UILabel centered text – getting the text’s rect


I recently had a section of user interface where I had a UILabel that took up an iPhone’s full width. It contained text which would be dynamic over time, meaning that the text would update at times. I wanted to place an image icon beside the first character of the label, but I needed to know where to place it. I had done it in the past but honestly forgot exactly how to do it.

Kyle Sluder from the Apple Cocoa-Dev list reminded me what I should be looking for.


Doh! I should have decided to RTFM — read the documentation. You can get a rect for the label, but you can’t use all of it for positioning. Here is sample code in how to get the job done.

let label = UILabel(frame: CGRect(x: 0, y: 100, width: self.view.frame.size.width, height: 30))
label.textAlignment = .center
label.font = UIFont.systemFont(ofSize: 16)
label.numberOfLines = 1
label.text = "This show is crazy."
let rect:CGRect = label.textRect(forBounds: label.bounds, limitedToNumberOfLines: 1)
let v = UIView(frame: CGRect(x: rect.origin.x, y: label.frame.origin.y, width: rect.width, height: label.frame.height))
v.backgroundColor = UIColor.red.withAlphaComponent(0.3)

Pretty easy. I just forgot how to do it. This is for the whole text, not substrings within it.


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