sabrefm1 sabrefm1 - 1 month ago 18
Swift Question

Create long press gesture recognizer with annotation pin

What I did so far was create a map.

Then show user location and center it so that map is centered when travelling (car etc)

But now I would like to add a long press gesture so that If a user does the input a pin will be dropped. I have struggled with tutorials and the simulator crashes.

How would I add long press gesture recognizer so that it drops a pin on my mapview.

This is my code-

import UIKit
import MapKit
import CoreLocation

class Page2: UIViewController, MKMapViewDelegate, CLLocationManagerDelegate {

@IBOutlet var mapView: MKMapView!

let locationManager = CLLocationManager()

override func viewDidLoad() {

self.locationManager.delegate = self

self.locationManager.desiredAccuracy = kCLLocationAccuracyBest



//blue dot on the map

self.mapView.showsUserLocation = true

//tracking mode on

self.mapView.userTrackingMode = .follow


override func didReceiveMemoryWarning() {
// Dispose of any resources that can be recreated.

// location Manager Delegate center user on map

private func locationManager(manager: CLLocationManager!, didUpdateLocations locations: [AnyObject]!) {

let location = locations.last

let center = CLLocationCoordinate2D(latitude: location!.coordinate.latitude, longitude: (location?.coordinate.longitude)!)

let region = MKCoordinateRegion(center: center, span: MKCoordinateSpan(latitudeDelta: 0.005, longitudeDelta: 0.005)) //zoom on map

self.mapView.setRegion(region, animated: true)



// print errors

func locationManager(_ manager: CLLocationManager, didFailWithError error: Error)
print("Errors: " + error.localizedDescription)



First of all in Swift 3 signature of CLLocationManagerDelegate method's locationManager(_:didUpdateLocations:) is changed, so you need to change that method as follow.

func locationManager(_ manager: CLLocationManager, didUpdateLocations locations: [CLLocation]) {
     //your code and don't forgot to remove private

You can use longGesture with mapView like this, first addGestureRecognizer in your mapView in the viewDidLoad.

let longPressGesture = UILongPressGestureRecognizer(target: self, action: #selector(addAnnotationOnLongPress(gesture:)))
longPressGesture.minimumPressDuration = 1.0

Now add action for that UILongPressGestureRecognizer.

func addAnnotationOnLongPress(gesture: UILongPressGestureRecognizer) {

    if gesture.state == .ended {
        let point = gesture.location(in: self.mapView)
        let coordinate = self.mapView.convert(point, toCoordinateFrom: self.mapView)
        //Now use this coordinate to add annotation on map.