Creating a Simple Table View in Swift with Random Names


Table views are a fundamental component of many iOS applications, allowing you to present data in an organized and user-friendly manner. This article
will explore how to create a simple table view in Swift and populate it with random names. This tutorial will help you understand the basics of working with table views and provide a foundation for building more advanced and dynamic interfaces.


To follow along with this tutorial, you should have a basic understanding of Swift programming and be familiar with Xcode, Apple's integrated development environment (IDE) for iOS development. Ensure that you have Xcode installed on your system before proceeding.

Step 1: Setting up the Project

To begin, open Xcode and create a new project. Choose the "Single View App" template and provide a name for your project. Make sure to select Swift as the programming language.

Step 2: Designing the User Interface

Next, let's design the user interface for our table view. Open the Main.storyboard file and drag a Table View object from the Object Library onto the view controller's canvas. Adjust its size and position as desired. Additionally, select the Table View and set the prototype cell's style to "Basic" in the Attributes Inspector.

Step 3: Creating the Table View Controller

Now, create a new Swift file for the table view controller. Right-click on the project folder, select "New File," choose the Swift file template, and provide a name for your file (e.g., RandomNamesTableViewController.swift).

In the newly created Swift file, import UIKit and define a class named RandomNamesTableViewController that inherits from UITableViewController. Override the viewDidLoad() method and add the necessary code to load the table view with random names.

Step 4: Generating Random Names

Inside the RandomNamesTableViewController class, create an array to hold the random names. For simplicity, we'll generate random names using an array of pre-defined names. Add the following code snippet to the viewDidLoad() method:

let names = ["John", "Emma", "Oliver", "Sophia", "William", "Ava", "James", "Isabella", "Benjamin", "Mia"]

for _ in 1...10 {
    let randomIndex = Int.random(in: 0..

Step 5: Implementing UITableViewDataSource

To display the names in the table view, we need to conform to the UITableViewDataSource protocol. Add the following extension to the RandomNamesTableViewController class:

extension RandomNamesTableViewController {
    override func tableView(_ tableView: UITableView, numberOfRowsInSection section: Int) -> Int {
        // Return the number of names in the array
    override func tableView(_ tableView: UITableView, cellForRowAt indexPath: IndexPath) -> UITableViewCell {
        let cell = tableView.dequeueReusableCell(withIdentifier: "Cell", for: indexPath)
        // Configure the cell with a random name from the array
        return cell

In the tableView(_:numberOfRowsInSection:) method, return the count of names in the array. This determines the number of rows in the table view.

In the tableView(_:cellForRowAt:) method, dequeue a reusable cell with the identifier "Cell" (assuming you set this identifier in the storyboard). Configure the cell by setting its text label to a random name from the array.

Step 6: Finalizing the Setup

To ensure that the table view controller is properly connected to the user interface, open the Main.storyboard file again. Select the table view and set its "Delegate" and "DataSource" outlets to the table view controller object.


In this article, we explored how to create a simple table view in Swift and populate it with random names. By following these steps, you have learned the basics of working with table views and implementing the necessary data source methods. This knowledge can be further expanded upon to create more dynamic and interactive table views in your iOS applications. Happy coding!

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