Applies to TestComplete 14.40, last modified on June 02, 2020

About Support

TestComplete can recognize iOS TextField controls in iOS applications. It provides special properties and methods that let you retrieve the controls data and simulate user actions on the controls (see below).


In order for TestComplete to be able to work with iOS TextField controls, the following requirements must be met:

  • You must have an active license for the TestComplete Mobile module.

  • Your tested iOS application, the devices and the computer where TestComplete runs must be configured in a special way as it is described in the topics of the Preparing Applications, Devices, and Test Computers for iOS Testing section.

  • The control’s class name must be specified in the iOS Controls | Text field group of your project’s Object Mapping options. By default, this group contains the following item:

    • UITextField

    To command TestComplete to recognize instances of the specified class’s descendants as iOS TextField controls, select the Derived Classes check box next to the control’s class name.

    You can also command the test engine to recognize custom controls as iOS TextField controls. See below for information about this.

  • Support for the iOS TextField controls is implemented by the iOS Support plugin. This plugin is installed and enabled automatically as part of the TestComplete Mobile module.

    If you experience issues when working with the controls, select File > Install Extensions from the TestComplete main menu and check whether the plugin is active. (You can find the plugin in the Mobile group.) If the plugin is not available, run the TestComplete installation in the Repair mode.

Recognizing Custom Controls

To command TestComplete to recognize your custom controls as iOS TextField controls:

  1. Open your project’s Object Mapping options.

  2. Add the control’s class name to the iOS Controls | Text field group.

    If you do not know the control’s name, you can ask the control’s developers, or you can view the control’s ObjectClassName property in the Object Browser panel. As an alternative, you can click Add From Screen and select your custom control on screen. TestComplete will retrieve the control’s class name and add it to the selected mapping group automatically. For detailed information, see Object Mapping.

Once the control is mapped, it gets all the properties, methods and actions specific to the iOS TextField control.

If the specified custom control does not fit the control’s type, then it may not properly respond to commands that TestComplete sends, so recording or playing back user actions over the tested control will cause errors.


When testing iOS TextField controls, you can use properties and methods specific to these controls, as well as properties and methods that TestComplete applies to tested objects, onscreen objects and window objects. For the full list of available properties and methods, see the following topics:


  • During the test recording, if you do not press Return (Enter) at the end of the text input in the control, TestComplete will record the input as setting the wText property.

  • For IOS 13: The Keys action might not work if the iOS TextField control is set to disable text copying (secureTextEntry = true) and if an input string contains symbols from a language that differs from the keyboard language. In such cases, use the SetText action instead of Keys.

See Also

List of iOS Controls
Testing iOS Applications
Working With iOS Text Edit Controls

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