Create a application in Xcode 6 – iOS 8 without storyborard in Swift language and work with controls

Xcode6  Swift  iOS8
Xcode6 Swift iOS8

We can create navigation-based application without storyboard in Xcode 6 (iOS 8) like as follows:

  • Create an empty application by selecting the project language as Swift.
  • Add new cocoa touch class files with the interface xib. (eg. TestViewController)
  • In the swift we have only one file interact with the xib i.e. *.swift file, there is no .h and .m files.
  • We can connect the controls of xib with swift file same as in iOS 7.

Following are some snippets for work with the controls and Swift !

//  TestViewController.swift

import UIKit

class TestViewController: UIViewController {

    @IBOutlet var testBtn : UIButton

    init(nibName nibNameOrNil: String?, bundle nibBundleOrNil: NSBundle?) {
        super.init(nibName: nibNameOrNil, bundle: nibBundleOrNil)
        // Custom initialization

    @IBAction func testActionOnBtn(sender : UIButton) {
        let cancelButtonTitle = NSLocalizedString("OK", comment: "")

        let alertController = UIAlertController(title: "Title", message: "Message", preferredStyle: .Alert)

        // Create the action.
        let cancelAction = UIAlertAction(title: cancelButtonTitle, style: .Cancel) { action in
            NSLog("The simple alert's cancel action occured.")

        // Add the action.

        presentViewController(alertController, animated: true, completion: nil)

    override func viewDidLoad() {

    override func didReceiveMemoryWarning() {


Changes in AppDelegate.swift file

//  AppDelegate.swift

import UIKit

class AppDelegate: UIResponder, UIApplicationDelegate {

    var window: UIWindow?

    var navigationController: UINavigationController?

    func application(application: UIApplication, didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: NSDictionary?) -> Bool {
        self.window = UIWindow(frame: UIScreen.mainScreen().bounds)
        self.window!.backgroundColor = UIColor.whiteColor()

        var testController: TestViewController? = TestViewController(nibName: "TestViewController", bundle: nil)
        self.navigationController = UINavigationController(rootViewController: testController)
        self.window!.rootViewController = self.navigationController

        return true

    func applicationWillResignActive(application: UIApplication) {

    func applicationDidEnterBackground(application: UIApplication) {

    func applicationWillEnterForeground(application: UIApplication) {

    func applicationDidBecomeActive(application: UIApplication) {

    func applicationWillTerminate(application: UIApplication) {


Happy Coding 🙂