Objective-c – Add a multiple buttons to a view programmatically, call the same method, determine which button it was


I want to programmatically add multiple UIButtons to a view – the number of buttons is unknown at compile time.

I can make one or more UIButton's like so (in a loop, but shorted for simplicity):

UIButton *button = [UIButton buttonWithType:UIButtonTypeRoundedRect];
[button addTarget:self 
[button setTitle:@"Button x" forState:UIControlStateNormal];
button.frame = CGRectMake(100.0, 100.0, 120.0, 50.0);
[view addSubview:button];

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How do I create a basic UIButton programmatically?

But how do I determine in buttonClicked: which button was clicked? I'd like to pass tag data if possible to identify the button.

Best Solution

You could either keep a reference to the actual button object somewhere that mattered (like an array) or set the button's tag to something useful (like an offset in some other data array). For example (using the tag, since this is generally must useful):

for( int i = 0; i < 5; i++ ) {
  UIButton* aButton = [UIButton buttonWithType:UIButtonTypeRoundedRect];
  [aButton setTag:i];
  [aButton addTarget:self action:@selector(buttonClicked:) forControlEvents:UIControlEventTouchUpInside];
  [aView addSubview:aButton];

// then ...

- (void)buttonClicked:(UIButton*)button
  NSLog(@"Button %ld clicked.", (long int)[button tag]);
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