m1234 m1234 - 1 year ago 70
Swift Question

Accessing a variable that is out of scope Swift

I know the is elementary stuff but I can't seem to get this. I have a function that takes the date pickers value, converts it to a string, assigns it to a variable, and them updates a labels text.

I want to be able to access that variable outside of the function so I can use it in prepareForSegue. So far I have tried making a global variable and updating it when the function is called but that didn't seem to work, and I have tried returning the value in the function but I must have done that wrong because it didn't work either.

The Function:

func datePickerChanged(datePicker:UIDatePicker) {
var dateFormatter = NSDateFormatter()

dateFormatter.dateStyle = NSDateFormatterStyle.FullStyle
dateFormatter.timeStyle = NSDateFormatterStyle.ShortStyle

var strDate = dateFormatter.stringFromDate(datePicker.date)
dateTimeLabel.text = strDate

I want to get
out of the function. Any help is much appreciated!

Answer Source

You can do this in different ways.. You can use an inout parameter on a method to allow the method to update the parameter, like this:

var aString = ""

func doStuffWithA(inout theString: String) {

theString = "Groovy"

doStuffWithA(&aString) // changes aString to "Groovy"

Or you can declare the property outside of the method:

class SomeClass {
    var someString: String = ""

    func doStuff() {
        self.someString = "Groovy"

If you want this just for a segue, you can pass the object on performSegueWithIdentifier, like this:

func doStuff() {

    var aString = "Groovy"
    performSegueWithIdentifier("someSegue", sender: aString)


// Then here you can use it and assign it as a property on the next view controller

override func prepareForSegue(segue: UIStoryboardSegue, sender: AnyObject?) {

    if segue.identifier == "someSegue" {

         guard let aString = sender as? String else {


         let nextVC = segue.destinationViewController as! SomeVC
         nextVC.someProperty = aString
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