RodolfoAntonici RodolfoAntonici - 2 months ago 6x
Swift Question

Swift Optional Dictionary [String: String?] unwrapping error

So here I have a basic setup

var preferenceSpecification = [String : String?]()
preferenceSpecification["Key"] = "Some Key"
preferenceSpecification["Some Key"] = nil
preferenceSpecification["DefaultValue"] = "Some DefaultValue"
var defaultsToRegister = [String : String]()

if let key = preferenceSpecification["Key"], let defaultValueKey = preferenceSpecification["DefaultValue"] {
defaultsToRegister[key] = preferenceSpecification[defaultValueKey]!

But the error points out where it demands that I force unwrap this, to be like this:

defaultsToRegister[key!] = preferenceSpecification[defaultValueKey!]!

Which doesn't make sense, because keyValue and defaultValue already are unwrapped


When you extract a value from a dictionary like this using subscript

[String: String?]

you need to manage 2 levels of optional. The first one because the subscript returns an optional. The second one because the value of you dictionary is an optional String.

So when you write

if let value = preferenceSpecification["someKey"] {


you get value defined as an optional String.

Here's the code to fix that

if let
    optionalKey = preferenceSpecification["Key"],
    key = optionalKey,
    optionalDefaultValueKey = preferenceSpecification["DefaultValue"],
    defaultValueKey = optionalDefaultValueKey,
    value = preferenceSpecification[defaultValueKey] {
    defaultsToRegister[key] = value


  1. You should avoid force unwrapping as much as possible. Instead you managed to put 3 ! on a single line!
  2. You should also try to use better name for your constants and variables.