Nice library to show placeholders and Empty States for any UITableView/UICollectionView in your project
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To run the example project, clone the repo, and run pod install from the Example directory first.


  • iOS 9.0+
  • Xcode 8.3

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HGPlaceholders is available through CocoaPods. To install it, simply add the following line to your Podfile:

# Swift 3.1 - Xcode 8.3
pod 'HGPlaceholders'

HGPlaceholders is also available through Carthage. To install it, simply add the following line to your Cartfile:

github "HamzaGhazouani/HGPlaceholders"


  1. Inherit your UITableView class from TableView Or inherit UICollectionView from CollectionView
  2. Call the placeholder to show
  • tableView.showLoadingPlaceholder() or collectionView.showLoadingPlaceholder()
  • tableView.showNoResultsPlaceholder() or collectionView.showNoResultsPlaceholder()
  • tableView.showErrorPlaceholder() or collectionView.showErrorPlaceholder()
  • tableView.showNoConnectionPlaceholder() or collectionView.showNoConnectionPlaceholder()


If you want to change only images, just set them in your asset with this names (the framework check firstly in the main bundle):

  • loading : "hg_default-loading"
  • no_connection : "hg_default-no_connection"
  • no_results : "hg_default-no_results"
  • error : "hg_default-error"

The framework contains different defaults placeholders:

  • Basic :

tableView.placeholdersProvider = .basic or collectionView.placeholdersProvider = .basic

  • Default :

tableView.placeholdersProvider = .default or collectionView.placeholdersProvider = .default

  • Default2 :

tableView.placeholdersProvider = .default2 or collectionView.placeholdersProvider = .default2

  • Hallowen :

tableView.placeholdersProvider = .halloween or collectionView.placeholdersProvider = .halloween // for fun :)`

If you want to change the default palceholders for all table views in your project:

class ProjectNameTableView: TableView {

    override func customSetup() {
        placeholdersProvider = .basic
class ProjectNameCollectionView: CollectionView {

    override func customSetup() {
        placeholdersProvider = .basic

You can also add new placeholders fully customizable, you should keep en mind that the view will take table view frame, and placeholder can have only one action, please check the example project


Full documentation is available on CocoaDocs.
You can also install documentation locally using jazzy.


  • UICollectionView compatibility
  • Carthage support
  • Tests


Hamza Ghazouani,


HGPlaceholders is available under the MIT license. See the LICENSE file for more info.