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How to add sections to a list

Paul Hudson    @twostraws   

Updated for Xcode 14.0 beta 1

Updated in iOS 15

SwiftUI’s list view has built-in support for sections and section headers, just like UITableView in UIKit. To add a section around some cells, start by placing a Section around it, optionally also adding a header and footer.

As an example, we could create a row that holds task data for a reminders app, then create a list view that has two sections: one for important tasks and one for less important tasks.

Here’s how that looks:

struct TaskRow: View {
    var body: some View {
        Text("Task data goes here")
    }
}

struct ContentView: View {
    var body: some View {
        List {
            Section(header: Text("Important tasks")) {
                TaskRow()
                TaskRow()
                TaskRow()
            }

            Section(header: Text("Other tasks")) {
                TaskRow()
                TaskRow()
                TaskRow()
            }
        }
    }
}

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A list with two sections, with headers “Important Tasks” and “Other Tasks” respectively in all caps.

You can also add footer text to sections, like this:

List {
    Section(header: Text("Other tasks"), footer: Text("End")) {
        Text("Row 1")
        Text("Row 2")
        Text("Row 3")
    }
}

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A list section with header “Other Tasks” in all caps, and footer “End”.

By default your section headers will match the default iOS style, but you can request larger, bolder section text using the headerProminence() modifier and specifying .increased, like this:

List {
    Section(header: Text("Header")) {
        Text("Row")
    }
    .headerProminence(.increased)
}
.listStyle(.insetGrouped)

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A list with header text “Header” in large, bold, print.

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