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19Nov/147

WatchKit Error – unable to instantiate row controller class

Trying to create a simple WatchKit table, I hit the error shown in this blog post title.

You mileage may vary, but the eventual cause was that when I added my custom RowController class I accidentally added it to the wrong module … I added it to the main iOS app (WatchTest) instead of the Watch extension:

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The first hint of this was when I was trying to reference the RowController when calling rowControllerAtIndex, and my custom row controller class could not be found:

var rootRow = rootTable.rowControllerAtIndex(0) as RootRowController

By this time I’d already set it as the RowController class for my table’s row in the storyboard, and had inadvertently referenced the wrong module:

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I fixed the compilation error by adding my custom RowController to the Watch extension module, but accidentally added it to both modules:

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Everything compiled but when I ran the log shows the error from the title: Error - unable to instantiate row controller class

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I eventually figured out my mistake, and made sure that the row controller only belonged to the extension module:

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And I made sure the correct module was referenced when defining the RowController in the storyboard:

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It would be nice if the Watch App’s storyboard only saw classes in the Watch Extension’s module.

Filed under: Apple Watch, Swift 7 Comments