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A really lightweight library to easily export any array or dictionary to a CSV spreadsheet.
It's also customizable and support Swift 5.1 !

Carthage compatible SPM compatible Swift MIT

Table of Contents

  1. Installation
  2. Make your class and struct compatible
  3. Generate a CSV spreadsheet from any array or dictionary
  4. Custom the CSV Generator


Swift Package Manager

.package(url: "https://github.com/RomainPct/CSVGeneratorSwift", from: "1.0.0")


github "RomainPct/CSVGeneratorSwift"

How to generate a CSV spreadsheet ?

1. Use the CSVExportable protocol to make your classes and structs compatible.

Make any Struct or Class compatible with CSVGeneratorSwift by implementing the lightweight CSVExportable protocol.
Just define a varget called CSVFields which return an array of the values you want in your output CSV file.
Order values according to the output organization you want.

struct Car : CSVExportable {
    var CSVFields: [Any] {
        return [name,dimensions,engine]
    let name:String
    let dimensions:[Int]
    let engine:Engine

If you use a subobject, make it also conform to CSVExportable protocol.
In this exemple, the Car struct has a variable of type Engine, therefore we make Engine struct conform to CSVExportable protocole.

struct Engine : CSVExportable {
    var CSVFields: [Any] {
        return [type,autonomy]
    enum EngineType : String {
        case electric
        case hybrid
        case combustion
    let type:EngineType
    let autonomy:Int // Kilometers

2. Generate a CSV spreadsheet from any array or dictionary of CSVExportable conform struct or class

  1. Create a CSVGeneratorSwift instance
  2. Call the generate function passing your array/dictionary as first parameter
  3. Pass an optional file name to the generate function Default is your struct/class name with a "s" (ex : The output of an array of Car instances is called "Cars")
  4. Read the result (which is a Swift.Result that help you to ensure a clean and readable code).
  5. If the operation succeed, do what you want with the file url (share it with the user, save it somewhere...)
  6. Else, handle the error
let cars:[Car] = [
    Car(name: "Taycan", dimensions: [4684,1923,1624], engine: Engine(type: .electric, autonomy: 500)),
    Car(name: "C-HR", dimensions: [4360,1795,1565], engine: Engine(type: .hybrid, autonomy: 1132)),
    Car(name: "Model X", dimensions: [5052,1999,1684], engine: Engine(type: .electric, autonomy: 565))

let generator = CSVGeneratorSwift()

let csvResult = generator.generate(from: cars, name: "My cool cars !")

switch csvResult {

case .success(let url):
    print("Do what you want with the CSV file url : \(url)")
case .failure(let error):
    print("CSV generation failed : \(error.localizedDescription)")

3. Custom the CSV Generator

File destination

Choose the destination you want for the CSV File.
Default is temporary directory.

generator.destination = FileManager.default.urls(for: .documentDirectory, in: .userDomainMask).first

String enconding

Each String.Encoding case is avalaible.
Default is .utf8.

generator.encoding = .utf16

CSV format ( Column separator and line end symbols )

Edit the CSV format easily.
Default values are the more common patterns for CSV : a comma (,) as column separator and a line break (\n) as line end symbol.

generator.columnSeparator = ";"
generator.lineEnd = "\n"

JSON writing options

Each JSONSerialization.WritingOptions case is avalaible. It's usefull if the object you whant to insert in your spreadsheet contains array or dictionnaries variables.\ Default is .prettyPrinted.

generator.jsonWritingOptions = .fragmentsAllowed

Date format

Customize the output for Date object you insert as CSVField.
Default is "yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss +zzzz".

generator.dateFormat = "dd-MM-YYYY"