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disable the uitableview highlighting but allow the selection of individual cells (8)

when you tap on a cell the row gets selected and highlighted.Now what i want to do is disable the highlighting but allow the selection.Is there a way around it.There is question that answers this but it disables both the selection and highlighting.

Change UITableViewCell 's selectedBackgroundView color to transparent.

    let clearView = UIView()
    clearView.backgroundColor = UIColor.clearColor() // Whatever color you like
    UITableViewCell.appearance().selectedBackgroundView = clearView

or to set for a specific cell:

cell.backgroundView = clearView

For Swift 3.0 :

cell.selectionStyle = .none

Here is the solution for swift 3,works even in editing mode

cell.selectionStyle = .gray
cell.selectedBackgroundView = {

    let colorView = UIView()
    colorView.backgroundColor =
    //change the alpha value or color to match with you UI/UX

    return colorView

To add a custom color use the below code. And to make it transparent use alpha: 0.0

cell.selectedBackgroundView = UIView(frame:
cell.selectedBackgroundView?.backgroundColor = UIColor(red:0.27, green:0.71, blue:0.73, alpha:1.0)

If you use custom color and want to give it rounded corner look use:

cell.layer.cornerRadius = 8

Also, use this for better animation and feel

func tableView(_ tableView: UITableView, didSelectRowAt indexPath: IndexPath) {

    tableView.deselectRow(at: indexPath, animated: true)

You can just set the cell's selection style to "None" from Storyboard:

Or from code:

cell.selectionStyle = UITableViewCellSelectionStyleNone;

For Swift 3:

cell.selectionStyle = UITableViewCellSelectionStyle.none

For Swift 4 & above:

cell.selectionStyle = .none

You can set the selection property of the cell itself in the storyboard

For Swift:

UITableViewCell.selectionStyle = UITableViewCellSelectionStyle.None;

Or when you subclass a cell in swift:

class CustomCell : UITableViewCell {

    required init(coder aDecoder: NSCoder) {
        super.init(coder: aDecoder)!
        selectionStyle = .None


For those looking for a programmatic way in Swift 3

cell.selectionStyle = UITableViewCellSelectionStyle.none