Yossi Tsafar Yossi Tsafar - 1 year ago 226
Objective-C Question

Add "...Read More" to the end of UILabel

I have a

and in some cases the text is longer then the
itself, so I see the text as
"bla bla bla..."
I want to add a
...Read More
button text at the end of the

I've read some posts but they offer solutions that are not good to me, for example: to calculate how many characters will enter the
, but with the font i'm using each character has a different width.

How can I manage to do that?

Thanks in advance!

Answer Source

So this is what I did to add the Read More... button to the UITextView, UITextField or UILabel:

- (void)addReadMoreStringToUILabel:(UILabel*)label
    NSString *readMoreText = @" ...Read More";
    NSInteger lengthForString = label.text.length;
    if (lengthForString >= 30)
        NSInteger lengthForVisibleString = [self fitString:label.text intoLabel:label];
        NSMutableString *mutableString = [[NSMutableString alloc] initWithString:label.text];
        NSString *trimmedString = [mutableString stringByReplacingCharactersInRange:NSMakeRange(lengthForVisibleString, (label.text.length - lengthForVisibleString)) withString:@""];
        NSInteger readMoreLength = readMoreText.length;
        NSString *trimmedForReadMore = [trimmedString stringByReplacingCharactersInRange:NSMakeRange((trimmedString.length - readMoreLength), readMoreLength) withString:@""];
        NSMutableAttributedString *answerAttributed = [[NSMutableAttributedString alloc] initWithString:trimmedForReadMore attributes:@{
                                                                                                                                        NSFontAttributeName : label.font

        NSMutableAttributedString *readMoreAttributed = [[NSMutableAttributedString alloc] initWithString:readMoreText attributes:@{
                                                                                                                                        NSFontAttributeName : Font(TWRegular, 12.),
                                                                                                                                        NSForegroundColorAttributeName : White

        [answerAttributed appendAttributedString:readMoreAttributed];
        label.attributedText = answerAttributed;

        UITagTapGestureRecognizer *readMoreGesture = [[UITagTapGestureRecognizer alloc] initWithTarget:self action:@selector(readMoreDidClickedGesture:)];
        readMoreGesture.tag = 1;
        readMoreGesture.numberOfTapsRequired = 1;
        [label addGestureRecognizer:readMoreGesture];

        label.userInteractionEnabled = YES;
    else {

        NSLog(@"No need for 'Read More'...");


There is a use of fitString:intoLabel method which can be found here.

As for the UITagTapGestureRecognizer is just a normal UITapGestureRecognizer subclass with a NSInteger property called tag. I did that because I want to identify which Read More... were clicked in I case I have more than one in the same UIViewController. You can use a normal UITapGestureRecognizer.