Tap to Edit";

[textField addSubview:tapEditLbl];

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