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Balázs Vincze February 2016

Fit given number of cells in uicollectionview per row

I have a collection view and I would like to have let's say 4 cells per row. I know that to accomplish this all I need to do is divide collectionview.frame.size.width by 4. This is easy. However, what I can not figure out, is how to take into consideration the insets at the side of the collection view and the spacing between the cells. I have 10 pixel insets on the left and right of the collection view, as well as there is a 10 pixel spacing between the cells. How can I calculate the required cell width taking these 10 px insets into account?


faarwa February 2016


To account for the space, you can subtract it from the collection view frame width (subtracting 5*10).

leokwanbt14 February 2016

To better explain the math, faarwa's example is only for 4 cells. Assuming 1 row, there are 5 blocks of spacing for 4 cell items (stick out 4 fingers and count the spaces from far end of pinky to far end of index finger).

There will always be n + 1 spaces for the n cells you have in one row. Faarwa assumes each space is 10 so he multiplied 5 cells by 10 to get 50. You need to figure out how much space you have left to work with after padding— so if assuming your screen width is 200, you must subtract the two values to get the remaining width, or "(collectionView.frame.size.width-50)".

Continuing with the 200 width assumption and 4 cell items, you must divide your difference (150) by 4 to get the width each cell should be for equal spacing.

Experiment and go through some trial and error, but here are the 2 methods I used to get a collection view of exercise sets from an array of set objects.

// UICollectionViewDataSource method

func collectionView(collectionView: UICollectionView, layout collectionViewLayout: UICollectionViewLayout, 
sizeForItemAtIndexPath indexPath: NSIndexPath) -> CGSize {

let numberOfSets = CGFloat(self.currentExSets.count)

let width = (collectionView.frame.size.width - (numberOfSets * view.frame.size.width / 15))/numberOfSets

let height = collectionView.frame.size.height / 2

return CGSizeMake(width, height);

// UICollectionViewDelegateFlowLayout method

func collectionView(collectionView: UICollectionView, layout collectionViewLayout: UICollectionViewLayout,
insetForSectionAtIndex section: Int) -> UIEdgeInsets {

let cellWidthPadding = collectionView.frame.size.width / 30
let cellHeightPadding = collectionView.frame.size.height / 4
return UIEdgeInsets(top: cellHeightPadding,left: cellWidthPadding,
bottom: cellHeightPadding,right: cellWidthPadding)



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