r_19 r_19 - 6 months ago 179
iOS Question

Download file in swift

Newb here. I just started learning apple swift programming for iOS coming from android. I basically can now read and manipulate swift code and also learned some common classes used in iOS swift programming but still having some confusion with the syntax and everything.

I'm trying to download file. Like, lets just say coming from this URL

var url = "http://www.mywebsite.com/myfile.pdf"

in a button click. Maybe with visual progress too

Through searching here in stackoverflow, I stumbled upon Alamofire. I might try it but I'm not sure if this is the best way for me to do it.

So, I would like to ask how and what are my options (iOS7 and iOS8) in achieving my goal. Also, pros and cons would be awesome!

Thanks in advance!

**PS. I don't know objective-C


Example downloader class without Alamofire:

class Downloader {
    class func load(URL: NSURL) {
        let sessionConfig = NSURLSessionConfiguration.defaultSessionConfiguration()
        let session = NSURLSession(configuration: sessionConfig, delegate: nil, delegateQueue: nil)
        let request = NSMutableURLRequest(URL: URL)
        request.HTTPMethod = "GET"
        let task = session.dataTaskWithRequest(request, completionHandler: { (data: NSData!, response: NSURLResponse!, error: NSError!) -> Void in
            if (error == nil) {
                // Success
                let statusCode = (response as NSHTTPURLResponse).statusCode
                println("Success: \(statusCode)")

                // This is your file-variable:
                // data
            else {
                // Failure
                println("Faulure: %@", error.localizedDescription);

This is how to use it in your own code:

class Foo {
    func bar() {
        if var URL = NSURL(string: "http://www.mywebsite.com/myfile.pdf") {

Having a bit knowledge about NSData won't hurt.