Using enum from Objective C in Swift

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A large portion of code in my current project is written in Swift and I’m using Swift for all my new code. Then today, I happened to modify a class written in Objective C.

What I wanted were an enum for representing some states and a method that handles the states in the class.

Assume that a new enum and a method that takes it as a parameter are defined in an Objective C source file as follows;

typedef NS_ENUM(NSInteger, MyEnumType) {

- (void)saveMyEnumType:(MyEnumType) mode {

(Apple recommends to use NS_ENUM.)

And then I tried to access them from a Swift class but their names didn’t show up on auto-complete suggestion. However, when I looked close, I could find the enum elements without a prefix MyENumType in the suggestion; first and second which were originally defined as MyEnumTypeFirst, MyEnumTypeSecond respectively in Objective C code. Swift bridge automatically got rid of prefix MyEnumType from the Objective C’s enum and provided a convinient way to use them.

So the enums can be used like this in a switch statement;

// value is MyEnumType
switch value {
case .first:
case .second:

And the method turned into like this;

// declared as saveMyEnumType in Objective C
save(_ mode: MyEnumType)

We can call the method like save(value) instead of saveMyEnumType(value). Simple and concise.

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