Interacting with UITableView in Xcode UI Testing

Interacting with UITableView in Xcode UI Testing

11 April 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

UI Testing in Xcode, as introduced by Apple at WWDC 2015, provides developers with a powerful toolset to automate user interface testing of their apps. A common task during UI testing is to interact with a UITableView, which can include scrolling to a specific cell and tapping it. This guide will walk you through the process of tapping a particular cell in a UITableView using Xcode’s UITesting framework.

Identifying and Tapping a Specific Cell

When you want to tap a cell that contains a specific title, you’ll first need to query for the cell. Here’s how you can accomplish this:

XCUIElementQuery *tablesQuery =;

XCUIElementQuery *cellQuery = [tablesQuery.cells containingType:XCUIElementTypeStaticText

XCUIElementQuery* cell = [cellQuery childrenMatchingType:XCUIElementTypeStaticText];

XCUIElement* cellElement = cell.element;

[cellElement tap];

Replace “YourCellTitle” with the actual title of the cell you’re looking to interact with. This code snippet will find the cell that matches your criteria and perform a tap action on it.

Scrolling the UITableView

If the cell you want to tap is not visible on the screen, you may need to scroll the table view. You can use swipe gestures to scroll through the table view:

XCUIElementQuery *tablesQuery =;
XCUIElement* table = tablesQuery.element;

This example demonstrates how to scroll up in the table view. You can replace swipeUp with swipeDown, swipeLeft, or swipeRight to scroll in different directions.

Practical Tips

  • Ensure that the cell you are trying to tap has an accessibility identifier set. This makes it easier to query the cell during testing.
  • Remember to use the correct identifier in your query. This identifier should match the title or label of the cell in your UITableView.
  • Use swipe gestures to scroll to the cell if it’s not immediately visible. The UITesting framework will only interact with elements that are on-screen.


Interacting with a UITableView during UI testing in Xcode requires a combination of querying for the correct cell and potentially scrolling the table view to bring the cell into view. By following the code examples provided, you can automate tapping on cells within your table views, making your UI tests more robust and reliable.

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