On a UILongPressGestureRecognizer how do I detect which object generated the event?

I have a view with several UIButtons. I have successfully implemented using UILongPressGestureRecognizer with the following as the selector;

- (void)longPress:(UILongPressGestureRecognizer*)gesture {
    if ( gesture.state == UIGestureRecognizerStateEnded ) {
        NSLog(@"Long Press");

What I need to know within this method is which UIButton received the longpress since I need to do something different, depending on which button received the longpress.

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    Any suggestions?


    3 Solutions Collect From Internet About “On a UILongPressGestureRecognizer how do I detect which object generated the event?”

    This is available in gesture.view.

    Are you adding the long tap gesture controller to the UIView that has the UIButtons as subviews? If so, something along the lines of @Magic Bullet Dave’s approach is probably the way to go.

    An alternative is to subclass UIButton and add to each UIButton a longTapGestureRecogniser. You can then get your button to do what you like. For example, it could send a message identifying itself to a view controller. The following snippet illustrates methods for the subclass.

    - (void) setupLongPressForTarget: (id) target;
        [self setTarget: target];  // property used to hold target (add @property and @synthesise as appropriate)
        UILongPressGestureRecognizer* longPress = [[UILongPressGestureRecognizer alloc] initWithTarget:button action:@selector(longPress:)];
        [self addGestureRecognizer:longPress];
        [longPress release];
    - (void) longPress: (UIGestureRecognizer*) recogniser;
        if (![recogniser isEnabled]) return; // code to prevent multiple long press messages
        [recogniser setEnabled:NO];
        [recogniser performSelector:@selector(setEnabled:) withObject: [NSNumber numberWithBool:YES] afterDelay:0.2];
        NSLog(@"long press detected on button"); 
        if ([[self target] respondsToSelector:@selector(longPressOnButton:)])
            [[self target] longPressOnButton: self];

    In your view controller you might have code something like this:

    - (void) viewDidLoad;
        // set up buttons (if not already done in Interface Builder)
        [buttonA setupLongPressForTarget: self];
        [buttonB setupLongPressForTarget: self];
        // finish any other set up
    - (void) longPressOnButton: (id) sender;
         if (sender = [self buttonA])
             // handle button A long press
        if (sender = [self buttonB])
             // handle button B long press
         // etc.

    If your view contains multiple subViews (like lots of buttons) you can determine what was tapped:

    // Get the position of the point tapped in the window co-ordinate system
    CGPoint tapPoint = [gesture locationInView:nil];
    UIView *viewAtBottomOfHeirachy = [self.window hitTest:tapPoint withEvent:nil];
    if ([viewAtBottomOfHeirachy isKindOfClass:[UIButton class]])