Latest 1.0.4
License MIT
Platforms ios 8.0, osx 10.9, requires ARC

Generic closures in Swift 1.3 that allow invocation of arbitrary functions through reflection.

This project is published on CocoaPods, but is suspended indefinitely. It was written before Swift 2 came out, and so likely doesn’t work anymore.


Swift doesn’t allow for generic closures. Specifically, it doesn’t allow for variadic generic closures.

In other words, you can take a closure that has a generic signature:

func takesAClosure<A, B, C>((A, B) -> C) 

But you cant take closures that may have more or less parameters:

func takesAClosure<A, B, C>(passedClosure: (A, B) -> C) 

# This has to be a different function
func takesAClosure<A, C>(passedClosure: (A) -> C) 

The point of this library is create a type that can standin for any closure with any number of parameters. This is a useful function if you want to make a library that can accept arbitrary closures and both resolve and invoke them dynamically.

func TakesAnyFunction<A: AnyFunction>(A)

TakesAnyFunction((a: Int, b: String) in 1 })
TakesAnyFunction((c: Bool) in "1" })

It works by reflecting the type of the passed closure, wrapping it in an abstract Closure class, then exposing a method call that takes an array of arguments. If the number and type of arguments match the signature of the passed closure then the original closure is invoked and the results returned.


import AnyFunction

let c = Closure.wrap { (a: String) in a }
let ret = try!["Test"])

print(ret) // #=> "Test"

Latest podspec

    "name": "AnyFunction",
    "version": "1.0.4",
    "summary": "Type tools for manipulating closures of distinct types",
    "description": "Type tools for manipulating closures of distinct types.",
    "homepage": "",
    "license": {
        "type": "MIT",
        "file": "LICENSE"
    "authors": {
        "Mickey Barboi": "[email protected]"
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "1.0.4"
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "8.0",
        "osx": "10.9"
    "source_files": [
    "requires_arc": true,
    "pushed_with_swift_version": "3.0"

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