Inline UIDatePicker or DateCell Example in Swift

With this blog post I am going to share with you how to add inline UIDatePicker or DateCell into your UITableView.

Originally the DateCell example was implemented by Apple as an Objective C project and is available for download here: Apple DateCell.

I googled around to see if there is already an implementation of DateCell in Swift language and have found quite a few projects already.  And since I am a big supporter of open source movement I preferred to pick one already available out there and used it in this video tutorial. And the reason I have selected the project is because it is the most identical Objective C to Swift conversion of Apple’s DateCell project I could find. So I picked it. Although, honestly I have found Apple’s implementation of DateCell project a bit confusing and think there is an easier way of achieving same results.

Here is how the final example will look like when we build and run our app:

Inline UIDatePicker example in Swift
Inline UIDatePicker example

Below are 3 video tutorials and a complete source code that demonstrate how to:

  • Build user interface to make inline UIDatePicker work with UITableView
  • Add Swift code from DateCell project
  • Customize UITableView to show how to add inline UIDatePicker to other table cells, how to change date format and how to get the selected date and time and convert it into NSDate object for further use.

Inline UIDatePicker/DateCell – Building User Interface

Inline UIDatePicker/DateCell – Adding Swift Code

Inline UIDatePicker/DateCell – Customize


Inline UIDatePicker or DateCell Source Code in Swift

You can download source code from github page:

import UIKit

class ViewController: UIViewController, UITableViewDataSource, UITableViewDelegate {

    let kPickerAnimationDuration = 0.40 // duration for the animation to slide the date picker into view
    let kDatePickerTag           = 99   // view tag identifiying the date picker view
    let kTitleKey = "title" // key for obtaining the data source item's title
    let kDateKey  = "date"  // key for obtaining the data source item's date value
    // keep track of which rows have date cells
    let kDateStartRow = 4
    let kDateEndRow   = 5
    let kDateCellID       = "dateCell";       // the cells with the start or end date
    let kDatePickerCellID = "datePickerCell"; // the cell containing the date picker
    let kOtherCellID      = "otherCell";      // the remaining cells at the end
    var dataArray: [[String: AnyObject]] = []
    var dateFormatter = NSDateFormatter()
    // keep track which indexPath points to the cell with UIDatePicker
    var datePickerIndexPath: NSIndexPath?
    var pickerCellRowHeight: CGFloat = 216
    @IBOutlet weak var myTableView: UITableView!
    override func viewDidLoad() {
        // Do any additional setup after loading the view, typically from a nib.
        // setup our data source
        let itemOne = [kTitleKey : "Tap a cell to change its date:"]
        let itemTwo = [kTitleKey : "Start Date", kDateKey : NSDate()]
        let itemThree = [kTitleKey : "End Date", kDateKey : NSDate()]
        let itemFour = [kTitleKey : "(other item1)"]
        let itemFive = [kTitleKey : "(other item2)"]
        let itemSix = [kTitleKey : "(other item3)"]
        dataArray = [itemOne, itemFour, itemFive, itemSix, itemTwo, itemThree]
        dateFormatter.dateStyle = .MediumStyle // show short-style date format
        dateFormatter.timeStyle = .ShortStyle
        // if the locale changes while in the background, we need to be notified so we can update the date
        // format in the table view cells
        NSNotificationCenter.defaultCenter().addObserver(self, selector: #selector(ViewController.localeChanged(_:)), name: NSCurrentLocaleDidChangeNotification, object: nil)
    // MARK: - Locale
    /*! Responds to region format or locale changes.
    func localeChanged(notif: NSNotification) {
        // the user changed the locale (region format) in Settings, so we are notified here to
        // update the date format in the table view cells

    override func didReceiveMemoryWarning() {
        // Dispose of any resources that can be recreated.
    func tableView(tableView: UITableView, numberOfRowsInSection section: Int) -> Int
        if hasInlineDatePicker() {
            // we have a date picker, so allow for it in the number of rows in this section
            return dataArray.count + 1;
        return dataArray.count;
    func tableView(tableView: UITableView, cellForRowAtIndexPath indexPath: NSIndexPath) -> UITableViewCell
        var cell: UITableViewCell?
        var cellID = kOtherCellID
        if indexPathHasPicker(indexPath) {
            // the indexPath is the one containing the inline date picker
            cellID = kDatePickerCellID     // the current/opened date picker cell
        } else if indexPathHasDate(indexPath) {
            // the indexPath is one that contains the date information
            cellID = kDateCellID       // the start/end date cells
        cell = tableView.dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier(cellID)
        if indexPath.row == 0 {
            // we decide here that first cell in the table is not selectable (it's just an indicator)
            cell?.selectionStyle = .None;
        // if we have a date picker open whose cell is above the cell we want to update,
        // then we have one more cell than the model allows
        var modelRow = indexPath.row
        if (datePickerIndexPath != nil && datePickerIndexPath?.row <= indexPath.row) { modelRow -= 1 } let itemData = dataArray[modelRow] if cellID == kDateCellID { // we have either start or end date cells, populate their date field // cell?.textLabel?.text = itemData[kTitleKey] as? String cell?.detailTextLabel?.text = self.dateFormatter.stringFromDate(itemData[kDateKey] as! NSDate) } else if cellID == kOtherCellID { // this cell is a non-date cell, just assign it's text label // cell?.textLabel?.text = itemData[kTitleKey] as? String } return cell! } func tableView(tableView: UITableView, didSelectRowAtIndexPath indexPath: NSIndexPath) { let cell = tableView.cellForRowAtIndexPath(indexPath) if cell?.reuseIdentifier == kDateCellID { displayInlineDatePickerForRowAtIndexPath(indexPath) } else { tableView.deselectRowAtIndexPath(indexPath, animated: true) } } func tableView(tableView: UITableView, heightForRowAtIndexPath indexPath: NSIndexPath) -> CGFloat
       return (indexPathHasPicker(indexPath) ? pickerCellRowHeight : tableView.rowHeight)
    /*! Determines if the UITableViewController has a UIDatePicker in any of its cells.
    func hasInlineDatePicker() -> Bool {
        return datePickerIndexPath != nil
    /*! Determines if the given indexPath points to a cell that contains the UIDatePicker.
     @param indexPath The indexPath to check if it represents a cell with the UIDatePicker.
    func indexPathHasPicker(indexPath: NSIndexPath) -> Bool {
        return hasInlineDatePicker() && datePickerIndexPath?.row == indexPath.row
    /*! Determines if the given indexPath points to a cell that contains the start/end dates.
     @param indexPath The indexPath to check if it represents start/end date cell.
    func indexPathHasDate(indexPath: NSIndexPath) -> Bool {
        var hasDate = false
        if (indexPath.row == kDateStartRow) || (indexPath.row == kDateEndRow || (hasInlineDatePicker() && (indexPath.row == kDateEndRow + 1))) {
            hasDate = true
        return hasDate

    /*! Reveals the date picker inline for the given indexPath, called by "didSelectRowAtIndexPath".
     @param indexPath The indexPath to reveal the UIDatePicker.
    func displayInlineDatePickerForRowAtIndexPath(indexPath: NSIndexPath) {
        // display the date picker inline with the table content
        var before = false // indicates if the date picker is below "indexPath", help us determine which row to reveal
        if hasInlineDatePicker() {
            before = datePickerIndexPath?.row < indexPath.row } let sameCellClicked = (datePickerIndexPath?.row == indexPath.row + 1) // remove any date picker cell if it exists if self.hasInlineDatePicker() { self.myTableView.deleteRowsAtIndexPaths([NSIndexPath(forRow: datePickerIndexPath!.row, inSection: 0)], withRowAnimation: .Fade) datePickerIndexPath = nil } if !sameCellClicked { // hide the old date picker and display the new one let rowToReveal = (before ? indexPath.row - 1 : indexPath.row) let indexPathToReveal = NSIndexPath(forRow: rowToReveal, inSection: 0) toggleDatePickerForSelectedIndexPath(indexPathToReveal) datePickerIndexPath = NSIndexPath(forRow: indexPathToReveal.row + 1, inSection: 0) } // always deselect the row containing the start or end date self.myTableView.deselectRowAtIndexPath(indexPath, animated:true) self.myTableView.endUpdates() // inform our date picker of the current date to match the current cell updateDatePicker() } /*! Adds or removes a UIDatePicker cell below the given indexPath. @param indexPath The indexPath to reveal the UIDatePicker. */ func toggleDatePickerForSelectedIndexPath(indexPath: NSIndexPath) { self.myTableView.beginUpdates() let indexPaths = [NSIndexPath(forRow: indexPath.row + 1, inSection: 0)] // check if 'indexPath' has an attached date picker below it if hasPickerForIndexPath(indexPath) { // found a picker below it, so remove it self.myTableView.deleteRowsAtIndexPaths(indexPaths, withRowAnimation: .Fade) } else { // didn't find a picker below it, so we should insert it self.myTableView.insertRowsAtIndexPaths(indexPaths, withRowAnimation: .Fade) } self.myTableView.endUpdates() } /*! Updates the UIDatePicker's value to match with the date of the cell above it. */ func updateDatePicker() { if let indexPath = datePickerIndexPath { let associatedDatePickerCell = self.myTableView.cellForRowAtIndexPath(indexPath) if let targetedDatePicker = associatedDatePickerCell?.viewWithTag(kDatePickerTag) as! UIDatePicker? { let itemData = dataArray[self.datePickerIndexPath!.row - 1] targetedDatePicker.setDate(itemData[kDateKey] as! NSDate, animated: false) } } } /*! Determines if the given indexPath has a cell below it with a UIDatePicker. @param indexPath The indexPath to check if its cell has a UIDatePicker below it. */ func hasPickerForIndexPath(indexPath: NSIndexPath) -> Bool {
        var hasDatePicker = false
        let targetedRow = indexPath.row + 1
        let checkDatePickerCell = self.myTableView.cellForRowAtIndexPath(NSIndexPath(forRow: targetedRow, inSection: 0))
        let checkDatePicker = checkDatePickerCell?.viewWithTag(kDatePickerTag)
        hasDatePicker = checkDatePicker != nil
        return hasDatePicker

    @IBAction func dateAction(sender: UIDatePicker) {
        var targetedCellIndexPath: NSIndexPath?
        if self.hasInlineDatePicker() {
            // inline date picker: update the cell's date "above" the date picker cell
            targetedCellIndexPath = NSIndexPath(forRow: datePickerIndexPath!.row - 1, inSection: 0)
        } else {
            // external date picker: update the current "selected" cell's date
            targetedCellIndexPath = self.myTableView.indexPathForSelectedRow!
        let cell = self.myTableView.cellForRowAtIndexPath(targetedCellIndexPath!)
        let targetedDatePicker = sender
        // update our data model
        var itemData = dataArray[targetedCellIndexPath!.row]
        itemData[kDateKey] =
        dataArray[targetedCellIndexPath!.row] = itemData
        // update the cell's date string
        cell?.detailTextLabel?.text = dateFormatter.stringFromDate(
    @IBAction func doneButtonTapped(sender: AnyObject) {
        let targetedCellIndexPath: NSIndexPath =  NSIndexPath(forRow: 4, inSection: 0)
        let cell = myTableView.cellForRowAtIndexPath(targetedCellIndexPath)
        let cellLabelText  = cell?.textLabel!.text
        let dateString = cell?.detailTextLabel!.text
        print("\(cellLabelText!): \(dateString!)")
        let myDateFormatter = NSDateFormatter()
        myDateFormatter.dateFormat = "MM/dd/yy, h:mm a"
        myDateFormatter.timeZone = NSTimeZone.localTimeZone()
        let providedDate = myDateFormatter.dateFromString(dateString!)! as NSDate


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  • max

    Question regarding the method “numberOfRowsInSection”:

    Why is this method beeing called 3 times in this example?

    Can you explain a little bit more detailed the procedure of the methods that beeing called by the TableView?