simonthumper simonthumper - 10 months ago 96
iOS Question

UISearchController disable cancel UIBarButtonItem

The Problem

I am trying to use UISearchController to search for a destination on a map view. I want the UISearchBar to appear in the navigation bar, but I can't seem to make it do so without it showing a cancel button to the right of it:

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This Cancel button has disappeared at times, whilst I'm playing around, but I can't get it to not appear now I have got the search table showing how I want it to:

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I'm sure there must be something small I'm doing ever so slightly wrong, but I can't work out what it is...

My Code

self.resultsViewController = [UITableViewController new];
self.searchController = [[UISearchController alloc] initWithSearchResultsController:self.resultsViewController];
self.searchController.searchResultsUpdater = self;
self.searchController.hidesNavigationBarDuringPresentation = false;
self.searchController.delegate = self;
self.searchBar = self.searchController.searchBar;
self.searchBar.placeholder = self.stage.title;
self.searchBar.searchBarStyle = UISearchBarStyleMinimal;

self.definesPresentationContext = true;
self.navigationItem.titleView = self.searchBar;

self.resultsTableView = self.resultsViewController.tableView;
self.resultsTableView.dataSource = self;
self.resultsTableView.delegate = self;

Answer Source

Updated in light of comments

UISearchBar has a property (see the Apple docs) which determines whether the cancel button is displayed:

self.searchBar.showsCancelButton = false;

But, as per OP comments, this does not work, because the searchController keeps switching the cancel button back on. To avoid this, create a subclass of UISearchBar, and override the setShowsCancelButton methods:

@implementation MySearchBar

-(void)setShowsCancelButton:(BOOL)showsCancelButton {
    // Do nothing...

-(void)setShowsCancelButton:(BOOL)showsCancelButton animated:(BOOL)animated {
    // Do nothing....


To ensure this subclass is used by the searchController, we also need to subclass UISearchController, and override the searchBar method to return an instance of our subclass. We also need to ensure that the new searchBar activates the searchController - I've chosen to use the UISearchBarDelegate method textDidChange for this:

@interface MySearchController ()  <UISearchBarDelegate> {
UISearchBar *_searchBar;

@implementation MySearchController

-(UISearchBar *)searchBar {
    if (_searchBar == nil) {
        _searchBar = [[MySearchBar alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectZero];
        _searchBar.delegate = self;
    return _searchBar;

-(void)searchBar:(UISearchBar *)searchBar textDidChange:(NSString *)searchText {
    if ([searchBar.text length] > 0) { = true;
    } else { = false;

Finally, change your code to instantiate this subclass:

self.searchController = [[MySearchController alloc] initWithSearchResultsController:self.resultsViewController];

(You will obviously need to import the relevant header files for these subclasses).