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ib designable ibinspectable interface builder does not update

ib designable ibinspectable interface builder does not update  using -'ios,interface-builder,ibdesignable,ibinspectable'

I have the following set of code:


#import <UIKit/UIKit.h>

@interface CustomView : UIView

@property (nonatomic) IBInspectable UIColor *borderColor;
@property (nonatomic) IBInspectable CGFloat borderWidth;
@property (nonatomic) IBInspectable CGFloat cornerRadius;



#import "CustomView.h"

@implementation CustomView

- (void)setBorderColor:(UIColor *)borderColor {
    _borderColor = borderColor;
    self.layer.borderColor = borderColor.CGColor;

- (void)setBorderWidth:(CGFloat)borderWidth {
    _borderWidth = borderWidth;
    self.layer.borderWidth = borderWidth;

- (void)setCornerRadius:(CGFloat)cornerRadius {
    _cornerRadius = cornerRadius;
    self.layer.cornerRadius = cornerRadius;


(For Swift reference, this problem was also occurring with Swift code)


class CustomView : UIView {
    override init(frame: CGRect) {
        super.init(frame: frame)

    required init(coder aDecoder: NSCoder) {
        super.init(coder: aDecoder)

    @IBInspectable var borderColor : UIColor = UIColor.clearColor() {
        didSet {
            self.layer.borderColor = borderColor.CGColor

    @IBInspectable var borderWidth : CGFloat = 0.0 {
        didSet {
            self.layer.borderWidth = borderWidth

    @IBInspectable var cornerRadius : CGFloat = 0.0 {
        didSet {
            self.layer.cornerRadius = cornerRadius

I added a UIView to a view controller on the storyboard and set its subclass to CustomView.

This adds the "Designables" row.  It is stuck on "Updating" and the tooltip says "Waiting for Target to Build".  It never changes from this status.

When I move to the attributes inspect, I am able to set these IBInspectable properties:

And once set, they also show up in the "User Defined Runtime Attributes":

However, the "Designables" status never moves beyond "Updating" with still the same tooltip (I've tried Cmd+B building several times, nothing changes).

Moreover, as I set the IBInspectable properties, I get a warning for each one:

  IBDesignables - Ignoring user defined runtime attribute for key path "borderColor" on instance of "UIView" ... this class is not key-value coding-compliant for the key borderColor.

Screenshot of the warnings generated:

I am familiar with the key-value coding-compliant issues and generally know how to solve them... but I don't understand how to solve this issue here.  According to the view's identity inspector, the view is a "CustomView" (not a regular "UIView", which doesn't have these properties).  And if the view weren't a "CustomView" then these designable properties wouldn't show up in the Attributes Inspector, right?  But when Interface Builder tries to apply these attributes to the view, it goes back to thinking the view's class is "UIView" and cannot apply the attributes.

Any help?  Please let me know if I've left out some important detail, but for what it's worth, I followed this tutorial exactly (other than ObjC vs Swift).  It's also worth noting that I followed this tutorial exactly on another machine and it worked like a charm (I intended to make this post last night but the computer I was on then didn't have this issue).

Based on comments, it has been suggest that perhaps the .m file isn't included and that might be causing the problem.  I thought surely I would have gone out of my way for this scenario to be the case, but I checked anyway.

When I first started attempting to do this, I was under the understanding that the IB_DESIGNABLE classes had to be part of a different UIKit framework.  So from this first screenshot, you can see that I set up a "CustomViews" framework, which has one class, CustomView.  You'll also see here that I also created a OtherView, which is identical to CustomView, except it's not in a separate framework.  The identical problem persists on the storyboard between both classes however.

Here we have a screenshot indicating that CustomView.m is included to be built with the CustomViews framework:

Meanwhile, the following screenshot indicates several things:

CustomViews.framework is appropriately included in the main project.
OtherView.m is also included as a compile source, so even if something is wrong with CustomView, OtherView should work, however it generates identical errors.
Main.storyboard and LaunchScreen.xib are showing up as red.  I have no idea why, and haven't the slightest clue as to why LaunchScreen.xib should (I haven't touched this file), though I can say after looking at other projects, Main.storyboard also shows up in red for those projects, and I'm not doing anything with IB_DESIGNABLE or IBInspectable there.

I have tried and retried this several times now.  It works every time on my computer at home--I can not reproduce the problem described in this question at home.  At work, it never works.  The problem described in this question happens every time.

Both computers are Mac Minis purchased new this year (not the new models, late 2012 model).  Both computers are running  OS X Yosemite 10.10.  Both computers are running Xcode Version 6.1.  At home, the build is (6A1052d).  This morning, I can confirm that both computers are running identical builds of Xcode.  

Others have suggested to me that it might be bad RAM.  That seems far fetched to me.  I've restarted the project multiple times, restarted the computer multiple times.  Seems to me if there were bad RAM on a computer approximately 6 months old, that I'd be seeing other problems, and that this problem would be less consistent.  But this exact problem persists despite numerous times restarting the entire project from scratch and full restarts on the computer.

It should be worth noting that if I actually compile and run this project, the custom view with the IBInspectable properties actually displays as I expect the storyboard to display it.  I imagine that this would be the case even with out the IB_DESIGNABLE and IBInspectable directives however, as these are created as User Defined Runtime Attributes.

asked Sep 15, 2015 by BWCKarolynjp
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