Add Subview and Remove subview example in Swift

In this video I am going to show you how to add custom user interface as a subview and how to remove it from super view on a button tap event.

Also, in this video I am using the project I have created earlier. You can watch video tutorial and learn how I’ve created Custom User Interface in XIB file here: Creating Custom User Interface with XIB in Xcode 6 and Swift

Source code created during the video

import UIKit
class ViewController: UIViewController {

var mySubview:MyCustomView!

override func viewDidLoad() {
// Do any additional setup after loading the view, typically from a nib.


override func didReceiveMemoryWarning() {
// Dispose of any resources that can be recreated.

@IBAction func showSubviewButtonTapped(sender: AnyObject) {

if(mySubview != nil && !mySubview.view.hidden)

mySubview = MyCustomView(frame: CGRect(x:10,y:300, width:275, height:147))

mySubview.titleLabel.text = “My custom label text”
mySubview.myButton.setTitle(“Hide”, forState: UIControlState.Normal)
mySubview.myButton.addTarget(self, action: “myHideButtonTapped:”, forControlEvents: UIControlEvents.TouchUpInside)

let catImage = UIImage(named: “cat1.jpeg”)
mySubview.myImage.image = catImage



func myHideButtonTapped(sender:UIButton)


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  • Vince

    Hi, I am researching about adding a UISegmentedControl inside UITableViewHeaderFooterView. I am hoping your tutorial will be the final puzzle. Currently, I have been able to add a UILabel without using a Subview. The problem is I just can’t add a UISegmentedControl. So I am thinking I need to create a custom Subview and include a UISegmentedControl in it, and then add the Subview into the UITableViewHeaderFooterView. 🙂 I hope that will work.

  • Vince

    I am stuck on the MyCustomView.swift file error–pls see attached screenshot. And if I change it to “as!”, the error disappears but then I get two same errors on the two super.init() lines. This is the error: “Property ‘self.view’ not initialised at super.init call. Any tips?

    • Hmmm…

      let view = nib.instantiateWithOwner(self, options: nil)[0] as! UIView
      return view

      Works well for me…

  • Alex

    I have a EXC_BAD_ACCESS when: let nib = UINib(nibName: “CustomView”, bundle: bundle) called