UITableViewCell detailTextLabel not showing up

You've registered the UITableViewCell

 forCellReuseIdentifier: "reuseIdentifier")

This means that when you call

forIndexPath: indexPath)

one will be automatically created for you using the UITableViewCellStyleDefault style.

Because you want a custom style you need to do a few things:


forCellReuseIdentifier: "reuseIdentifier")


var cell = tableView.dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier("reuseIdentifier", 
forIndexPath: indexPath)

with the following

var cell = tableView.dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier("reuseIdentifier")
if cell == nil {
    cell = UITableViewCell(style: .Value1, reuseIdentifier: "reuseIdentifier")

What is happening here is dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier will return nil if it can't dequeue a cell. You can then generate your own cell providing with the specified style.

If you are using Storyboard:

  1. select a cell
  2. go to attributes inspector
  3. click style
  4. choose Subtitle

I found that it's not enough to check if the cell is nil. I added this additional check:

var cell: UITableViewCell? = tableView.dequeueReusableCell(withIdentifier: cellReuseIdentifier, for: indexPath)
if cell == nil || cell?.detailTextLabel == nil {
    cell = UITableViewCell(style: .subtitle, reuseIdentifier: cellReuseIdentifier)