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UILabel inherits the UIView class. It represents a class of views that display one or more lines of read-only texts. In iOS applications, the label is used in the association with UIControls to fulfill the Application requirements.

The syntax of the UILabel class is given as follows.

The appearance of the Label can be configured. We can customize the substrings within the label. The label can show attributed strings, as well. We can add the labels to the interface programmatically or by using a storyboard. The following steps are used to add the label to the interface.

  1. Search for the label in the Object library and drag the result to the storyboard or create an object of UILabel class in the ViewController class.
  2. Configure the appearance of the label using the attribute inspector.
  3. Set up auto-layout rules to define the size and position of the label in your interface.

Interface Builder Attributes for UILabel

SN Attribute Description
1 Text This attribute can be given to set the content of the label. To define the appearance of the label, we can assign two modes to the label i.e., Plain mode and attributed mode. Plain mode displays the label's content with the uniform appearance, whereas the attributed mode applies styling attributes within the string. In attributed mode, we can use the More menu to reveal additional appearance attributes. This value can be accessed at runtime with the text and attributedText properties.
2 Color It is used to set the font color of the label. In plain mode, the color is set for the whole content, whereas, in attributed mode, we can define the color for a particular part of the content.
3 Font This is used to alter the font of the label content. It includes the font family, size, and the opacity of the content. We can define the system or custom font to the label. In the custom font, we can set the font family and style of the label content.
4 Alignment It is used to set the alignment of the label content within the frame. We can place the label content, left align, center, right-align, justified, or natural within the frame. In plain mode, the alignment is set for the whole label content whereas, in attributed mode, we can maintain the specific alignment for the specific paragraph of the label.
5 Lines It represents the maximum number of lines the label uses to render the content. We can set it to 0 to make the label to render the unlimited lines. This value can be accessed at runtime by using numberOfLines property on the label object.
6 Behavior This attribute is used to control the behavior of the label. The Enabled and highlighted control the appearance of the label. These values can be accessed at runtime by using isEnabled and isHighlighted property, respectively.
7 Baseline It is a spacing attribute that controls the vertical alignment of the label when autoshrink is enabled. This value can be accessed by using the baselineAdjustment property.
8 LineBreaks It specifies the behavior of the label when the content is too big to adjust within the label bounds. It can be set to word wrap or character wrap to break the content into multiple lines by words or by characters. This property can be accessed using lineBreakMode property on the label object.
9 Autoshrink This attribute is used to alter the font size of the label content before resorting to the truncation. It can be set to either a minimum font scale or maximum font size. We can choose the minimum font scale and set the value to allow the label to reduce the font size to fit the text.
10 Highlighted The color is applied to the text in the label when the highlighted attribute is checked.
11 Shadow The default value of this attribute is transparent, which means no shadow appears beneath the text. However, we can mention the shadow color which rendered beneath the text of the label. This value can be accessed at runtime by using shadowColor property.
12 ShadowOffset This property maintains the shadow offset. This value can be accessed using the shadowOffset property at runtime.


In this example, we will add a label to the ViewController using the interface builder, and customize the label appearance at runtime by creating the label outlet in the ViewController class.

To create an outlet, pick the control in the user interface for which the outlet is to be created, hold down the control key and drag from the control to the associated class as shown in the following image.

iOS Label

In ViewController class, we will set some properties for the label to customize its appearance at runtime.



iOS Label

Example 2

Making the Label tappable

The following example will make the label created, in example 1 tappable. For this purpose, we will create an object of the class UITapGestureRecognizer.


iOS Label

UILabel Properties

The UILabel object contains the following properties, which can be used to customize the runtime behavior of the label.

SN Property Type Description
1 text String It represents the current label text.
2 attributedText NSAttributedString It represents the current styled label text.
3 font UIFont It represents the font of the color.
4 textColor UIColor It is the label text color.
5 textAlignment NSTextAlignment It is the alignment of the text within the label frame.
6 lineBreakMode NSLineBreakMode It is the technique used to wrap and truncate the multiline text
7 isEnabled Bool The enabled state to use when drawing the label text.
8 adjustFontSizeToFitWidth Bool It is a Boolean value which, when set, makes the label font size reduced to fit in the title string.
9 allowsDefaultTighteningForTruncation Bool It is a Boolean value indicating whether the label tightens the text before truncating.
10 baseLineAdjustment UIBaseLineAdjustment It controls the way baselines are adjusted when the text shrinks to fit in the label frame.
11 minimumScaleFactor CGFloat It is the minimum scale factor for the label text.
12 numberOfLines Int It represents the maximum number of lines the label text can have. Set it to 0 to make this unlimited.
13 highlightedTextColor UIColor It represents the highlight text color applied to the label.
14 isHighlighted Bool It represents a Boolean value indicating whether the label text is highlighted or not.
15 shadowColor UIColor It represents the shadow color of the label text.
16 shadowOffset CGSize It represents the shadow offset of the label text.
17 preferredMaxLayoutWidth CGFloat It is the preferred maximum width for a multiline label.
18 isUserInteractionEnabled Bool It is a Boolean type property. When set to true, it enables the user to interact with the label text.

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