UITextView character counter

So here’s a programming problem I recently came across. Again there’s lots of answers out there and more than one way to skin a cat so to speak. However here’s my method of implementing a simple character counter that will display an UIAlertView when the character limit is reached.

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First you need to add the UITextView delegate in your header file, and connect the relevant UITextView as a delegate.

@interface EmailViewController : UIViewController <UITextViewDelegate>

You can then put in your implementation file :-

//check for number of characters in UITextView
- (void)textViewDidChange:(UITextView *)textView {
//create NSString containing the text from the UITextView
    NSString *substring = [NSString stringWithString:textView.text];

    //if message has text show label and update with number of characters using the NSString.length function
    if (substring.length > 0) {
        countLabel.hidden = NO;
       countLabel.text = [NSString stringWithFormat:@"%d characters", substring.length];
    //if message has no text hide label
    if (substring.length == 0) {
        countLabel.hidden = YES;
    //if message length is equal to 512 characters display alert view
    if (substring.length == 512) {
        UIAlertView *alert = [[UIAlertView alloc] initWithTitle:@"Error" message:@"Your message can't be longer than        512 characters" delegate:self cancelButtonTitle:@"OK" otherButtonTitles: nil];
        [alert show];
        //if character count is over max number change label to red text
        countLabel.textColor = [UIColor redColor];
    //if message is less than 512 characters change font to black
    if (substring.length < 512) {
        sendDate.textColor = [UIColor blackColor];
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3 thoughts on “UITextView character counter

  1. aliezer says:

    Your title is misleading : you implemented a character counter for a UITextView not a UITextField.

  2. MannyFLE says:

    Wow, thanks man, this really helped me!

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