Woodstock Woodstock - 6 months ago 56
iOS Question

Using a Swift String with NSData without NSString

Is it possible to init a Swift string (not

NSString
) with the contents of an NSData object without creating an NSString first?

I know I can use this with NSString:

var datastring = NSString(data data: NSData!, encoding encoding: UInt)


But how can I use a basic Swift String type? I thought Swift strings and NSStrings were interchangeable, do I really have to get the data out of NSData using NSString and then assign that value to a Swift string?

Answer

As of Swift 1.2 they aren't quite interchangeable, but they are convertible, so there's really no reason not to use NSString and its constructors when you need to. This will work fine:

var datastring = NSString(data:data, encoding:NSUTF8StringEncoding) as! String

The as! is needed because NSString(...) can return nil for invalid input - if you aren't sure that the data represents a valid UTF8 string, you may wish to use the following instead to return a String? (aka Optional<String>).

var datastring = NSString(data:data, encoding:NSUTF8StringEncoding) as String?

Once constructed, you can then use datastring just like any other Swift string, e.g.

var foo = datastring + "some other string"