How to use NSTextFinder programmatically?

How to use NSTextFinder programmatically?

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How to use NSTextFinder programmatically?
Tag : macos , By : Jenuel
Date : November 04 2020, 03:01 PM

this will help I'd like to do a "find" operation in an NSTextView without using the built-in find bar. How can I programmatically set a search string and have the results highlighted inside the text view? , Here's my test code (hacky, experimental):
@interface ViewController ()

@property (strong) NSTextFinder *textFinder;
@property (weak) IBOutlet NSTextView *textView; // find Uses Bar, Incremental Searching is on
@property (weak) NSView *myFindBarView;
@property (weak) IBOutlet NSView *findBarContainerView; // hidden
@property BOOL barVisible;


@implementation ViewController

- (void)viewDidLoad {
    [super viewDidLoad];
    self.textFinder = [[NSTextFinder alloc] init];
    self.textFinder.incrementalSearchingEnabled = YES;
    self.textFinder.incrementalSearchingShouldDimContentView = YES;
    self.textFinder.client = (id<NSTextFinderClient>)self.textView;
    self.textFinder.findBarContainer = self;
    [self.textFinder performAction:NSTextFinderActionShowFindInterface];

- (IBAction)testSearchString:(id)sender {
    // action method of a Test button, searches for "found"
    [self.textFinder cancelFindIndicator];

    // search the subviews for a view of class NSSearchField
    __block __weak NSSearchField *(^weak_findSearchField)(NSView *);
    NSSearchField *(^findSearchField)(NSView *);
    weak_findSearchField = findSearchField = ^(NSView *view) {
        if ([view isKindOfClass:[NSSearchField class]])
            return (NSSearchField *)view;
        __block NSSearchField *foundView = nil;
        [view.subviews enumerateObjectsUsingBlock:^(NSView *subview, NSUInteger idx, BOOL *stop) {  
            foundView = weak_findSearchField(subview);
            if (foundView)
                *stop = YES;
        return foundView;

    NSSearchField *searchField = findSearchField(self.myFindBarView);
    [searchField setStringValue:@"found"];
    // execute the action of the search field to confirm the new value and do a search
    [searchField sendAction:searchField.action to:searchField.target];
    /* add to select all
    [self.textFinder performAction:NSTextFinderActionSelectAll];

// NSTextFinderBarContainer

- (void)findBarViewDidChangeHeight {

- (NSView *)findBarView {
    return self.myFindBarView;

- (void)setFindBarView:(NSView *)theView {
    self.myFindBarView = theView;
    if (theView) {
        NSRect frame = theView.frame;
        frame.size.width = self.findBarContainerView.bounds.size.width;
        theView.frame = frame;
        [self.findBarContainerView addSubview:theView];

- (NSView *)contentView {
    return self.textView.enclosingScrollView.contentView;

- (BOOL)isFindBarVisible {
    return self.barVisible;

- (void)setFindBarVisible:(BOOL)theVisible {
    self.barVisible = theVisible;


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NSTextFinder set search string and clear visual feedback programmatically

Tag : objective-c , By : Martin
Date : March 29 2020, 07:55 AM
help you fix your problem I found my answers, so for others here's how to do it.
First you need an instance of NSTextFinder so you can control it. We set that up in code.
textFinder = [[NSTextFinder alloc] init];
[textFinder setClient:textView];
[textFinder setFindBarContainer:[textView enclosingScrollView]];
[textView setUsesFindBar:YES];
[textView setIncrementalSearchingEnabled:YES];
[textFinder cancelFindIndicator];
[textFinder noteClientStringWillChange];
// change the NSFindPboard NSPasteboardTypeString
NSPasteboard* pBoard = [NSPasteboard pasteboardWithName:NSFindPboard];
[pBoard declareTypes:[NSArray arrayWithObjects:NSPasteboardTypeString, NSPasteboardTypeTextFinderOptions, nil] owner:nil];
[pBoard setString:@"new search" forType:NSStringPboardType];
NSDictionary* options = [NSDictionary dictionaryWithObjectsAndKeys:[NSNumber numberWithBool:YES], NSTextFinderCaseInsensitiveKey, [NSNumber numberWithInteger:NSTextFinderMatchingTypeContains], NSTextFinderMatchingTypeKey, nil];
[pBoard setPropertyList:options forType:NSPasteboardTypeTextFinderOptions];

// put the new search string in the find bar
[textFinder cancelFindIndicator];
[textFinder performAction:NSTextFinderActionSetSearchString];
[textFinder performAction:NSTextFinderActionShowFindInterface]; // make sure the find bar is showing
[myWindow makeFirstResponder:outlineView];
[myWindow makeFirstResponder:textView];

NSTextFinder action on NSTextView

Tag : macos , By : goffi
Date : March 29 2020, 07:55 AM

Tag : objective-c , By : lewing
Date : March 29 2020, 07:55 AM

How do I get NSTextFinder to show up

Tag : objective-c , By : Sebastian Gift
Date : March 29 2020, 07:55 AM

NSTextFinder + programmatically changing the text in NSTextView

Tag : cocoa , By : user96271
Date : March 29 2020, 07:55 AM
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