UIFloatLabelTextField 1.2.9

UIFloatLabelTextField 1.2.9

LangLanguage Obj-CObjective C
License MIT
ReleasedLast Release Apr 2017

Maintained by Arthur Ariel Sabintsev.

A subclassed UITextField that implements the Float Label UI design pattern.


If you are looking for the UITextView equivalent of this class, please visit my UIFloatLabelTextView repository.


In 2013, Matt D. Smith unveiled the Float Label user interface design pattern. In short, it retains a text field's placeholder above said text field as a floating label. This label is brightly colored when the field is active, and dimly colored when a user has finished editing that field.

Sample Gif of Library in Action

Image credit: Matt D. Smith.


  • Works with all view init styles
    • Visual Formatting Language (for programmatic NSAutoLayout)
    • Manual Frame Initialization
    • Storyboards and Xibs
  • Works with all NSTextAlignments
  • Support for disabling all default UIMenuController options
    • E.g., Paste, Copy, Cut, Select, Select All
  • Animations
    • Animation when toggling UILabel visibility
    • Animation when clearing text



pod 'UIFloatLabelTextField'


Check out UIFloatLabelTextField.h for a full list of editable properties. Also, check out the UIFloatLabelSampleApp for an example implementation of the application.


I want to credit Jared Verdi for developing the first iOS implementation of this pattern in his JVFloatLabeledTextField project. I used it as a reference to make this version, but executed most aspects differently. I also added many other features that I personally needed, and plan on continuing to enhance this library over time.

Created and maintained by

Arthur Ariel Sabintsev


Please refer to the LICENSE file.