-didSelectRowAtIndexPath: not being called – Dev

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I’m writing an iOS app with a table view inside a tab view. In my UITableViewController, I implemented -tableView:didSelectRowAtIndexPath:, but when I select a row at runtime, the method isn’t being called. The table view is being populated though, so I know that other tableView methods in my controller are being called.

Does anyone have any ideas what I may have screwed up to make this happen?


Another thing that might lead to the issue is not selected selection kind:

UITableView selection kind

Should be Single Selection for normal selection, should not be No Selection.

To do this programmatically, do:

tableView.allowsSelection = YES


Just in case someone made the same stupid mistake as I did:

Check out if the method name of what you expect of being didSelect may accidentally be gotten didDeselect in some way. It took about two hours for me to find out …


All good answers, but there’s one more to look out for…

(Particularly when creating a UITableView programmatically)

Make sure the tableView can respond to selection by setting [tableView setAllowsSelection:YES]; or removing any line that sets it to NO.


Another possibility is that a UITapGestureRecognizer could be eating the events, as was the case here: https://stackoverflow.com/a/9248827/214070

I didn’t suspect this cause, because the table cells would still highlight blue as if the taps were getting through.