iOS – UICollectionView spacing still there when set to 0 – How to set with no spacing between cells

By | January 12, 2018
Questions:

I have a simple UICollectionView which I have set with 0 spacing in InterfaceBuilder but when I populate the collection view with cells there is still some spacing. Is there something special and not immediately obvious that I need to do in order to actually see a collectionview cell with 0 spacing beyond setting it to have 0 spacing? Thanks.

EDIT* some code:

  - (UICollectionViewCell *)collectionView:(UICollectionView *)cv cellForItemAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath {

UICollectionViewCell *cell = [cv dequeueReusableCellWithReuseIdentifier:@"Cell" forIndexPath:indexPath];


cell.backgroundColor = [UIColor clearColor];

UILabel *lbl = [[UILabel alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(2, 2, cell.frame.size.width -4, cell.frame.size.height -4)];
lbl.backgroundColor = [UIColor clearColor];
lbl.font = [UIFont boldSystemFontOfSize:20];
lbl.text = [NSString stringWithFormat:@"$%0.0f", [[amountsArray objectAtIndex:indexPath.row] floatValue]];
lbl.textAlignment = NSTextAlignmentCenter;
lbl.layer.borderWidth = 1;


[cell addSubview:lbl];
[lbl release];


return cell;
}

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Answers:

Simple solution for your Query. Add this in your viewController’s .m file:

-(void)collectionView:(UICollectionView *)collectionView didSelectItemAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath
{
    ProductDetailViewController *HomeVC = [self.storyboard instantiateViewControllerWithIdentifier:@"ProductDetailView"];
    HomeVC.title = @"BrianDemo";
    [self.navigationController pushViewController:HomeVC animated:YES];
}

- (UIEdgeInsets)collectionView:(UICollectionView*)collectionView layout:(UICollectionViewLayout *)collectionViewLayout insetForSectionAtIndex:(NSInteger)section {
    return UIEdgeInsetsMake(0, 0, 0, 0); // top, left, bottom, right
}

- (CGFloat)collectionView:(UICollectionView *)collectionView layout:(UICollectionViewLayout*)collectionViewLayout minimumInteritemSpacingForSectionAtIndex:(NSInteger)section {

    return 0.0;
}

- (CGFloat)collectionView:(UICollectionView *)collectionView layout:(UICollectionViewLayout*)collectionViewLayout minimumLineSpacingForSectionAtIndex:(NSInteger)section {
    return 0.0;
}

Questions:
Answers:

You have to create custom UICollectionViewLayout.

Space between the cells will be equal to cellSpacing.

import UIKit

class CustomViewFlowLayout : UICollectionViewFlowLayout {

    let cellSpacing:CGFloat = 0

    override func layoutAttributesForElementsInRect(rect: CGRect) -> [UICollectionViewLayoutAttributes]? {
        if let attributes = super.layoutAttributesForElementsInRect(rect) {
            for (index, attribute) in attributes.enumerate() {
                if index == 0 { continue }
                let prevLayoutAttributes = attributes[index - 1]
                let origin = CGRectGetMaxX(prevLayoutAttributes.frame)
                if(origin + cellSpacing + attribute.frame.size.width < self.collectionViewContentSize().width) {
                    attribute.frame.origin.x = origin + cellSpacing
                }
            }
            return attributes
        }
        return nil
    }
}

Questions:
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I solved this issue and got the layout I desired with the following:

- (UICollectionViewCell *)collectionView:(UICollectionView *)cv cellForItemAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath {

UICollectionViewCell *cell = [cv dequeueReusableCellWithReuseIdentifier:@"Cell" forIndexPath:indexPath];



    cell.backgroundColor = [UIColor clearColor];

    //clear any contents on the cell
    for (UIView *subView in [cell subviews]) {
    [subView removeFromSuperview];
    }


    //Label to put on the cell
    UILabel *lbl = [[UILabel alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(2, 2, cell.frame.size.width -4, cell.frame.size.height -4)];
    lbl.backgroundColor = [UIColor clearColor];
    lbl.textColor = [UIColor colorWithRed:[CPExtras RGBtoPercent:70] green:[CPExtras RGBtoPercent:92] blue:[CPExtras RGBtoPercent:105] alpha:1];
    lbl.font = [UIFont boldSystemFontOfSize:20];
    lbl.text = @"100";
    lbl.textAlignment = NSTextAlignmentCenter;

    //Give the cell a border
    cell.layer.borderColor = [[UIColor colorWithRed:[CPExtras RGBtoPercent:70] green:[CPExtras RGBtoPercent:92] blue:[CPExtras RGBtoPercent:105] alpha:0.5] CGColor];
    cell.layer.borderWidth = 0.5;


    [cell addSubview:lbl];

    [lbl release];





return cell;
}

In IB I had these measurement settings for the collectionview:

Collection View size

Collection view flow layout size

Questions:
Answers:

Swift 3 version of @MihirOza ‘s solution

Worked for both Horizontal and Vertical collection views

Code

// removing spacing
func collectionView(_ collectionView: UICollectionView, layout collectionViewLayout: UICollectionViewLayout, insetForSectionAt section: Int) -> UIEdgeInsets {
    return UIEdgeInsets(top: 0, left: 0, bottom: 0, right: 0)
}
func collectionView(_ collectionView: UICollectionView, layout collectionViewLayout: UICollectionViewLayout, minimumInteritemSpacingForSectionAt section: Int) -> CGFloat {
    return 0.0
}
func collectionView(_ collectionView: UICollectionView, layout collectionViewLayout: UICollectionViewLayout, minimumLineSpacingForSectionAt section: Int) -> CGFloat {
    return 0.0
}

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The documentation for [UICollectionViewFlowLayout minimumInteritemSpacing] mentions:

This spacing is used to compute how many items can fit in a single line, but after the number of items is determined, the actual spacing may possibly be adjusted upward.

You may need to implement a custom layout to do this. The documentation can be found here, and an example here.

Questions:
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In order to actually have zero space, the number of cells and their width should be divisible by the collection view’s own width, for example
if you have 5 cells at a time with a width of 100px, then your collection view should have 500px in width, if it’s larger then it will force a space between cells.

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