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How to add a placeholder to a TextField

Paul Hudson    @twostraws   

Updated for Xcode 13.3

SwiftUI’s TextField supports placeholder text just like UITextField did – gray text that is shown in the text field when it’s empty, either giving users a prompt (“Enter your password”) or showing some example data.

To set your placeholder text, pass it in as part of the initializer for your text field, like this:

struct ContentView: View {
    @State private var emailAddress = ""

    var body: some View {
        TextField("johnnyappleseed@apple.com", text: $emailAddress)
            .textFieldStyle(.roundedBorder)
            .padding()
    }
}

Download this as an Xcode project

A text field with a thin grey outline containing the placeholder text “johnnyappleseed@apple.com”.

Important: If you’re using Xcode 12 you need to use RoundedBorderTextFieldStyle() rather than .roundedBorder.

That will show “johnnyappleseed@apple.com” in the text field while it’s empty, but as soon as the user types something in there it disappears.

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