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Platforms ios 9.0

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CurrencyText is a lightweight library that allows to format text field inputs as currency. It provides a easy to use and extendable UITextFieldDelegate, so there’s no need to use a specific UITextField subclass. You can keep your text field subclasses and just make use of this nice custom delegate.

Its main core, the CurrencyFormatter class, can also be used a part from text fields to format any value that can be monetary represented.

If you need to present currency text or allow users to input currency data, CurrencyText help you do it in a highly readable and configurable matter.


Introduction to CurrencyFormatter

CurrencyText is made upon CurrencyFormatter, which is an abstraction of number formatter with currency number style. It can be used alone or injected into a CurrencyTextFieldDelegate to auto format text field’s inputs.

Basic setup

The CurrencyFormatter encapsulates number formatter’s currency properties.

Creating a CurrencyFormatter instance is pretty simple; you can use the readable builder pattern approach where the init class require a callback in which the self instance is passed, allowing you to configure your properties by keeping the code clean and readable (Inspired by SwiftRichString):

let formatter = CurrencyFormatter {
  $0.currency = .euro
  // ... set any other attribute

let formattedString = formatter.string(from: 30.0) //€30.00

Currency and locale – easily defining formatting style

To define the currency style (symbol, formatting, separators) you must make use of currency and locale properties.
It’s important to say that when these are not defined, the current user locale is automatically set, and so is the curency formatting.
For example if the user Locale’s is set to pt_BR (indentifier), the amount of 100 would be shown as R$ 100,00. What can be made by setting currency to brazilianReal and locale to portugueseBrazil when needed.

Locale – setting currency’s locale

All locales were extracted from jacobbubu – ioslocaleidentifiers

The CurrencyLocale type wraps all available Locale identifiers in an enum type.
Formatter’s locale property can be set passing a common system Locale or one of CurrencyLocale’s cases, such as .italian, .danish or .chinese.
Note that you can define locale and compose it with a different currency of your choice, what is going to change generally only the currency symbol.

public enum CurrencyLocale: String, LocaleConvertible {

    case current = "current"
    case autoUpdating = "currentAutoUpdating"

    case afrikaans = "af"
    case afrikaansNamibia = "af_NA"
    case afrikaansSouthAfrica = "af_ZA"

Currency – how to choose a specific currency from it’s name

encapsulates the cases of ISO 4217 international standard for currency codes

The Currency type contains the currency codes as enum cases raw values, what makes it easier to set up the formatter with the currency that you want, such as .euro, .dollar, .brazilianReal.

public enum Currency: String {
    case afghani = "AFN",
    algerianDinar = "DZD",
    argentinePeso = "ARS"

Note that defining currency does not always goes as planned, because the most part of the format generally changes accordingly to user locale. For example, setting .euro as currency but with default user locale (Brazil), has the euro’s currency symbol with separators and remaining style as used in Brazil.

let formatter = CurrencyFormatter {
  $0.currency = .dollar
  $0.locale = CurrencyLocale.englishUnitedStates

let formattedString = formatter.string(from: 30.0) //$30.00

Advanced setup

For those cases where your design requires a custom presentation you are able to heavily customize the formatter.
We can remove decimals, set a maximum allowed value, customize grouping size or even set a hole new currency symbol. It is all up to you.

let formatter = CurrencyFormatter {
  $0.hasDecimals = false
  $0.maxValue = 999999
  $0.groupingSize = 2
  $0.groupingSeparator = ";"
  $0.currencySymbol = "💶"

let formattedString = formatter.string(from: 100000000) //💶99;99;99

The CurrencyTextFieldDelegate – formatting user input as currency

This project started as a way to format user inputs as currency. In the old days it used to be a custom UITextField class, but we changed it to work acting only as a custom delegate, without needing to force users to use an specific UITextField class.
CurrencyTextFieldDelegate class comes in hand to act formatting inputs respecting the setup of its currency formatter.

Setting your text field to format the inputs

To start formatting your user’s numeric text as currency you need to initialize a CurrencyTextFieldDelegate, configure it with a formatter with you want to, and then set it as the text field’s delegate.

let currencyFormatter = CurrencyFormatter()
textFieldDelegate = CurrencyUITextFieldDelegate(formatter: currencyFormatter)
textFieldDelegate.clearsWhenValueIsZero = true

textField.delegate = textFieldDelegate

Just by setting a currency text field delegate object to your text field, with given formatter behaviour, the user inputs are going to be formatted as expected.

Allowing users to input negative values

If you want your users to be able to input negative values just set textField’s keyboardType to .numbersAndPunctuation, so whenever users tap the negative symbol it will be correctly presented and handled.

textField.keyboardType = .numbersAndPunctuation

// users inputs "-3456"
// -R$ 34.56

Properties available via CurrencyFormatter class

The following properties are available:

locale LocaleConvertible Locale of the currency
currency Currency Currency used to format
currencySymbol String String shown as currency symbol
showCurrencySymbol Bool Show/hide currency symbol
minValue Double? The lowest number allowed as input
maxValue Double? The highest number allowed as input
decimalDigits Int The number of decimal digits shown
hasDecimals Bool? Decimal digits are shown or not
decimalSeparator String Text used to separate the decimal digits
currencyCode String Currency raw code value
alwaysShowsDecimalSeparator Bool Shows decimal separator even when there are no decimal digits
groupingSize Int The amount of grouped numbers
secondaryGroupingSize Int The amount of grouped numbers after the first group
groupingSeparator String String that is shown between groups of numbers
hasGroupingSeparator Bool Adds separator between all group of numbers
maxIntegers Int Maximum allowed number of integers
maxDigitsCount Int Returns the maximum amount of digits (integers + decimals)
zeroSymbol String Text shown when string’s value is equal zero


CurrencyText is compatible with Swift 3.x.
Only iOS 8.0+ is supported.
But we are planning to support other apple OS’s soon.


Install via CocoaPods

CocoaPods is a dependency manager for Swift and Objective-C Cocoa projects. It has over 57 thousand libraries and is used in over 3 million apps. CocoaPods can help you scale your projects elegantly.

Installing CocoaPods

$ sudo gem install cocoapods

Integrating CurrencyText

To integrate CurrencyText into your Xcode project using CocoaPods, specify it in your Podfile:

Tested with pod --version: 2.0.2

# Podfile

target 'YOUR_TARGET_NAME' do
pod 'CurrencyText'

Replace YOUR_TARGET_NAME and then, in the Podfile directory, type:

$ pod install
For those who doesn’t need UICurrencyTextField, you are able to donwload only the subspec CurrencyText/Formatter.


Carthage is a decentralized dependency manager that builds your dependencies and provides you with binary frameworks.
Carthage support is comming soon. If you want to help, please contribute :smile.


Contributions and feedbacks are always welcome. Please feel free to fork, follow, open issues and pull requests. The issues, milestones, and what we are currently working on can be seen in the main Project.

Special Thanks

To @malcommac for his awesome work with SwiftRichString and SwfitDate, that inspired some readme details, "CurrencyLocale" enum and the init with handler callback.
Also to myanalysis for contributing so much by finding issues and giving nice suggestions.


CurrencyText is released under the MIT license. See LICENSE for details.

Felipe Marino: [email protected], @_marinofelipe

Latest podspec

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    "summary": "Currency text formatter that fits your UITextField subclass.",
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    "license": {
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        "file": "LICENSE"
    "authors": {
        "Felipe Lefu00e8vre Marino": "[email protected]"
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        "tag": "2.0.3"
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    "source_files": "Sources/**/*.swift",
    "subspecs": [
            "name": "Formatter",
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            "source_files": "Sources/Formatter"

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