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STTweetLabel (not supported anymore)

A custom UILabel for iOS with certain words tappable like Twitter (#Hashtag, @Handle and links).

STTweetLabel screenshot


Please use CocoaPods and include STTweetLabel in your Podfile.

Important: STTweetLabel 3.0 is based on TextKit and is only compatible with iOS 7 and above.


Build and run the project STTweetLabelExample in Xcode to see STTweetLabel in action.

Example Usage

STTweetLabel *tweetLabel = [[STTweetLabel alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(10.0, 60.0, 300.0, 160.0)];
[tweetLabel setText:@"Hi. This is a new tool for @you! Developed by @SebThiebaud for #iPhone #ObjC... and #iOS7 ;-) My GitHub page:"];
[self.view addSubview:tweetLabel];

Don't forget to implement the detectionBlock. Without implementing this block, you won't be able to detect if somebody has clicked on the hashtag, handle or even a link. Blocks are easy. All you need to do is add a few lines of code:

[tweetLabel setDetectionBlock:^(STTweetHotWord hotWord, NSString *string, NSString *protocol, NSRange range) {
    // Do something


  • NSString *text: The text to display.
  • NSArray *validProtocols: All valid protocols for link (by default: @[@"http", @"https"]).
  • BOOL leftToRight: Writing direction (by default: YES).
  • BOOL textSelectable: Allows the user to select the text (by default: YES).
  • UIColor *selectionColor: If BOOL textSelectable is enabled, it's the color of the selection's background (by default: [UIColor colorWithWhite:0.9 alpha:1.0]).
  • NSTextAlignment textAlignment: Text alignment (by default: NSTextAlignmentLeft).


The two following methods refresh the component. That means you should only set the attributes at the initialization of your STTweetLabel instance.

  • -[STTweetLabel setAttributes:(NSDictionary *)attributes]: Dictionary with attributes for all text.
  • -[STTweetLabel setAttributes:(NSDictionary *)attributes hotWord:(STTweetHotWord)hotWord]: Dictionary with attributes for specific STTweetHotWord.
  • -[STTweetLabel suggestedFrameSizeToFitEntireStringConstraintedToWidth:(CGFloat)width: Returns the CGSize calculated for the text submitted.


Inspired by the original Twitter application.


Sebastien Thiebaud


STTweetLabel is available under the MIT license.