XiOS XiOS - 1 year ago 73
iOS Question

UICollectionview cell selection

i have made a grid of images and in order to show its selection i drew border for the image when selected. but the problem is when i select some image at the top and scroll down the grid of images, some other image at the bottom also seemed to be selected. below is my code snippet:

UINib *cellNib = [UINib nibWithNibName:@"collectionCell" bundle:nil];
[self.collectionView registerNib:cellNib forCellWithReuseIdentifier:@"cellCV"];

UICollectionViewFlowLayout *flowLayout = [[UICollectionViewFlowLayout alloc] init];
[flowLayout setItemSize:CGSizeMake(95, 95)];
[flowLayout setScrollDirection:UICollectionViewScrollDirectionVertical];

[self.collectionView setCollectionViewLayout:flowLayout];

Above has been added in viewDidLoad with the collection view cell designed in nib.

and implemented following delegates:

-(void)collectionView:(UICollectionView *)collectionView didSelectItemAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath
selectedImageIndex = indexPath.row;
[collectionView reloadData];

-(CollectionCell *)collectionView:(UICollectionView *)collectionView cellForItemAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath
UIImage *img = [imageArray objectAtIndex:indexPath.row];

static NSString *cellIdentifier = @"cellCV";
CollectionCell *cell = [collectionView dequeueReusableCellWithReuseIdentifier:
cellIdentifier forIndexPath:indexPath];
cell.imageView.image = img;
cell.imageView.tag = indexPath.row;
UIImageView *imgView = (UIImageView *)[cell viewWithTag:indexPath.row];
if (indexPath.row == selectedImageIndex) {
imgView.layer.borderWidth = 4.0;
imgView.layer.borderColor = [UIColor redColor].CGColor;
NSLog(@"selected indexpath: %d", indexPath.row);
else {
imgView.layer.borderWidth = 0.0;
imgView.layer.borderColor = nil;
return cell;

i could guess that something is going wrong with reusing the cell, but not sure and couldnt het an idea to resolve it.
Waiting for any kind of help and suggestions.

Thanks in advance.

Rob Rob
Answer Source

I'm not seeing why this would take place. I do not believe the issue is the use of row vs item, though you really should use item. I can imagine, though, if your collection view has more than one section, that only looking at row/item but ignoring section would be a problem (i.e. it would select the same item number in every section).

To cut the Gordian knot, I'd suggest saving the NSIndexPath of the selected item, and then using that for the basis of comparison. That also makes it easy to render an optimization in didSelectItemAtIndexPath. Anyway, first define your property:

@property (nonatomic, strong) NSIndexPath *selectedItemIndexPath;

And then implement cellForItemAtIndexPath and didSelectItemAtIndexPath:

- (UICollectionViewCell *)collectionView:(UICollectionView *)collectionView cellForItemAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath
    static NSString *cellIdentifier = @"Cell";

    CollectionCell *cell = [collectionView dequeueReusableCellWithReuseIdentifier:cellIdentifier forIndexPath:indexPath];

    cell.imageView.image = ...

    if (self.selectedItemIndexPath != nil && [indexPath compare:self.selectedItemIndexPath] == NSOrderedSame) {
        cell.imageView.layer.borderColor = [[UIColor redColor] CGColor];
        cell.imageView.layer.borderWidth = 4.0;
    } else {
        cell.imageView.layer.borderColor = nil;
        cell.imageView.layer.borderWidth = 0.0;

    return cell;

- (void)collectionView:(UICollectionView *)collectionView didSelectItemAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath
    // always reload the selected cell, so we will add the border to that cell

    NSMutableArray *indexPaths = [NSMutableArray arrayWithObject:indexPath];

    if (self.selectedItemIndexPath)
        // if we had a previously selected cell

        if ([indexPath compare:self.selectedItemIndexPath] == NSOrderedSame)
            // if it's the same as the one we just tapped on, then we're unselecting it

            self.selectedItemIndexPath = nil;
            // if it's different, then add that old one to our list of cells to reload, and
            // save the currently selected indexPath

            [indexPaths addObject:self.selectedItemIndexPath];
            self.selectedItemIndexPath = indexPath;
        // else, we didn't have previously selected cell, so we only need to save this indexPath for future reference

        self.selectedItemIndexPath = indexPath;

    // and now only reload only the cells that need updating

    [collectionView reloadItemsAtIndexPaths:indexPaths];

As an aside, note that I'm not messing around with the tag property (I see no value in that). Also note that rather than reloading entire collection view, I'm only reloading the selected cell (and if there was a previous selected cell, that one too), which should be more efficient.