Add and delete rows in UITableView Swift

In this post, we’ll discuss the scenario where we need to add or remove rows from a UITableView in Swift. Below are the parts of code required in the ViewController to achieve this.

First, we need to create the Outlet for the UITableView:

class NewRecipeVC: UIViewController, UITableViewDelegate, UITableViewDataSource {

// don't forget to hook this up from the storyboard
@IBOutlet weak var newRecipeTableView: UITableView!

//hook this to the textbox to add the ingredient
@IBOutlet weak var ingredientTxt: UITextField!

//This array holds the ingredients
var ingredients = ["1 slice lemon","1 table spoon Sugar","1 glass Water","1 spoon Rock Salt"]

//hook this to a button
@IBAction func addIngredient(_ sender: Any) {
        if ingredientTxt.text != "" {
            let indexPath = IndexPath(row: ingredients.count - 1, section: 0)
            newRecipeTableView.insertRows(at: [indexPath], with: .automatic)
            ingredientTxt.text = ""

        else {
            let alert = UIAlertController(title: "Missing!", message: "Missing ingredient...", preferredStyle: .alert)
            alert.addAction(UIAlertAction(title: "Ok", style: .default, handler: nil))
            self.present(alert, animated: true, completion: nil)


Deleting a row requires the commit editing style method as shown below. This method allows you to right to left swipe on the row and get the delete button option.

extension NewRecipeVC {    

func tableView(_ tableView: UITableView, commit editingStyle: UITableViewCellEditingStyle, forRowAt indexPath: IndexPath) {
        if editingStyle == .delete {
            ingredients.remove(at: indexPath.row)
            newRecipeTableView.deleteRows(at: [indexPath], with: .automatic)


Below are some methods that are used and are defined as per Apple documentation:

beginUpdates(): Begins a series of method calls that insert, delete, or select rows and sections of the table view.

insertRows(): Inserts rows in the table view at the locations identified by an array of index paths, with an option to animate the insertion.

deleteRows(): Deletes the rows specified by an array of index paths, with an option to animate the deletion.

endUpdates(): Concludes a series of method calls that insert, delete, select, or reload rows and sections of the table view.


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