How To Implement Search Bar in iOS 7 Using Storyboard

Editor’s note: Like some of the programming tutorials, you may find the search bar tutorial no longer works in Xcode 5 and iOS 7. We’ve rewritten the tutorial to make it compatible with the latest version of Xcode. On top of that, we enhance the tutorial with custom table cell.

Enter the search bar tutorial.

In most of the iOS apps using table view, it is common to have a search bar at the very top of the screen. How can you implement a search bar for data searching? In this tutorial, we will see how to add a search bar to the recipe app. With the search bar, we’ll enhance the recipe app to let users search through the recipe list by specifying a search term.

Well, it’s not difficult to add a search bar but it takes a little bit of extra work. As usual, we’ll walk you through the concept and implementation by building a sample app. As our focus is on the search bar implementation, you can download this project template to start with. The template is similar to the app we built in the tab bar tutorial.

iOS 7 Search Bar
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How To Add Search Bar in Table View

Update: If you’re developing on Xcode 5 and iOS 7, check out the updated tutorial here.

One common questions I got about UITableView is how to implement a search bar for data searching. This tutorial will show how to add a search bar to the Tab Bar project. With the search bar, the app lets users search through the recipe list by specifying a search term.

Well, it’s not difficult to add a search bar but it takes a little bit of extra work. We’ll continue to work on the Xcode project we developed in the previous tutorial. If you haven’t gone through the tutorial, take some time to check it out or you can download the project here.

iOS App Search Bar
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