wayneh wayneh - 5 months ago 90
Objective-C Question

UILabel - auto-size label to fit text?

Is it possible to auto-resize the UILabel box/bounds to fit the contained text?
(I don't care if it ends up larger than the display)

So if a user enters "hello" or "my name is really long i want it to fit in this box", it is never truncated and the label is 'widened' accordingly?



Please check out my gist where I have made a category for UILabel for something very similar, my category lets a UILabel stretch it's height to show all the content: https://gist.github.com/1005520

Or check out this post: http://stackoverflow.com/a/7242981/662605

This would stretch the height, but you can change it around easily to work the other way and stretch the width with something like this, which is I believe what you want to do:

@implementation UILabel (dynamicSizeMeWidth)

- (void)resizeToStretch{
    float width = [self expectedWidth];
    CGRect newFrame = [self frame];
    newFrame.size.width = width;
    [self setFrame:newFrame];

- (float)expectedWidth{
    [self setNumberOfLines:1];

    CGSize maximumLabelSize = CGSizeMake(CGRectGetWidth(self.bounds), CGFLOAT_MAX);

    CGSize expectedLabelSize = [[self text] sizeWithFont:[self font] 
                                            lineBreakMode:[self lineBreakMode]]; 
    return expectedLabelSize.width;


You could more simply use the sizeToFit method available from the UIView class, but set the number of lines to 1 to be safe.

iOS 6 update

If you are using AutoLayout, then you have a built in solution. By setting the number of lines to 0, the framework will resize your label appropriately (adding more height) to fit your text.