Adding a UILabel to a UIToolbar

I'm trying to add a label to my toolbar. Button works great, however when I add the label object, it crashes. Any ideas?

UIBarButtonItem *setDateRangeButton = [[UIBarButtonItem alloc] initWithTitle:@"Set date range"
                                                                       style:UIBarButtonItemStyleBordered
                                                                      target:self
                                                                      action:@selector(setDateRangeClicked:)];

UILabel *label = [[UILabel alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(5, 5, 20, 20)];
label.text = @"test";

[toolbar setItems:[NSArray arrayWithObjects:setDateRangeButton,label, nil]];

// Add the toolbar as a subview to the navigation controller.
[self.navigationController.view addSubview:toolbar];

// Reload the table view
[self.tableView reloadData];

Answers


Have a look into this

[[UIBarButtonItem alloc] initWithCustomView:yourCustomView];

Essentially every item must be a "button" but they can be instantiated with any view you require. Here is some example code. Note, since other buttons are typically on the toolbar, spacers are placed on each side of the title button so it stays centered.

NSMutableArray *items = [[self.toolbar items] mutableCopy];

UIBarButtonItem *spacer = [[UIBarButtonItem alloc] initWithBarButtonSystemItem:UIBarButtonSystemItemFlexibleSpace target:nil action:nil];
[items addObject:spacer];
[spacer release];

self.titleLabel = [[UILabel alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(0.0 , 11.0f, self.view.frame.size.width, 21.0f)];
[self.titleLabel setFont:[UIFont fontWithName:@"Helvetica-Bold" size:18]];
[self.titleLabel setBackgroundColor:[UIColor clearColor]];
[self.titleLabel setTextColor:[UIColor colorWithRed:157.0/255.0 green:157.0/255.0 blue:157.0/255.0 alpha:1.0]];
[self.titleLabel setText:@"Title"];
[self.titleLabel setTextAlignment:NSTextAlignmentCenter];

UIBarButtonItem *spacer2 = [[UIBarButtonItem alloc] initWithBarButtonSystemItem:UIBarButtonSystemItemFlexibleSpace target:nil action:nil];
[items addObject:spacer2];
[spacer2 release];

UIBarButtonItem *title = [[UIBarButtonItem alloc] initWithCustomView:self.titleLabel];
[items addObject:title];
[title release];

[self.toolbar setItems:items animated:YES];
[items release];

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