Rutger Huijsmans Rutger Huijsmans - 2 months ago 15
JSON Question

Creating JSON Array in Swift

My backend is expecting the following JSON body:

[
{
"number":"561310"
},
{
"number":"132333"
},
{
"number":"561310"
}
]


It works very nicely in Postman when I enter it like so:

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How can I create a similar JSON using Swift?
Right now I've an array of phone numbers with the type String.

let phonenumbers = [String]()
for phonenumber in phonenumbers {
print(phonenumber)
}


This will print:
561310
132333
561310

After making this JSON I want to use it as a parameter for AlamoFire.

Answer
let phoneNumbersDictionary = phonenumbers.map({ ["number": $0] })

However, Alamofire.request expects the POST body to be in form of [String: AnyObject?] so you can't directly pass the above array in. You need to convert that to a JSON object using .dataWithJSONObject(options:) and pass via NSURLRequest:

let JSON = try? NSJSONSerialization.dataWithJSONObject(phoneNumbersDictionary, options: [])

let request = NSMutableURLRequest(URL: url)
request.setValue("application/json", forHTTPHeaderField: "Content-Type")
request.HTTPMethod = "POST"
request.HTTPBody = JSON

Alamofire.request(request).responseJSON { ...

By the way, dataWithJSONObject returns the result of NSData type, so you should convert it to string if you want to print that out:

if let JSON = JSON {
  print(String(data: JSON, encoding: NSUTF8StringEncoding))
}

Additionally, if you prefer going with the built-in NSURLSession library, please take a look at this SO question.