Reusable XIB's with dynamic size
  • Written by Sam
  • February 11th, 2016
  • Subject: Code

Reusable XIB’s with dynamic size

  • Sam
  • darkFunction
  • 2016/2/11
  • Code
  • Published

Quick reference

1: Create your view

  • Create XIB file. Add your view to XIB.

  • Create corresponding UIView class, and inherit from UTXibView

    class UTXibView: UIView {
        required init?(coder aDecoder: NSCoder) {
            super.init(coder: aDecoder)
        override init(frame: CGRect) {
            super.init(frame: frame)
        func initializeSubviews() {
            let viewName = String(self.dynamicType)
            let view: UIView = NSBundle.mainBundle().loadNibNamed(
                owner: self,
                options: nil)[0] as! UIView
  • Set ’Files owner’ in XIB to your custom class name. Do not set the class of the view itself.

  • Set outlets etc.

2: Add your view to storyboard

  • Add placeholder view to controller on storyboard, set the class type to the corresponding class

  • Setup constraints. For dynamic width/height, see next step

3: Dynamic size

  • On storyboard, select your view placeholder. Remove height / width constraint as desired.

  • In size inspector, change Intrinsic Size from Default (System defined) to Placeholder

  • In your view class, implement intrinsicContentSize()

  • Whenever your view changes its own size, have it call invalidateIntrinsicContentSize(). This will propagate changes up the view hierarchy and cause the controller’s view in your storyboard to relayout automatically.

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