objective c - Set background color of NSView and NSImageView in cocoa

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I have a some NSViews % NSImageView that I made in IB, how can I set up a background color for each when the app awakesFromNib?

After google and search here, i found that can be done by creating Custom class of NSView or NSImageView and set color in their drawRect method.

Is their any other way by which i can set background color, and no need to create extra class for View/ImageView.


3 Answers: 

Their are two way to set background color of NSView/NSImageView, which i found.

First: By Subclassing of NSView/NSImageView

- (void)drawRect:(NSRect)aRect
    [[NSColor redColor] set];
    NSRectFill([self bounds]);


Don't want to make subclass, as you mentioned in your question. Then

[_backgroundView setWantsLayer:YES];
[_backgroundView.layer setBackgroundColor:[[NSColor redColor] CGColor]]];

Here _backgroundView is the IBOutlet/object of NSView/NSImageView. You just need to access layer of NSView/NSImageView for giving him backgroundcolor without subclassing them.


you cannot draw something custom without subclassing NSView however you can change background colour of layer.

[yourView setWantsLayer: YES];
[yourView.layer setBackgroundColor: [NSColor redColor].CGColor];

You can apply a background color to any NSView descendant via Interface Builder by implementing a category extension like this:

@implementation NSView (backgroundColor)

- (void)setBgColor:(NSColor *)color {
    [self setWantsLayer:YES];
    self.layer = [CALayer layer];
    [self.layer setBackgroundColor:[color CGColor]];


and provide a value for it in the User Defined Runtime Attributes panel in IB:

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