If no Table View results, display “No Results” on screen

You can easily achieve that by using backgroundView property of UITableView.

Objective C:

- (NSInteger)numberOfSectionsInTableView:(UITableView *)tableView
    NSInteger numOfSections = 0;
    if (youHaveData)
        yourTableView.separatorStyle = UITableViewCellSeparatorStyleSingleLine;
        numOfSections                = 1;
        yourTableView.backgroundView = nil;
        UILabel *noDataLabel         = [[UILabel alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(0, 0, yourTableView.bounds.size.width, yourTableView.bounds.size.height)];
        noDataLabel.text             = @"No data available";
        noDataLabel.textColor        = [UIColor blackColor];
        noDataLabel.textAlignment    = NSTextAlignmentCenter;
        yourTableView.backgroundView = noDataLabel;
        yourTableView.separatorStyle = UITableViewCellSeparatorStyleNone;

    return numOfSections;


func numberOfSections(in tableView: UITableView) -> Int
    var numOfSections: Int = 0
    if youHaveData
        tableView.separatorStyle = .singleLine
        numOfSections            = 1
        tableView.backgroundView = nil
        let noDataLabel: UILabel  = UILabel(frame: CGRect(x: 0, y: 0, width: tableView.bounds.size.width, height: tableView.bounds.size.height))
        noDataLabel.text          = "No data available"
        noDataLabel.textColor     = UIColor.black
        noDataLabel.textAlignment = .center
        tableView.backgroundView  = noDataLabel
        tableView.separatorStyle  = .none
    return numOfSections

Reference UITableView Class Reference

backgroundView Property

The background view of the table view.



var backgroundView: UIView?


@property(nonatomic, readwrite, retain) UIView *backgroundView


A table view’s background view is automatically resized to match the
size of the table view. This view is placed as a subview of the table
view behind all cells, header views, and footer views.

You must set this property to nil to set the background color of the
table view.

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