p0lAris p0lAris - 2 months ago 25x
iOS Question

UITextField in UIAlertController (border, backgroundColor)

Here is a screenshot of a

. I was just playing around custom fonts and
properties but I was unable to accomplish the following:

  • clear background of the

  • no ugly border (black box) as shown below

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As I dived more into the code and iOS runtime headers, I was able to modify border and background color but the above issue still remains as those properties belong to a container
. Changing background to
doesn't help.

Has anybody ever played around with this? Not sure if I would ever take my app into production with such ugly text fields.

EDIT (May 13, 15) The answer below by Rory McKinnel is tested for iOS 8 - 8.3 and works just fine. The result is below:

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Had some fun with this. The following seems to work. Obviously judging by what was required, it has no future proofing and is a patch away from not working.

I figured this out by walking the view hierarchy in the debugger, from which I noticed a UIVisualEffectView. Removing that seems to give you what you want along with setting the containing view to a clear background. Without removing the visual effect, a clear background shows what is behind the alert view itself for some reason.

UIAlertController *alertController = 
 [UIAlertController alertControllerWithTitle:@"Its Not Pretty!" 
                                     message:@"Some times things get ugly!"                          

[alertController addTextFieldWithConfigurationHandler:^(UITextField *textField){
    textField.text = @"Text: No border and clear 8^)";

[self presentViewController:alertController animated:TRUE completion:^{

for (UIView* textfield in alertController.textfields) {
    UIView *container = textField.superview;
    UIView *effectView = container.superview.subviews[0];

    if (effectView && [effectView class] == [UIVisualEffectView class]){
        container.backgroundColor = [UIColor clearColor];
        [effectView removeFromSuperview];