How to count number of characters in Text box while typing in iOS?

iOSApps/ApplicationsMobile Development

As an iOS developer one should know how to manipulate with text field and it’s operation, Apple has already provided UITextFieldDelegate protocol.

To read more about it https://developer.apple.com/documentation/uikit/uitextfielddelegate

You may have seen may application where forms are involved, and you see number of characters you’re entering when you type specially on the forms where characters are restricted to certain count.

In this post we’re going to see the same how to display the character count, when you type in TextField.

Step 1 − Open Xcode → New Project → Single View Application → Let’s name it “TextFieldCount”

Step 2 − Open Main.storyboard and add TextField and label as shown, create @IBOutlet for label and text field and name them as lblCount, txtInputBox respectively.

Step 3 − In ViewController.swift confirm to protocol UITextFieldDelegate and the the delegate with textInputBox to self.

class ViewController: UIViewController, UITextFieldDelegate {
txtInputBox.delegate = self

Step 4 − Implement the delegate shouldChangeCharactersIn and write following code inside it.

func textField(_ textField: UITextField, shouldChangeCharactersIn range: NSRange, replacementString string: String) -> Bool {
   if(textField == txtInputBox){
      let strLength = textField.text?.count ?? 0
      let lngthToAdd = string.count
      let lengthCount = strLength + lngthToAdd
      self.lblCount.text = "\(lengthCount)"
   }
   return true
}

Step 5 − Run the application, For final code,

Example

import UIKit
class ViewController: UIViewController, UITextFieldDelegate {
   @IBOutlet var txtInputBox: UITextField!
   @IBOutlet var lblCount: UILabel!
   override func viewDidLoad() {
      super.viewDidLoad()
      txtInputBox.delegate = self
   }
   func textField(_ textField: UITextField, shouldChangeCharactersIn range: NSRange, replacementString string: String) -> Bool {
      if(textField == txtInputBox){
         let strLength = textField.text?.count ?? 0
         let lngthToAdd = string.count
         let lengthCount = strLength + lngthToAdd
         self.lblCount.text = "\(lengthCount)"
      }
      return true
   }
}

Output

raja
Published on 29-Jul-2019 10:39:47
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