Inline UIDatePicker or DateCell Example in Swift

With this blog post, I wanted to share with you a code example as we as a few video tutorials that demonstrate how to add inline UIDatePicker or DateCell into a UITableView in Swift.

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

I googled around to see if there is already an implementation of DateCell in Swift and I have found quite a few projects. Since I am a big supporter of the open-source movement I preferred to pick one that is already available and used it in this video tutorial. 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 the DateCell project a bit confusing and I think there is an easier way of achieving the same results.

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

Below is a complete code example in Swift as well as three video tutorials that demonstrate how to:

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

Inline UIDatePicker or DateCell Source Code in Swift

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: Any]] = []
    var dateFormatter = DateFormatter()
    // 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.
        myTableView = UITableView()
        myTableView.delegate = self 
        // setup our data source
        let itemOne = [kTitleKey : "Tap a cell to change its date:"]
        let itemTwo = [kTitleKey : "Start Date", kDateKey : NSDate()] as [String : Any]
        let itemThree = [kTitleKey : "End Date", kDateKey : NSDate()] as [String : Any]
        let itemFour = [kTitleKey : "(other item1)"]
        let itemFive = [kTitleKey : "(other item2)"]
        let itemSix = [kTitleKey : "(other item3)"]
        dataArray = [itemOne, itemFour, itemFive, itemSix, itemTwo, itemThree]
        dateFormatter.dateStyle = .medium // show short-style date format
        dateFormatter.timeStyle = .short
        // 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
        NotificationCenter.default.addObserver(self, selector: #selector(self.localeChanged), name: NSLocale.currentLocaleDidChangeNotification, object: nil)
    // MARK: - Locale
    /*! Responds to region format or locale changes.
    @objc 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, cellForRowAt indexPath: IndexPath) -> UITableViewCell
        var cell: UITableViewCell?
        var cellID = kOtherCellID
        if indexPathHasPicker(indexPath: indexPath) {
            // the indexPath is the one containing the inline date picker
            cellID = kDatePickerCellID     // the current/opened date picker cell
        } else if indexPathHasDate(indexPath: indexPath) {
            // the indexPath is one that contains the date information
            cellID = kDateCellID       // the start/end date cells
        cell = tableView.dequeueReusableCell(withIdentifier: 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.string(from: itemData[kDateKey] as! Date)
        } 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, didSelectRowAt indexPath: IndexPath) {
        let cell = tableView.cellForRow(at: indexPath)
        if cell?.reuseIdentifier == kDateCellID {
            //displayInlineDatePickerForRowAtIndexPath(indexPath: indexPath) } else { tableView.deselectRow(at: indexPath, animated: true)
    func tableView(_ tableView: UITableView, heightForRowAt indexPath: IndexPath) -> CGFloat{
        return (indexPathHasPicker(indexPath: 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: IndexPath) -> 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: IndexPath) -> 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: IndexPath) -> Bool {
        // 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.cellForRow(at: IndexPath(row: targetedRow, section: 0))
        let checkDatePicker = checkDatePickerCell?.viewWithTag(kDatePickerTag)
        hasDatePicker = checkDatePicker != nil
        return hasDatePicker
    @IBAction func dateAction(sender: UIDatePicker) {
        var targetedCellIndexPath: IndexPath?
        if self.hasInlineDatePicker() {
            // inline date picker: update the cell's date "above" the date picker cell
            targetedCellIndexPath = IndexPath(row: datePickerIndexPath!.row - 1, section: 0)
        } else {
            // external date picker: update the current "selected" cell's date
            targetedCellIndexPath = self.myTableView.indexPathForSelectedRow!
        let cell = self.myTableView.cellForRow(at: targetedCellIndexPath!)
        let targetedDatePicker = sender
        // update our data model
        var itemData = dataArray[targetedCellIndexPath!.row]
        itemData[kDateKey] = as AnyObject
        dataArray[targetedCellIndexPath!.row] = itemData
        // update the cell's date string
        cell?.detailTextLabel?.text = dateFormatter.string(from:
    @IBAction func doneButtonTapped(sender: AnyObject) {
        let targetedCellIndexPath =  IndexPath(row:4, section: 0)
        let cell = myTableView.cellForRow(at: targetedCellIndexPath as IndexPath)
        let cellLabelText  = cell?.textLabel!.text
        let dateString = cell?.detailTextLabel!.text
        print("\(cellLabelText!): \(dateString!)")
        let myDateFormatter = DateFormatter()
        myDateFormatter.dateFormat = "MM/dd/yy, h:mm a"
        myDateFormatter.timeZone = NSTimeZone.local
        let providedDate = dateString!)! as Date
        print(myDateFormatter.string(from: providedDate))

Video Demonstration

Below are video tutorials that demonstrate how to add an inline UIDatePicker or DateCell into your UITableView.

Inline UIDatePicker/DateCell – Building User Interface

Inline UIDatePicker/DateCell – Adding Swift Code

Inline UIDatePicker/DateCell – Customize

I hope this code example was helpful to you!

For more code examples in Swift, please check this page:  Swift code examples.

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