how to implement a pop up dialog box in iOS


After a calculation, I want to display a pop up or alert box conveying a message to the user. Does anyone know where I can find more information about this?

10/23/2016 3:40:19 PM

Accepted Answer

Yup, a UIAlertView is probably what you're looking for. Here's an example:

UIAlertView *alert = [[UIAlertView alloc] initWithTitle:@"No network connection" 
                                                message:@"You must be connected to the internet to use this app." 
[alert show];
[alert release];

If you want to do something more fancy, say display a custom UI in your UIAlertView, you can subclass UIAlertView and put in custom UI components in the init method. If you want to respond to a button press after a UIAlertView appears, you can set the delegate above and implement the - (void)alertView:(UIAlertView *)alertView clickedButtonAtIndex:(NSInteger)buttonIndex method.

You might also want to look at the UIActionSheet.

6/1/2017 9:23:49 AM

Since the release of iOS 8, UIAlertView is now deprecated; UIAlertController is the replacement.

Here is a sample of how it looks in Swift:

let alert = UIAlertController(title: "Hello!", message: "Message", preferredStyle: UIAlertControllerStyle.alert)
let alertAction = UIAlertAction(title: "OK!", style: UIAlertActionStyle.default)
    (UIAlertAction) -> Void in
present(alert, animated: true)
    () -> Void in

As you can see, the API allows us to implement callbacks for both the action and when we are presenting the alert, which is quite handy!

Updated for Swift 4.2

let alert = UIAlertController(title: "Hello!", message: "Message", preferredStyle: UIAlertController.Style.alert)
let alertAction = UIAlertAction(title: "OK!", style: UIAlertAction.Style.default)
            (UIAlertAction) -> Void in
        present(alert, animated: true)
            () -> Void in

Updated for iOS 8.0

Since iOS 8.0, you will need to use UIAlertController as the following:

    UIAlertController* alert = [UIAlertController

    UIAlertAction* defaultAction = [UIAlertAction 
          actionWithTitle:@"OK" style:UIAlertActionStyleDefault
         handler:^(UIAlertAction * action) {}];

    [alert addAction:defaultAction];
    [self presentViewController:alert animated:YES completion:nil];

Where self in my example is a UIViewController, which implements "presentViewController" method for a popup.



For Swift 3 & Swift 4 :

Since UIAlertView is deprecated, there is the good way for display Alert on Swift 3

let alertController = UIAlertController(title: NSLocalizedString("No network connection",comment:""), message: NSLocalizedString("connected to the internet to use this app.",comment:""), preferredStyle: .alert)
let defaultAction = UIAlertAction(title:     NSLocalizedString("Ok", comment: ""), style: .default, handler: { (pAlert) in
                //Do whatever you want here
self.present(alertController, animated: true, completion: nil)

Deprecated :

This is the swift version inspired by the checked response :

Display AlertView :

   let alert = UIAlertView(title: "No network connection", 
                           message: "You must be connected to the internet to use this app.", delegate: nil, cancelButtonTitle: "Ok")
    alert.delegate = self

Add the delegate to your view controller :

class AgendaViewController: UIViewController, UIAlertViewDelegate

When user click on button, this code will be executed :

func alertView(alertView: UIAlertView, clickedButtonAtIndex buttonIndex: Int) {


Although I already wrote an overview of different kinds of popups, most people just need an Alert.

How to implement a popup dialog box

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class ViewController: UIViewController {

    @IBAction func showAlertButtonTapped(_ sender: UIButton) {

        // create the alert
        let alert = UIAlertController(title: "My Title", message: "This is my message.", preferredStyle: UIAlertController.Style.alert)

        // add an action (button)
        alert.addAction(UIAlertAction(title: "OK", style: UIAlertAction.Style.default, handler: nil))

        // show the alert
        self.present(alert, animated: true, completion: nil)

My fuller answer is here.


Here is C# version in Xamarin.iOS

var alert = new UIAlertView("Title - Hey!", "Message - Hello iOS!", null, "Ok");

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