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How to create a list of static items

Paul Hudson    @twostraws   

Updated for Xcode 13.0

To create a static list of items you first need to define what each row in your list should look like. This is a view just like any other, and can have any parameters for data you intend to show in the row. Once you have your row, you can create a List view that creates as many rows as you need.

For example, this code defines a Pizzeria view that will show a name string, then uses that as a row for a List with three fixed pieces of data:

struct Pizzeria: View {
    let name: String

    var body: some View {
        Text("Restaurant: \(name)")

struct ContentView: View {
    var body: some View {
        List {
            Pizzeria(name: "Joe's Original")
            Pizzeria(name: "The Real Joe's Original")
            Pizzeria(name: "Original Joe's")

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A list containing “Restaurant: Joe's Original”, “Restaurant: The Real Joe's Original”, and “Restaurant: Original Joe’s”.

When that code runs you’ll see three rows in a table, just like you would have had with UITableView in UIKit or NSTableView in AppKit.

You don’t need to make each row use the same view type, so you can mix and match row views as you need.

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