Latest 1.0.9
License MIT
Platforms ios 8.0, requires ARC

A subclassed UITextView that implements the Float Label UI design pattern.


If you are looking for the UITextField equivalent of this class, please visit my UIFloatLabelTextField repository.


In 2013, Matt D. Smith unveiled the Float Label user interface design pattern. In short, it retains a text field’s placeholder above said text field (or text view) as a floating label. This label is brightly colored when the field is active, and dimly colored when a user has finished editing that field.

Sample Gif of Library in Action

Image credit: Matt D. Smith.

Changelog (v1.0.8)


  • Works with all view init styles
    • Visual Formatting Language (for programmatic NSAutoLayout)
    • Manual Frame Initialization
    • Storyboards and Xibs
  • Works with all NSTextAlignments
  • Added Placeholder support
  • Support for disabling all default UIMenuController options
    • E.g., Paste, Copy, Cut, Select, Select All



pod 'UIFloatLabelTextView'


github "ArtSabintsev/UIFloatLabelTextView"


Check out UIFloatLabelTextView.h for a full list of editable properties. Also, check out the UIFloatLabelSampleApp for an example impementation of the application.

Created and maintained by

Arthur Ariel Sabintsev


Please refer to the LICENSE file.

Latest podspec

    "name": "UIFloatLabelTextView",
    "version": "1.0.9",
    "summary": "A subclassed UITextView that implements the Float Label UI design pattern.",
    "homepage": "",
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "8.0"
    "source": {
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        "tag": "1.0.9"
    "source_files": "UIFloatLabelTextView/*.{h,m}",
    "requires_arc": true,
    "social_media_url": "",
    "screenshots": "",
    "authors": {
        "Arthur Ariel Sabintsev": "[email protected]"
    "license": "MIT"

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