Vik Singh Vik Singh - 2 months ago 21
iOS Question

recursiveDescription method in Swift?

Is there a way to use [self.view recursiveDescription] in Swift? I am trying to use this method but I am getting the following error:

'UIView' does not have a member named 'recursiveDescription'

Any suggestions?


In order to access private / undocumented Objective-C API (like the -recursiveDescription method on UIView) from Swift you can do the following:

  1. Create a new Objective-C category on the class the private method is defined in (e.g. UIView).
  2. Hit Yes if Xcode asks you about configuring an bridging header. (If you have already an bridging header in your project this step will be skipped).
  3. The implementation file (.m) of the category can be removed.
  4. Declare the private method in the category header:

    // UIView+Debugging.h
    @interface UIView (Debugging)
    - (id)recursiveDescription;

Now you can set a breakpoint and print out the recursive description in LLDB:

po view.recursiveDescription() as NSString