Extended UICollectionView, UITableView, Diffable Data Sources, Cells and more.

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Initial release

Advanced UICollectionView & UITableView

A framework for UICollectionView and UITableView that provides:

  • Extended collection and table view diffable data sources with handlers for selecting, reordering, focusing and editing cells and additional functionality.
  • Table view cell registration similar to UICollectionView.CellRegistration.
  • Additional extensions for UICollectionView and UITableView.

UICollectionViewDiffableDataSource & TableViewDiffableDataSource


There are handlers for selecting, reordering, focusing and editing cells.

Examples of some of the included handlers:

// Handler that gets called when the user did select an item.
diffableDataSource.selectionHandlers.didSelect = { itemIdentifier in


// Handler that gets called when an item/cell is about to be shown.
diffableDataSource.displayingHandlers.willDisplay = { itemIdentifier, cell in


TableViewDiffableDataSource provides handlers for reordering cells like the UICollectionViewDiffableDataSource reordering handlers that Apple provides:

// Allow every item to be reordered
tableViewDataSource.reorderingHandlers.canReorder = { item in return true }

// Update the backing store from the did reorder transaction.
tableViewDataSource.reorderingHandlers.didReorder = { [weak self] transaction, _ in
    guard let self = self else { return }
    if let updatedCurrentItems = self.currentItems.applying(transaction.difference) {
        self.currentItems = updatedCurrentItems

Empty datasource view

emptyView displays the provided view when the datasource doesn't contain any items:

diffableDataSource.emptyView = myEmptyView

Alternatively you can use emptyContentConfiguration and provide an UIContentConfiguration:

let loadingConfiguration = UIContentUnavailableConfiguration.loading()
diffableDataSource.emptyContentConfiguration = loadingConfiguration

UITableView Cell Registration

A registration for the table view’s cells similar to UICollectionView.CellRegistration.

Use a cell registration to register table cell views with your table view and configure each cell for display.

The following example creates a cell registration for cells of type UITableViewCell and string items. Each cells textfield displays its item string.

let cellRegistration = UITableView.CellRegistration<UITableViewCell, String> { cell, indexPath, string in
    var contentConfiguration = cell.defaultContentConfiguration()

    contentConfiguration.text = string
    contentConfiguration.textProperties.color = .lightGray

    cell.contentConfiguration = contentConfiguration

After you create a cell registration, you pass it in to dequeueConfiguredReusableCell(using:for:item:), which you call from your data source’s cell provider.

dataSource = UITableViewDiffableDataSource<Section, String>(tableView: tableView) {
    tableView, indexPath, item in
    return tableView.dequeueConfiguredReusableCell(using: cellRegistration, for: indexPath, item: item)

Alternatively you can use the UICollectionViewDiffableDataSource and UITableViewDiffableDataSource initializers:

let dataSource = UITableViewDiffableDataSource(tableView: myTableView, cellRegistration: cellRegistration)

UITableView Section View Registration

A registration for the table view’s header/footer section views.

The following example creates a section view registration for views of type UITableViewHeaderFooterView for sections with strings. Each section header views default content configuration text displays its section string.

let sectionViewRegistration = UITableView.SectionViewRegistration<UITableViewHeaderFooterView, String> {
    sectionView, indexPath, string in
    var configuration = sectionView.defaultContentConfiguration()
    configuration.text = string
    sectionView.contentConfiguration = configuration

After you create a section view registration, you pass it in to dequeueConfiguredReusableSectionView(using:section:), which you call from your data source’s section header view provider.

dataSource.headerViewProvider = { tableView, section in
    return tableView.dequeueConfiguredReusableSectionView(using: sectionViewRegistration, section: section)

Alternatively you can also applyHeaderViewRegistration() and `applyFooterViewRegistration()``:


Diffable DataSource Snapshot Apply Options

Options for applying snapshots to a diffable datasource:

// Applies the snapshot animated with default animation duration.
dataSource.apply(mySnapshot, .animated)

// Applies the snapshot animated with the specified animation duration.
dataSource.apply(mySnapshot, .animated(duration: 2.0))

// Applies the snapshot non animated.
dataSource.apply(mySnapshot, .withoutAnimation)

// Applies the snapshot using reload data.
dataSource.apply(mySnapshot, .usingReloadData)


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Last updated: Wed Mar 20 2024 17:53:06 GMT-0900 (Hawaii-Aleutian Daylight Time)