didSelectAnnotationView – Handle User Tap Event on MKAnnotationView

In this Swift code example we will create MKMapView programmatically and will handle an event when user taps on MKAnnotationView on a MapView .

didSelectAnnotationView example in Swift

func mapView(mapView: MKMapView, didSelectAnnotationView view: MKAnnotationView)
        if let annotationTitle = view.annotation?.title
            print("User tapped on annotation with title: \(annotationTitle!)")

Below is a complete code example that demonstrates how to:

  • Create MKMapView programmatically,
  • Determine user’s current location
  • Set current region on the map
  • Create MKPointAnnotation with custom title
  • Drop MKPointAnnotation as a Pin at user’s current location
  • Handle an event(didSelectAnnotationView) when user taps on a MKAnnotationView

MapView didSelectAnnotationView – Complete Code Example in Swift.

Drop a Pin(MKPointAnnotation) on MapView at user’s current location and handle an event when user selects an annotation view.

import UIKit
import CoreLocation
import MapKit

class ViewController: UIViewController, MKMapViewDelegate, CLLocationManagerDelegate {
    var locationManager:CLLocationManager!
    var mapView:MKMapView!
    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.
    override func viewWillAppear(animated: Bool) {
        // Create and Add MapView to our main view
    override func viewDidAppear(animated: Bool) {
    func createMapView()
        mapView = MKMapView()
        mapView.delegate = self
        let leftMargin:CGFloat = 10
        let topMargin:CGFloat = 60
        let mapWidth:CGFloat = view.frame.size.width-20
        let mapHeight:CGFloat = 300
        mapView.frame = CGRectMake(leftMargin, topMargin, mapWidth, mapHeight)
        mapView.mapType = MKMapType.Standard
        mapView.zoomEnabled = true
        mapView.scrollEnabled = true
        // Or, if needed, we can position map in the center of the view
        mapView.center = view.center
    func determineCurrentLocation()
        locationManager = CLLocationManager()
        locationManager.delegate = self
        locationManager.desiredAccuracy = kCLLocationAccuracyBest
        if CLLocationManager.locationServicesEnabled() {
    func locationManager(manager: CLLocationManager, didUpdateLocations locations: [CLLocation]) {
        let userLocation:CLLocation = locations[0] as CLLocation
        // Call stopUpdatingLocation() to stop listening for location updates,
        // other wise this function will be called every time when user location changes.
        let center = CLLocationCoordinate2D(latitude: userLocation.coordinate.latitude, longitude: userLocation.coordinate.longitude)
        let region = MKCoordinateRegion(center: center, span: MKCoordinateSpan(latitudeDelta: 0.01, longitudeDelta: 0.01))
        mapView.setRegion(region, animated: true)
        // Drop a pin at user's Current Location
        let myAnnotation: MKPointAnnotation = MKPointAnnotation()
        myAnnotation.coordinate = CLLocationCoordinate2DMake(userLocation.coordinate.latitude, userLocation.coordinate.longitude);
        myAnnotation.title = "Current location"
    func locationManager(manager: CLLocationManager, didFailWithError error: NSError)
        print("Error \(error)")
    func mapView(mapView: MKMapView, didSelectAnnotationView view: MKAnnotationView)
        if let annotationTitle = view.annotation?.title
            print("User tapped on annotation with title: \(annotationTitle!)")

CoreLocation and MKMapKit Video Tutorial

The below video tutorial will demonstrate how to create MapView programmatically as well as how to create MapView using the Storyboard and will walk you through the source code that determines user’s current location in greater details.


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