BMXSwipableCell 1.2.6

BMXSwipableCell 1.2.6

LangLanguage Obj-CObjective C
License MIT
ReleasedLast Release Dec 2014

Maintained by Massimiliano Bigatti.

  • By
  • Massimiliano Bigatti

A custom UITableViewCell that supports cell dragging gesture to reveal a custom menu of buttons or other views. It supports:

  • fully customizable UIView to use as a canvas for custom buttons and views;
  • Auto Layout;
  • storyboards;
  • easy cell reuse;
  • highlight / unhighlight of cells;
  • selection / deselection of cells;
  • normal and edit mode;
  • accessory views;
  • compatible with iOS 7 and 8.

BMXSwipableCell try to mimic the original behaviour of iOS7 Mail App by all aspects.


BMXSwipableCell is storyboard-friendly as does not implements cell contents on its own but uses the elements defined in Interface Builder. It is of course possible to implement the content by code.


BMXSwipableCell is generic in terms of what to show when a cell is swiped. It could be two buttons, one buttons or an entirely different content. For this reason BMXSwipableCell does not implement "More" and "Delete" buttons on its own, but it exports a basement view, that is the view underneath the original content view defined in Interface Builder. In tableView:cellForRowAtIndexPath it is then possible to add the desidered buttons or view.



Drag BMXSwipableCellDemo/BMXSwipableCell folder into your project and add it to your targets.


  1. If you're using Interface Builder, define the Custom Class of the cell as BMXSwipableCell. If you're going by code, register BMXSwipableCell with your UITableView.
  2. Implement the tableView:cellForRowAtIndexPath method and configure the cell as desired. Here it is done by a category:
- (UITableViewCell *)tableView:(UITableView *)tableView 
         cellForRowAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath 

    BMXSwipableCell *cell = (BMXSwipableCell *)
        [tableView dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier: @"Cell"
                                        forIndexPath: indexPath];

    [cell configureCellForItem: [_data objectAtIndex: indexPath.row]];

    return cell;

Before adding subviews to the basement you can check if the cell was already initialized using the property basementConfigured (cell that get reused can already have the custom basement content):

@implementation BMXSwipableCell (ConfigureCell)

- (void)configureCellForItem:(BMXDataItem*)item
    CGFloat cellHeight = CGRectGetHeight(self.bounds);
    CGFloat x = self.basementVisibleWidth - cellHeight * 2;

    // configure cell only if not already done
    if (!self.basementConfigured) {    
        // first button...

        // delete button
        UIButton *deleteButton = [UIButton buttonWithType:UIButtonTypeCustom];
        deleteButton.backgroundColor = 
            [UIColor colorWithRed:1.0f green:0.231f blue:0.188f alpha:1.0f];
        deleteButton.frame = CGRectMake(x + cellHeight, 0, cellHeight, cellHeight);
        [deleteButton setTitle:@"Delete" forState:UIControlStateNormal];
        [deleteButton setTitleColor:[UIColor whiteColor] 
                            forState: UIControlStateNormal];
        [deleteButton addTarget: self
                         action: @selector(userPressedDeleteButton:)
               forControlEvents: UIControlEventTouchUpInside];

        [self.basementView addSubview: deleteButton];

    // configure cell contents

//... more
  1. Add few methods to your UITableViewController / UITableViewDelegate to manage automatic hiding of basements when device is rotated or when the list is scrolled:
- (void)willRotateToInterfaceOrientation:(UIInterfaceOrientation)toInterfaceOrientation 

    [super willRotateToInterfaceOrientation: toInterfaceOrientation
                                   duration: duration];

    [BMXSwipableCell coverBasementOfAllCells];

- (void)scrollViewWillBeginDragging:(UIScrollView *)scrollView
    [BMXSwipableCell coverBasementOfAllCells];

This code is also available in the UITableViewController+BMXSwipableCellSupport category for your convenience.

Check out the sample project for a complete usage example.

Notes about Interface Builder

  1. Remember to set Custom Class to BMXSwipableCell.
  2. To always get correct background colors (both in normal and editing modes), configure the Background property in both cell and content view.