RMSwipeTableViewCell is a drop-in UITableViewCell subclass that supports pan gestures as seen in apps such as Clear, Mailbox, Sparrow and many more.
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RMSwipeTableViewCell is a drop-in UITableViewCell subclass that supports pan gestures as seen in apps such as Clear, Mailbox, Sparrow and many more.

RMSwipeTableViewCell allows for easy subclassing to customize the cell to match your needs. The class exposes useful class methods and uses delegate callbacks to handle actions in your UITableViewController. RMSwipeTableViewCell is compatible with iOS 5 and higher!

RMSwipeTableViewCell works great out of the box, but has many properties to customize how the user interacts with the cell.

RMSwipeTableViewCellDemo Animation

High Quality Video Example

RMSwipeTableViewCelliOS7Demo Animation

##Installing RMSwipeTableViewCell

The example below and demo assumes you're compiling for iOS 6+. If you're supporting an older version of iOS use the appropriate methods for initializing and dequeuing the cells. RMSwipeTableViewCell is compatible with iOS 5 and above.

RMSwipeTableViewCell includes two demos. The iOS 7 demo is an attempt to copy the "Delete Mode" behaviour seen in iOS 7 in the Messages.app. The demo is built with iOS 6 SDK.

###Using CocoaPods

Add the following to your Podfile.

pod 'RMSwipeTableViewCell'


Clone the repository to your machine or add RMSwipeTableViewCell as a submodule to your project.

Add RMSwipeTableViewCell.h and RMSwipeTableViewCell.m to your project. Import the class header and register the cell class in your UITableView.

#import "RMSwipeTableViewCell.h"
// add <RMSwipeTableViewCellDelegate> in your header file if you want to receive delegate callbacks on cell interactions

-(void)viewDidLoad {
    [super viewDidLoad];
    [self.tableView registerClass:[RMSwipeTableViewCell class] forCellReuseIdentifier:CellIdentifier];

- (UITableViewCell *)tableView:(UITableView *)tableView cellForRowAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath {
    static NSString *CellIdentifier = @"Cell";
    RMSwipeTableViewCell *cell = [tableView dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier:CellIdentifier forIndexPath:indexPath];
    cell.delegate = self; // optional
    return cell;

##Using RMSwipeTableViewCell

RMSwipeTableViewCell can be used as-is, but you are required to customize the backView with subviews, etc. to suit your needs (see Subclassing RMSwipeTableViewCell).

The RMSwipeTableViewCellDemo project provides an example of subclassing and customizing the cell with custom views and actions.


RMSwipeTableViewCell lets you customize and control animations and panning gestures. The demo uses all default states.

UIView *backView;
RMSwipeTableViewCellRevealDirection revealDirection; // default is RMSwipeTableViewCellRevealDirectionBoth
RMSwipeTableViewCellAnimationType animationType; // default is RMSwipeTableViewCellAnimationTypeBounce
float animationDuration; // default is 0.2
BOOL shouldAnimateCellReset; // this can be overridden at any point (useful in the swipeTableViewCellWillResetState:fromLocation: delegate method). default is YES - note: it will reset to YES in prepareForReuse
BOOL panElasticity; // When panning/swiping the cell's location is set to exponentially decay. The rubber banding matches that of a UIScrollView/UITableView. default is YES
CGFloat panElasticityFactor; // This determines the exponential decay of the pan. By default it matches that of UIScrollView.
CGFloat panElasticityStartingPoint; // When using panElasticity this property allows you to control at which point elasticitykicks in. default is 0
UIColor *backViewbackgroundColor; // default is [UIColor colorWithWhite:0.92 alpha:1]

##Subclassing RMSwipeTableViewCell

Subclassing RMSwipeTableViewCell is the best way to customize the cell beyond the default properties and any delegate callbacks. Subclassing allows you to create subviews for the backView, extend properties if needed and override class methods.

See the demo for an example of subclassing usage.

##RMSwipeTableViewCell Delegate Methods

RMSwipeTableViewCell has a number of (optional) delegate methods that provide easy extensibility for subclassing and controlling cell functionality. The delegate methods are straightforward and the demo project shows a few examples of usage.

All delegate methods that return the CGPoint location take into account the panOffset value (panOffset is actual location of the contentView vs. the translation value of the touch location).

// notifies the delegate when the user starts panning

// notifies the delegate when the panning location changes
-(void)swipeTableViewCell:(RMSwipeTableViewCell*)swipeTableViewCell didSwipeToPoint:(CGPoint)point velocity:(CGPoint)velocity;

// notifies the delegate when the user lifts their finger from the screen and cell will reset
-(void)swipeTableViewCellWillResetState:(RMSwipeTableViewCell*)swipeTableViewCell fromPoint:(CGPoint)point animation:(RMSwipeTableViewCellAnimationType)animation velocity:(CGPoint)velocity;

// notifies the delegate when the cell has reset itself back to its starting state. This is useful for doing further animation or updates on the cell after the reset animation has completed
-(void)swipeTableViewCellDidResetState:(RMSwipeTableViewCell*)swipeTableViewCell fromPoint:(CGPoint)point animation:(RMSwipeTableViewCellAnimationType)animation velocity:(CGPoint)velocity;

// Defaults to YES (the backView is recreated everytime the state is about to reset)


Developed by Rune Madsen (@runmad and runmad.com).


I appreciate feedback. Create Github issues, pull requests or connect with me on Twitter.

I'd love to see and hear from you if you use it in a project.


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

##Version History


  • Updating demos to work better on iOS 7


  • Cleaned up init logic
  • Add new delegate method -(BOOL)swipeTableViewCellShouldCleanupBackView:(RMSwipeTableViewCell*)swipeTableViewCell;
  • Add panElasticityFactor
  • Xcode 5 documentation
  • Catching all states of UIPanGestureRecognizer
  • Fixed UIViewAnimationOption warning
  • Updated demo with support for iOS 7 spring animations


  • Made a few improvements to the backView and some logic
  • Added another demo to show off tweaking of appearance to match iOS 7 behaviour and UI


  • Added panElasticityStartingPoint to allow for finer control of when elasticity (if enabled) goes into effect
  • Added .gif for the README to show off the class better on Github
  • Fixed some logic issues I found with the demo project


  • Deprecated a number of delegate methods to improve the the translation values being returned
  • Set RMSwipeTableViewCellAnimationTypes to match UIViewAnimationOptions to simplify logic



  • Initial release