Confused Confused - 1 year ago 90
Swift Question

Swift 3 Array, remove more than one item at once, with .remove(at: i)

Is it possible to remove more than one item from an array, at the same time, using index locations as per .remove(at: i) kind of like:

Pseudo code:

myArray.remove(at: 3, 5, 8, 12)

And if so, what's the syntax for doing this?


I was trying this, it worked, but the extension in the answer below is much more readable, and sensible, and achieves the goal of one that's exactly as the pseudo code.

an array of "positions" is created: [3, 5, 8, 12]

let sorted = positions.sorted(by: { $1 < $0 })
for index in sorted
myArray.remove(at: index)

Answer Source

It's possible if the indexes are continuous using removeSubrange method. For example, if you would like to remove items at index 3 to 5:

myArray.removeSubrange(ClosedRange(uncheckedBounds: (lower: 3, upper: 5)))

For non-continuous indexes, I would recommend remove items with larger index to smaller one. There is no benefit I could think of of removing items "at the same time" in one-liner except the code could be shorter. You can do so with an extension method:

extension Array {
  mutating func remove(at indexes: [Int]) {
    for index in indexes.sorted(by: >) {
      remove(at: index)


myArray.remove(at: [3, 5, 8, 12])