UICollectionView Supplementary Views & Highlighting Behaviour

Not as simple as you’d expect

Greg Gunner
Apr 8, 2014 · 2 min read

Maybe we’re spoilt by UITableView or maybe we’re graced with it, either way UICollectionViews are not as well rounded.

I needed to make the supplementary views in my UICollectionView behave like UITableViewCells do when you touch down on them, i.e. support a background colour and a method call when it happens.

Like this

UICollectionViews don’t really support this behaviour at all, I had previously added a single UIGestureRecognizer to each supplementary view so I knew when they were tapped but it didn’t allow me to do the correct highlighting behaviour.

Here’s what I did:

1. Subclass UICollectionView

Medium’s code block isn’t friendly with this volume of text


2. Create a setHighlighted method in your supplementary view

Changing the background colour and setting subviews to 50% opacity


3. Fix any existing CollectionView wide gestures

longPressGesture.delaysTouchesBegan = NO;

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