I recently built an application where I wanted to be able to toggle the UISearchBar that sits on top of the UITableView. Basically, the app would provide a magnifiying glasses button and when clicked, it would hide this view. By default, the search bar would be showing.

The first step to this is to create a local BOOL named _isHidden and set it to NO in viewDidLoad.

- (void)viewWillAppear:(BOOL)animated {
    _isHidden = NO;
    tableViewHeader = self.tableView.tableHeaderView;

Now, to make the UISearch bar disappear, you need to use a UIView animation block:

- (void)toggleSearchBar{
    CGRect frame;
        frame = CGRectMake(0, 0, 320, 0.0f);
        _isHidden = YES;
    } else {
        frame = CGRectMake(0, 0, 320, searchBarHeight);
        _isHidden = NO;

         searchBar.frame  = frame;
     } completion:^(BOOL finished) {
             self.tableView.tableHeaderView = nil;
         } else{
             self.tableView.tableHeaderView = tableViewHeader;

This code is pretty simple. First, I’m looking at the global _isHidden variable and setting the frame of the UISearchBar to either 0.0f or searchBarHeight (currently set to 44.0f). In the animation block, I am reseting the frame over a period of 300 milliseconds. After the animation is complete, it is important that you reset the tableHeaderView, otherwise you are going to see a gap at the top of your UITableViewController. To hide this gap, you set

self.tableView.tableHeaderView = nil;

And when you want to un-hide the UISearchBar, use:

self.tableView.tableHeaderView = tableViewHeader;

Notice, tableViewHeader was set in viewDidLoad. I can confirm this works pretty well, and I have not found a better solution online after searching for about 15 minutes.