Rishab Rishab - 1 year ago 2187
iOS Question

Failed to obtain a cell from its DataSource

What is wrong with the below code

-(UITableViewCell *)tableView:(UITableView *)tableView cellForRowAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath{

NSString *CellIdentifier = @"Cell";

UITableViewCell *cell = [tableView dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier:CellIdentifier];

cell.textLabel.text = @"hello";

return cell;


-(NSInteger)tableView:(UITableView *)tableView numberOfRowsInSection:(NSInteger)section{
return 2;

but I'm getting failed to obtain a cell from its dataSource

The entire exception is

*** Terminating app due to uncaught exception 'NSInternalInconsistencyException', reason: 'UITableView (<UITableView: 0x7ffe0b092800; frame = (0 97; 414 590); clipsToBounds = YES; autoresize = RM+BM; gestureRecognizers = <NSArray: 0x7ffe0acf3b10>; layer = <CALayer: 0x7ffe0aceb6e0>; contentOffset: {0, 0}; contentSize: {414, 88}>) failed to obtain a cell from its dataSource (<AllContactsViewController: 0x7ffe0ace60f0>)'

I have set delegate and data source for the table view

Answer Source

Your error suggests that cellForRowAtIndexPath is returning nil for some reason, and I'm guessing it's because you are failing to dequeue a reusable cell. If you want to confirm this, just set a breakpoint after your current dequeue call: I expect you'll find cell is set to nil.

If you're using modern Xcode templates where you get a prototype cell made for you, you should probably be using this instead:

UITableViewCell *cell = [tableView dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier:@"Cell" forIndexPath:indexPath];

If you aren't using an Xcode template, use that line of code anyway then register your own re-use identifier like this:

[self.tableView registerClass:[UITableViewCell self] forCellReuseIdentifier:@"Cell"];

All being well that should resolve the problem. I wrote this up in more detail for Swift users.