MapKit example in iPhone

In this application we will see how to map display and how to point out any location using latitude and longitude.

Step 1: Create a View base application using template. Give the application name “MapKitDisplay”.

Step 2: Xcode automatically creates the directory structure and adds essential frameworks to it. You can explore the directory structure to check out the content of the directory.

Step 3: Xpand classes and notice Interface Builder created the MapKitDisplayViewController class for you. Expand Resources and notice the template generated a separate nib, MapKitDisplay ViewController.xib, for the “ MapKitDisplay”.

Step 4: We need to add NSObject class in the project. Select Classes -> Add -> New File -> Cocoa Touch Class -> Objective C class -> select NSObject from the Subclass of. Give the file name “DisplayMap”.

Step 5: We have added two framework in the project. Select Frameworks -> Add -> Existing Frameworks -> Add CoreLocation.framework and MapKit.framework.

Step 6: In the MapKitDisplayViewController.h file, we have import MapKit framework, and define MKMapViewDelegate protocol in the file, also add Outlet with a pointer to the MkMapView class. So make the following changes in the file.

#import <uikit/UIKit.h>
#import <mapKit/MapKit.h>

@class DisplayMap;

@interface MapKitDisplayViewController : UIViewController <mkmapViewDelegate> {

	IBOutlet MKMapView *mapView;
@property (nonatomic, retain) IBOutlet MKMapView *mapView;

Step 7: Double click the MapKitDisplayViewController.xib file and open it to the Interface Builder. First drag the MapView from the library and place it to the view window. Connect File’s Owner icon to the View icon and select view. Connect File’s Owner icon to the MKMapView and select mapView. Now save the MapKitDisplayViewController.xib file, close it and go back to the Xcode.

Step 8: Open the MapKitDisplayViewController.m file and make the following changes in the file:

- (void)viewDidLoad {
    [super viewDidLoad];

	[mapView setMapType:MKMapTypeStandard];
	[mapView setZoomEnabled:YES];
	[mapView setScrollEnabled:YES];
	MKCoordinateRegion region = { {0.0, 0.0 }, { 0.0, 0.0 } }; = 22.569722 ; = 88.369722;
	region.span.longitudeDelta = 0.01f;
	region.span.latitudeDelta = 0.01f;
	[mapView setRegion:region animated:YES];

	[mapView setDelegate:self];

	DisplayMap *ann = [[DisplayMap alloc] init];
	ann.title = @" Kolkata";
	ann.subtitle = @"Mahatma Gandhi Road";
	ann.coordinate =;
	[mapView addAnnotation:ann];

-(MKAnnotationView *)mapView:(MKMapView *)mV viewForAnnotation:
 (id <mkannotation>)annotation {
	MKPinAnnotationView *pinView = nil;
	if(annotation != mapView.userLocation)
		static NSString *defaultPinID = @"";
		pinView = (MKPinAnnotationView *)[mapView dequeueReusableAnnotationViewWithIdentifier:defaultPinID];
		if ( pinView == nil ) pinView = [[[MKPinAnnotationView alloc]
										  initWithAnnotation:annotation reuseIdentifier:defaultPinID] autorelease];

		pinView.pinColor = MKPinAnnotationColorRed;
		pinView.canShowCallout = YES;
		pinView.animatesDrop = YES;
	else {
		[mapView.userLocation setTitle:@"I am here"];
	return pinView;

We define here first, coordinate regions to zeros, Then we enter coordinates of our place that, Kolkata (Mahatma Gandhi Road), define the latitude and longitude of this place. We create an instantiate of DisplayView object and add it to our map. To do this, we add the delegate function that will display the annotations on to our map. We start by having DisplayView name a pointer we’ll call “ann.”

Step 8: In the DisplayView.h file , we have import
and set CLLocation class reference to incorporate the geographical coordinates and altitude of our device. So make the following changes in the file.

#import <foundation/Foundation.h>
#import <mapKit/MKAnnotation.h>

@interface DisplayMap : NSObject <mkannotation> {

	CLLocationCoordinate2D coordinate;
	NSString *title;
	NSString *subtitle;
@property (nonatomic, assign) CLLocationCoordinate2D coordinate;
@property (nonatomic, copy) NSString *title;
@property (nonatomic, copy) NSString *subtitle;

Step 9: Open the DisplayView.m file and make the following changes in the file:

#import "DisplayMap.h"

@implementation DisplayMap

@synthesize coordinate,title,subtitle;

	[title release];
	[super dealloc];

Step 10: Now compile and run the application on the simulator.

You can Download SourceCode from here MapKitDisplay

  • Rick
  • July 13, 2010
  • iOS

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prashanth - July 15, 2010 Reply

this is prashanth …and i have been started i phone development from last few months….i need some help for my app…
i want to draw on already exited image in iphone ..and save back to same location ………can any one help me……

Luke - July 21, 2010 Reply

Thank you. This code was very helpful.

GJ - August 4, 2010 Reply

thanks for the tutorial.

how would you display more than one annotation on a map. if you had a few different locations for example.

Macheo - January 19, 2011 Reply

Deze code is voor fulscreen movie!

Stap 1:
Maak een mediaplayer.framework aan

Stap 2:
Zet deze code in je .h view:

UIWindow *window;


@property (nonatomic, retain) IBOutlet UIWindow *window;

Stap 3:
Zet deze code in je .m view:


-(IBAction)playMovie {
NSString *filepath = [[NSBundle mainBundle] pathForResource:@”Jou movie” ofType:@”Type movie”];
NSURL *fileURL = [NSURL fileURLWithPath:filepath];
MPMoviePlayerViewController *moviePlayerController = [[MPMoviePlayerViewController alloc] initWithContentURL:fileURL];
[moviePlayerController.moviePlayer play];
[window addSubview:moviePlayerController.view];


Ik hoop dat je hier iets aan hebt!

Groetjes Macheo

Farhan - January 23, 2011 Reply

Brilliant tutorial,

Its easy and simple helped me alot. in the same code if i want to add multiple pins and annotation any help please. I am stuck.

Phuoc Linh - January 25, 2011 Reply


zull - March 30, 2011 Reply

hye, thanks for the tutorial.
i have some problem. How i want to add more red pin in different places??
anyone plz help…

Warmup - April 10, 2011 Reply

I’ve just dowloaded XCode v4
Having some troubel to follow your example would it be possible to specify howto connect “STEP 7″ in xcode 4.

I can get the map map up and running but it is not centering or showingen any annotations.

-tnx for a cool site

Warmup - April 10, 2011 Reply

I’ve just dowloaded XCode v4
Having some troubel to follow your example would it be possible to specify howto connect "STEP 7" in xcode 4.

I can get the map map up and running but it is not centering or showingen any annotations.

-tnx for a cool site

Gautam - April 13, 2011 Reply

Thanx , Tutorial is very useful !!!!

Oriolus - April 27, 2011 Reply

thanks you, this is very helpful!!!

Ambo - May 17, 2011 Reply

Help please, i did everything as it says and get error saying:
receiver ‘DisplayMap’ is a forward class and corresponding @interface may not exist

and wont build :S

    Sushant - May 18, 2011 Reply

    Please checked

    #import “MapKitDisplayViewController.h”
    #import “DisplayMap.h” //is it import MapKitDisplayViewController.m file?

    next checked in DisplayMap.h file

    #import // Are you import this in the file?
    Just checked and let us know if you have any problem.

Gary Benna - June 17, 2011 Reply

Doesn’t work got these messages

DisplayMap *ann = [[DisplayMap alloc] init]; Receiver ‘DisplayMap’ is a forward class and corresponding @interface may not exist.
ann.title = @”Kolkata”; Request for member ‘title’ in something not a structure or union
ann.subtitle = @”Mahatma Gandhi Road”; Request for member ‘subtitle’ in something not a structure or union
ann.coordinate =; Request for member ‘coordinate’ in something not a structure or union
[mapView addAnnotation:ann]; Type ‘DisplayMap *’ does not conform to the MKAnnotation protocol.

I am using sdk 4.0 for iphone

Any suggestions what to do to fix this.

    Sushant - June 18, 2011 Reply

    Please checked

    You need to import DisplayMap.h file in the MapKitDisplayViewController.m file. It should be look like below:

    #import “MapKitDisplayViewController.h”
    #import “DisplayMap.h” //import this file.

    If you have still problem then let us know.

Gary Benna - June 17, 2011 Reply

Sorry about the multiple entriies it said invalid security code. Then I imported DisplayMap.h and everything works fine. Thanks gary

John - June 17, 2011 Reply

Like most of the samples out there this is a simply a rehash of the Apple sample MapCallouts that show a single annotation, or 2. What is need for real apps is the ability to display multiple annotations from some sort of array or data structure.

Gary Benna - July 6, 2011 Reply

I have this working, thank you. However I now am working on a situation in which I have a tableview. From that I pick a cell and from that window or xib I click on a button and it flips it over to reveal a mapview. This works fine in showing the map, pin, and annotations, but I can’t get it to drop the pin, it is just there. Any suggestions on how to get this to work?

Vincent - July 28, 2011 Reply

I have problem with this error.
start in crt1.10.6.o
ld: symbol(s) not found for architecture i386
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
anyone has idea about this. please help me

Jaimin - August 4, 2011 Reply

how can i add multiple place marks on single map as just example one pin should be dropped at your current location and other pin should be dropped at other location & so on there would be other pins should be dropped by on loading map how can i create that?

Abhishek - March 17, 2012 Reply

Thanks, code is working for me…

Prasad Lodha - July 26, 2012 Reply

Very helpful tutorial. Thanks. Much appreciated.

Gautam - August 7, 2012 Reply

Thanbks Its a helpful tutorial !

raju - January 23, 2013 Reply

Use appdelegate string as singleton app.h first pe jaega
@class first;

@interface WOTWAppDelegate : NSObject {

NSString *str1;

}@property ( nonatomic,retain) UINavigationController *nav;

@property ( nonatomic,retain) NSString *str1;

@synthesize window,nav,str1;
self.viewController = [[[first alloc] initWithNibName:@”first” bundle:nil] autorelease];
self.nav = [[UINavigationController alloc] initWithRootViewController:viewController];
self.window.rootViewController = self.nav;
[self.window makeKeyAndVisible];

andrew seth - January 23, 2013 Reply

Gridview * sat = [[Gridview alloc]init];
[self.navigationController pushViewController:sat animated:NO];


imagesList = [[NSMutableArray alloc] init];
[imagesList addObject:@”A1.png”];

2nd me
return [imagesList count];

(UITableViewCell *)tableView:(UITableView *)tableView cellForRowAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath
static NSString *CellIdentifier = @”Cell”;
customcell *cell = [tableView dequeueReusableCellWithIdentifier:CellIdentifier];
if (cell == nil) {
cell = [[[customcell alloc] initWithStyle:UITableViewCellStyleDefault reuseIdentifier:CellIdentifier] autorelease];

cell.Img.image=[UIImage imageNamed:[imagesList objectAtIndex:indexPath.row]];
cell.lbl.text = [arryData objectAtIndex:indexPath.row];
cell.sublbl.text = [subtittledata objectAtIndex:indexPath.row];
// Configure the cell…

return cell;

– (void)tableView:(UITableView *)tableView didSelectRowAtIndexPath:(NSIndexPath *)indexPath

WOTWAppDelegate *app=[[UIApplication sharedApplication] delegate];
app.str1=[arryData objectAtIndex:indexPath.row] ;

WOTWViewController *st = [[WOTWViewController alloc]init];
[self.navigationController pushViewController:st animated:YES];


andrew seth - January 23, 2013 Reply

WOTWAppDelegate *app=[[UIApplication sharedApplication] delegate];

NSLog(@”namepdf= %@”,app.str1);
if ([str1 isEqualToString:@”A-Family-Man.pdf”])

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