How to change UITextfield placeholder color and fontsize using swift 2.0?

How to change UITextfield placeholder & fontsize in SWIFT 2.0?


#1. set Placeholder textfield color Programmatically

    var myMutableStringTitle = NSMutableAttributedString()
    let Name  = "Enter Title" // PlaceHolderText

    myMutableStringTitle = NSMutableAttributedString(string:Name, attributes: [NSFontAttributeName:UIFont(name: "Georgia", size: 20.0)!]) // Font
    myMutableStringTitle.addAttribute(NSForegroundColorAttributeName, value: UIColor.redColor(), range:NSRange(location:0,length:Name.characters.count))    // Color
    txtTitle.attributedPlaceholder = myMutableStringTitle


txtTitle.attributedPlaceholder = NSAttributedString(string:"Enter Title", attributes: [NSForegroundColorAttributeName: yellowColor])

Note : Name is your placeholder of textField.

PlaceHolder TextFiled :

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#2. set Placeholder textfield color at runtime attribute

  1. Set textfield placeHolder text Enter Title

  2. Click on identity inspector of textfield property.

  3. User Define Runtime Attributes, add color attributes

    Key Path : _placeholderLabel.textColor

    Type : Color

    value : Your Color or RGB value

    PlaceHolder TextFiled :

Updated for Swift 3

If you want to change the UITextField Placeholder color for Swift 3, use the following lines of code:

let yourTextFieldName = UITextField(frame: CGRect(x: 0, y: 0, width: 180, height: 21))
yourTextFieldName.attributedPlaceholder = NSAttributedString(string: "placeholder text", attributes: [NSForegroundColorAttributeName: UIColor.white])

For swift 4 instead of




You can try with this sample code

let  textFld = UITextField();
textFld.frame = CGRectMake(0,0, 200, 30) =;
textFld.attributedPlaceholder = NSAttributedString(string:"Test Data for place holder", attributes:[NSForegroundColorAttributeName: UIColor.blueColor(),NSFontAttributeName :UIFont(name: "Arial", size: 10)!])

Placeholder for textfield Objective C

NSString* str = @"Placeholder text...";                                    
NSRange range1 = [str rangeOfString:@"Placeholder text..."];

NSMutableAttributedString *attributedText = [[NSMutableAttributedString alloc] initWithString:str];
[attributedText setAttributes:@{
                                NSFontAttributeName:[UIFont fontWithName:customFont_NotoSans_Regular size:13.0]

[attributedText addAttribute:NSForegroundColorAttributeName value:[UIColor whiteColor] range:range1];

txtFld.font = [UIFont fontWithName:customFont_NotoSans_Regular size:13.0];
txtFld.keyboardType = UIKeyboardTypeDefault;
txtFld.attributedPlaceholder = attributedText;

For swift 4.2 use NSAttributedString.Key.foregroundColor instead of NSForegroundColorAttributeName

So, do it like so

textField.attributedPlaceholder = NSAttributedString(string: "placeholder text", attributes: [NSAttributedString.Key.foregroundColor: UIColor.white])

It's easy to do with a subclass of UITextField.

Add placeholderColor property to easily set the color, and then observer changing of .placeholder to apply the color to it (with use of .attributedPlaceholder property)

var placeholderColor: UIColor = .lightGray

override var placeholder: String? {
    didSet {
        let attributes = [ NSAttributedString.Key.foregroundColor: placeholderColor ]
        attributedPlaceholder = NSAttributedString(string: placeholder ?? "", attributes: attributes)

You do need to set the placeholder text programatically for the color to apply.

set Textfield placeholder

let leftBarButtonItem = UIBarButtonItem.init(image: UIImage(named:"ic_nav-bar_back.png"), landscapeImagePhone: nil, style: .plain, target: viewController, action: #selector(viewController.buttonClick(_:)))
        leftBarButtonItem.imageInsets = UIEdgeInsets(top: 0, left: -15, bottom: 0, right: 0)
        leftBarButtonItem.tintColor = UIColor(hex: 0xED6E19)
        viewController.navigationItem.setLeftBarButton(leftBarButtonItem, animated: true)

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