Latest 0.1.2
License Apache
Platforms ios 8.0

Retrieve name and type of properties for a class that inherits from NSObject. You do not need an instance of said class.


SwiftReflection relies on the Objectice-C method class_copyPropertyList to fetch names and types of a class that inherits from NSObject. If you create some Book class

class Book: NSObject {
    let title: String
    let author: String?
    let numberOfPages: Int
    let released: Date
    let isPocket: Bool

    init(title: String, author: String?, numberOfPages: Int, released: Date, isPocket: Bool) {
        self.title = title = author
        self.numberOfPages = numberOfPages
        self.released = released
        self.isPocket = isPocket

Swift reflection can inspect the five properties of this class using the class method getTypesOfProperties:inClass. The following code that inspects properties of the class Book results in the commented print below:

guard let types = getTypesOfProperties(inClass: Book.self) else { return }
for (name, type) in types {
  print("'(name)' has type '(type)'")
// Prints:
// 'title' has type 'NSString'
// 'numberOfPages' has type 'Int'
// 'author' has type 'NSString'
// 'released' has type 'NSDate'
// 'isPocket' has type 'Bool'

Support for primitive data types

It is a difference between inspecting properties which types inherits from NSObject, which then can be checked using the == operator and inspecting properties of value types (e.g. Bool, Int). If you declare this comparison operator you can check value types as well:

func ==(rhs: Any, lhs: Any) -> Bool {
    let rhsType: String = "(rhs)"
    let lhsType: String = "(lhs)"
    let same = rhsType == lhsType
    return same

Now you can inspect book by using:

func checkPropertiesOfBook() {
    guard let types = getTypesOfProperties(inClass: Book.self) else { return }

    for (name, type) in types {
        if let objectType = type as? NSObject.Type {
            if objectType == NSDate.self {
                print("found NSDate")
        } else {
            if type == Int.self {
                print("found int")


I have not yet been able to give this project support for when the value types (non class types) are optionals. If you have declared a property in you NSObject subclass like this: var myOptionalInt: Int? my solution will not work, because the method class_copyPropertyList can’t find those properties.

Does anyone have a solution for this?

Latest podspec

    "name": "SwiftReflection",
    "version": "0.1.2",
    "license": "Apache",
    "summary": "Retreive type and name of properties of an NSObject class",
    "homepage": "",
    "authors": {
        "Sajjon": "[email protected]"
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "0.1.2"
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "8.0"
    "source_files": "SwiftReflection/*.swift"

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