Miro Miro - 8 months ago 45
Objective-C Question

ios10: viewDidLoad frame width/height not initialized correctly

Since upgrading to XCode8 GM and ios10, all of my views created via Interface Builder are not being initialized correctly until much much later than expected. This means in viewDidLoad, cellForRowAtIndexPath, viewWillAppear, etc, the frame size is set to {1000,1000} for every view. At some point they seem to correct, but its far too late.

The first problem encountered is with common rounding of corners failing across the board:

view.layer.cornerRadius = view.frame.size.width/2

Further problems are showing for anything that relies on frame size to do calculations in the code.


For cellForRowAtIndexPath, frame size fails on initial table display, but then works fine once you scroll it. willDisplayCell:forRowAtIndexPath does not have the correct frame size either.

I've hardcoded a few values but obviously this is very bad code practice, as well as quite numerous in my projects.

Is there a way or place to get correct frame sizes?


I've discovered that using the height/width constraint instead of frame width height is more reliable. This may add the overhead of needing lot of new IBOutlets to link the height/width constraints on items though.

For now I've created a UIView category that lets me access a View's height/width constraints directly without the IBOutlets. For minimal use the small loop shouldn't be a big deal. Results not guaranteed for IB items without the width/height constraints created yet obviously. Probably returns 0 at best for the constant, or worse. Also, if you don't have a height/width constraint and your view is sized dynamically based on leading/trailing constraints, this won't work.

-viewDidLoad appears to have correct frame size, but will often result in a visual change to the UI if you do modifications here.


@interface UIView (WidthHeightConstraints)




#import "UIView+WidthHeightConstraints.h"

@implementation UIView (WidthHeightConstraints)

return [self constraintForAttribute:NSLayoutAttributeWidth];
-(NSLayoutConstraint*)heightConstraint {
return [self constraintForAttribute:NSLayoutAttributeHeight];
-(NSLayoutConstraint*)constraintForAttribute:(NSLayoutAttribute)attribute {
NSLayoutConstraint *targetConstraint = nil;
for (NSLayoutConstraint *constraint in self.constraints) {
if (constraint.firstAttribute == attribute) {
targetConstraint = constraint;
return targetConstraint;



The category above has proven only partially effective. Mainly because ios appears to auto add a couple extra height/width constraint duplicates, that are of type NSContentSizeLayoutConstraint, which are actually not the same size as the normal constraint. The NSContentSizeLayoutConstraint is also a private class so I can't do isKindOfClass to filter those out. I haven't found another way to effectively test for those yet. This is annoying.

Answer Source

The most common issues you describe are appearing in iOS 10 only and can be solved by adding this line (if necessary):


just above the code, that is responsible for changing constraint, layer.cornerRadius etc.


place your code related to frames / layers into viewDidLayoutSubviews() method:

override func viewDidLayoutSubviews() {

    view.layer.cornerRadius = self.myView.frame.size.width/2
    view.clipsToBounds = true

    ... etc