Is it possible to use AutoLayout with UITableView's tableHeaderView?

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Since I discovered AutoLayout I use it everywhere, now I'm trying to use it with a tableHeaderView.

I made a subclass of UIView added everything (labels etc...) I wanted with their constraints, then I added this CustomView to the UITableView'tableHeaderView.

Everything works just fine except the UITableView always displays above the CustomView, by above I mean the CustomView is under the UITableView so it can't be seen !

It seems that no matter what I do, the height of the UITableView'tableHeaderView is always 0 (so is the width, x and y).

My question : is it possible at all to accomplish this without setting the frame manually ?

EDIT : The CustomView'subview that I'm using has these constraints :

_title = [[UILabel alloc]init];
_title.text = @"Title";
[self addSubview:_title];
[_title keep:[KeepTopInset rules:@[[KeepEqual must:5]]]]; // title has to stay at least 5 away from the supperview Top
[_title keep:[KeepRightInset rules:@[[KeepMin must:5]]]];
[_title keep:[KeepLeftInset rules:@[[KeepMin must:5]]]];
[_title keep:[KeepBottomInset rules:@[[KeepMin must:5]]]];

I'm using a handy library 'KeepLayout' because writing constraints manually takes forever and way too many line for one single constraint but the methods are self-explaining.

And the UITableView has these constraints :

_tableView = [[UITableView alloc]init];
_tableView.translatesAutoresizingMaskIntoConstraints = NO;
_tableView.delegate = self;
_tableView.dataSource = self;
_tableView.backgroundColor = [UIColor clearColor];
[self.view addSubview:_tableView];
[_tableView keep:[KeepTopInset rules:@[[KeepEqual must:0]]]];// These 4 constraints make the UITableView stays 0 away from the superview top left right and bottom.
[_tableView keep:[KeepLeftInset rules:@[[KeepEqual must:0]]]];
[_tableView keep:[KeepRightInset rules:@[[KeepEqual must:0]]]];
[_tableView keep:[KeepBottomInset rules:@[[KeepEqual must:0]]]];

_detailsView = [[CustomView alloc]init];
_tableView.tableHeaderView = _detailsView;

I don't know if I have to set some constraints directly on the CustomView, I think the height of the CustomView is determined by the constraints on the UILabel "title" in it.

EDIT 2: After another investigation it seems the height and width of the CustomView are correctly calculated, but the top of the CustomView is still at the same level than the top of the UITableView and they move together when I scroll.

I asked and answered a similar question here. In summary, I add the header once and use it to find the required height. That height can then be applied to the header, and the header is set a second time to reflect the change.

- (void)viewDidLoad
    [super viewDidLoad];

    self.header = [[SCAMessageView alloc] init];
    self.header.titleLabel.text = @"Warning";
    self.header.subtitleLabel.text = @"This is a message with enough text to span multiple lines. This text is set at runtime and might be short or long.";

    //set the tableHeaderView so that the required height can be determined
    self.tableView.tableHeaderView = self.header;
    [self.header setNeedsLayout];
    [self.header layoutIfNeeded];
    CGFloat height = [self.header systemLayoutSizeFittingSize:UILayoutFittingCompressedSize].height;

    //update the header's frame and set it again
    CGRect headerFrame = self.header.frame;
    headerFrame.size.height = height;
    self.header.frame = headerFrame;
    self.tableView.tableHeaderView = self.header;

If you have multi-line labels, this also relies on the custom view setting the preferredMaxLayoutWidth of each label:

- (void)layoutSubviews
    [super layoutSubviews];

    self.titleLabel.preferredMaxLayoutWidth = CGRectGetWidth(self.titleLabel.frame);
    self.subtitleLabel.preferredMaxLayoutWidth = CGRectGetWidth(self.subtitleLabel.frame);

or perhaps more generally:

override func layoutSubviews() {
    for view in subviews {
        guard let label = view as? UILabel where label.numberOfLines == 0 else { continue }
        label.preferredMaxLayoutWidth = CGRectGetWidth(label.frame)
Update January 2015

Unfortunately this still seems necessary. Here is a swift version of the layout process:

tableView.tableHeaderView = header
header.frame.size = header.systemLayoutSizeFittingSize(UILayoutFittingCompressedSize)
tableView.tableHeaderView = header

I've found it useful to move this into an extension on UITableView:

extension UITableView {
    //set the tableHeaderView so that the required height can be determined, update the header's frame and set it again
    func setAndLayoutTableHeaderView(header: UIView) {
        self.tableHeaderView = header
        header.frame.size = header.systemLayoutSizeFittingSize(UILayoutFittingCompressedSize)
        self.tableHeaderView = header


let header = SCAMessageView()
header.titleLabel.text = "Warning"
header.subtitleLabel.text = "Warning message here."

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I've been unable to add a header view using constraints (in code). If I give my view a width and/or a height constraint, I get a crash with the message saying:

 "terminating app due to uncaught exception 'NSInternalInconsistencyException', reason: 'Auto Layout still required after executing -layoutSubviews. UITableView's implementation of -layoutSubviews needs to call super."

When I add a view in the storyboard to my table view, it shows no constraints, and it works fine as a header view, so I think that the placement of the header view isn't done using constraints. It doesn't seem to behave like a normal view in that regard.

The width is automatically the width of the table view, the only thing you need to set is the height -- the origin values are ignored, so it doesn't matter what you put in for those. For instance, this worked fine (as does 0,0,0,80 for the rect):

UIView *headerview = [[UIView alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(1000,1000, 0, 80)];
headerview.backgroundColor = [UIColor yellowColor];
self.tableView.tableHeaderView = headerview;

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I saw a lot of methods here doing so much unnecessary stuff, but you don't need that much to use auto layout in the header view. You just have to create you xib file, put your constraints and instantiate it like this:

func loadHeaderView () {
        guard let headerView = Bundle.main.loadNibNamed("CourseSearchHeader", owner: self, options: nil)?[0] as? UIView else {
        headerView.autoresizingMask = .flexibleWidth
        headerView.translatesAutoresizingMaskIntoConstraints = true
        tableView.tableHeaderView = headerView

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Another solution is to dispatch the header view creation to the next main thread call:

- (void)viewDidLoad {
    [super viewDidLoad];

    // ....

    dispatch_async(dispatch_get_main_queue(), ^{
        _profileView = [[MyView alloc] initWithNib:@"MyView.xib"];
        self.tableView.tableHeaderView = self.profileView;

Note: It fix the bug when the loaded view has a fixed height. I haven't tried when the header height only depends on its content.


You can find a cleaner solution to this problem by implementing this function, and calling it in viewDidLayoutSubviews

- (void)viewDidLayoutSubviews {
    [super viewDidLayoutSubviews];

    [self sizeHeaderToFit];

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You can get autolayout to provide you with a size by using the systemLayoutSizeFittingSize method.

You can then use this to create the frame for your application. This technique works whenever you need to know the size of a view that uses autolayout internally.

The code in swift looks like

//Create the view
let tableHeaderView = CustomTableHeaderView()

//Set the content
tableHeaderView.textLabel.text = @"Hello world"

//Ask auto layout for the smallest size that fits my constraints    
let size = tableHeaderView.systemLayoutSizeFittingSize(UILayoutFittingCompressedSize)

//Create a frame    
tableHeaderView.frame = CGRect(origin: CGPoint.zeroPoint, size: size)

//Set the view as the header    
self.tableView.tableHeaderView = self.tableHeaderView

Or in Objective-C

//Create the view
CustomTableHeaderView *header = [[CustomTableHeaderView alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectZero];

//Set the content
header.textLabel.text = @"Hello world";

//Ask auto layout for the smallest size that fits my constraints
CGSize size = [header systemLayoutSizeFittingSize:UILayoutFittingCompressedSize];

//Create a frame
header.frame = CGRectMake(0,0,size.width,size.height);

//Set the view as the header  
self.tableView.tableHeaderView = header

It should also be noted that in this particular instance, overriding requiresConstraintBasedLayout in your subclass, does result in a layout pass being performed, however the results of this layout pass are ignored and the system frame set to the width of the tableView and 0 height.

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  • Yes, it is possible. Can you show the code you're using? It's difficult to advise without knowing what constraints you have set up on the header view.
  • An easy way for you to accomplish this is to add that view in IB to the tableView..just create the view in the same scene containing the tableview and drag it to the table.
  • I'm trying to avoid IB the most I can, so far I didn't have to use it, if I can't get it to work I'll try with IB
  • Apple advises developers to use IB whenever possible when it comes to autolayout. It really helps in avoiding a lot of inconsistency problems.
  • The true complete autolayout solution is here
  • An alternative to using preferredMaxLayoutWidth is adding a width constraint (equal to the table view's width) on the header view prior to using systemLayoutSizeFittingSize:.
  • NOTE: if you experiencing that the header is above the first cells, then you forgot to reset the header property to self.tableView.tableHeaderView
  • Often it amazes me how tricky it can be to do something completely trivial like this.
  • NOTE: If you need to get exact width as tableView, you should get height with required horizontal priority let height = header.systemLayoutSizeFittingSize(CGSizeMake(CGRectGetWidth(self.bounds), 0), withHorizontalFittingPriority: UILayoutPriorityRequired, verticalFittingPriority: UILayoutPriorityFittingSizeLevel).height
  • Just Use header.setNeedsLayout() header.layoutIfNeeded() header.frame.size = header.systemLayoutSizeFitting(UILayoutFittingCompressedSize) self.tableHeaderView = header would work at iOS 10.2
  • I had that exception too but adding a category to UITableView fixed it I found it in that answer :…
  • I'm still gonna try what you suggest, but tomorrow morning, it's 1:34 am I'm going to bed, thank you very much for taking the time to answer ! (But I really want to not specify a height, I would like it to be calculated by the constraints I set up on the label in the CustomView)
  • I've tried it and yeah setting the frame works, but I was looking for a way to avoid setting the frame, I'll keep looking and if I find nothing else I'll accept your answer