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How to give UITableViewCells a selected color other than gray

Swift version: 5.1

Paul Hudson    @twostraws   

Ever since iOS 7.0, table view cells have been gray when tapped, even when you specifically told Interface Builder you wanted them to be blue. Don't worry, though: it's an easy thing to change, as long as you don't mind writing three lines of code. Specifically, you need to add something like this to your cellForRowAt method:

let backgroundView = UIView()
backgroundView.backgroundColor = UIColor.red
cell.selectedBackgroundView = backgroundView

You can customize the view as much as you want to, but remember to keep the overall amount of work low to avoid hurting scroll performance.

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