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A library to parse deeplinks and their arguments using String interpolation.
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🎣 Deeplink

A microlibrary to parse deeplinks and their arguments using Swift's String interpolation.

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What is deeplinking?

Mobile app's deep links (also known simply as “deep links”) are URLs that point to content inside an app. If you want to share a pair of shoes from Amazon with a friend, you can send a deep link that brings your friend directly to those shoes in the Amazon app. Without a deep link, your friend would have to find the Amazon app on the App Store or Play Store, open the app to the homepage, locate the Search function, and then try to find the same pair of shoes you found.

This package provides the tools to define a specific deeplink template, pattern match a URL with a deeplink template, and to parse the informations contained in the URL into an object. It does the parsing so you don't have to!

Installing using the Swift Package Manager

The library only supports the Swift Package Manager. To install Deeplink for use in an app, command line tool or server-side application, add Deeplink as a dependency to your Package.swift file. For more information, please see the Swift Package Manager documentation.

.package(url: "https://github.com/TizianoCoroneo/Deeplink", from: "0.1.0")

Using this library

Defining deeplinks

You can start using this library by defining the deeplinks that you expect to receive in your application. You do this by creating templates:

let mySellDeeplink: Deeplink<Void> = "/sell/ticket"
let myEventDeeplink = "/event/recommended" as Deeplink<Void>

Note that the Deeplink type has a generic type variable Value: if you need to extract data from the received URL, you can define the deeplink using string interpolation to specify which parts of the URL should be assigned to which property of an instance of Value. This will attempt to pattern match the string components of the interpolation (throwing an error if the strings don't match), while assigning the extra parts of the URL to the property specified by keypaths from the argument components.


struct TestData {
    var id: String?
    var text: String?

let myTestDeeplink: Deeplink<TestData> = try! "/test/\(\.id)/\(\.text)"

The interpolation part requires a WritableKeyPath<Value, String?> where Value is your custom type. The property needs to be of type String?, and needs to be a var to let the library write the new value into it.

Using deeplinks to match/parse URLs

This deeplink template is able to match URLs that look like this: https://ticketswap.com/test/123/abc https://ticketswap.com/test/123/abc?some=else https://ticketswap.com/test/123/abc#fragment ticketswap:///test/123/abc#fragment

And it is able to extract the path components 123 and abc, and assign them to the properties id and text on an instance of TestData like this:

// Define the deeplink
let myTestDeeplink: Deeplink<TestData> = try! "/test/\(\.id)/\(\.text)"

// Example URL
let url = URL(string: "https://ticketswap.com/test/123/abc")!

// Object to write data into
var result = TestData(id: "", text: "")

// Use the deeplink to parse the URL, extracting its data into `result`
try myTestDeeplink.parse(url, into: &result)

// Check result's content
print(result.id) // Will print `123`
print(result.text) // Will print `abc`

In the first example we used a Deeplink<Void> to show that there is no argument in the deeplink template: these kinds of deeplink can be used if you only need to match a URL that has no variable data in it:

// Define the deeplink
let myTestDeeplink: Deeplink<TestData> = try! "/test/ticket"

// Example URL
let url = URL(string: "https://ticketswap.com/test/ticket")!

// Use the deeplink to parse the URL. Will throw if the URL relative part doesn't match the deeplink template. 
try myTestDeeplink.parse(url)

In case a property in TestData goes unused in a Deeplink template, that property will keep its initial value, which is nil unless you customized TestData init. Otherwise, if an argument is present in the template, but the URL contains no value for it, the property will assume a value of "".

Pattern matching with multiple deeplinks

The typical use-case for a mobile app is to receive a URL through the AppDelegate with the method application(_: open: options:), try to recognize which type of link it is (typically by using URLComponents), and matching piece by piece while extracting the needed data.

This library lets you take a more declarative approach: just define a list of deeplinks that you need to be able to match, and the corresponding action that you want to take when one is recognized. When a URL is received, every deeplink template will be tried one at the time until the correct one is found, the data is extracted and the corresponding action is triggered:

// This is the object that holds the list of deeplinks to try.
let center = DeeplinksCenter()

// Data types where to store parsed values
struct Artist: Equatable {
    var id: String?
    var slug: String?

struct Location: Equatable {
    var id: String?
    var slug: String?
    var period: String?

struct Event: Equatable {
    var id: String?
    var slug: String?

// Instances where to put the parsed data
var artist = Artist()
var location = Location()
var event = Event()

// URLs to parse
let artistURL = URL(string: "https://ticketswap.com/artist/metallica/123456")!
let locationURL = URL(string: "https://ticketswap.com/location/amsterdam/1234567/24-06-2019")!
let eventURL = URL(string: "https://ticketswap.com/event/awakenings/123")!

// Deeplink templates
let artistDeeplink = try! "/artist/\(\.slug)/\(\.id)"
    as Deeplink<Artist>

let locationDeeplink = try! "/location/\(\.slug)/\(\.id)/\(\.period)"
    as Deeplink<Location>

let eventDeeplink = try! "/event/\(\.slug)/\(\.id)"
    as Deeplink<Event>

// Registering a deeplink template into the center, using the `artistDeeplink` to parse data into the `artist` var, and run the `ifMatching` closure if the template matches a URL.
    deeplink: artistDeeplink,
    assigningTo: artist,
    ifMatching: { url, newArtist in

    // The parsed artist info is available here
    if let id = newArtist.id {

// Same registration for the location deeplink
    deeplink: locationDeeplink,
    assigningTo: location,
    ifMatching: { url, newLocation in

    // The parsed location info is available here
    if let id = newLocation.id {

// Same registration for the event deeplink
    deeplink: eventDeeplink,
    assigningTo: event,
    ifMatching: { url, newEvent in

    // The parsed event info is available here
    if let id = newEvent.id {

// This will match the artist deeplink, extract the data and print "123456".
try center.parse(url: artistURL)

// This will match the location deeplink, extract the data and print "1234567".
try center.parse(url: locationURL)

// This will match the event deeplink, extract the data and print "123".
try center.parse(url: eventURL)

Result builder

You can take advantage of the shiny new result builders to register your deeplink templates:

fileprivate struct TestData: DefaultInitializable {
    var arg1: String?
    var arg2: String?

fileprivate struct TestData2 {
    var arg1: String?
    var arg2: String?

let link1 = "/test/1" as Deeplink<Void>
let link2 = try "/test/\(\.arg1)/\(\.arg2)" as Deeplink<TestData>
let link3 = try "/test2/\(\.arg1)/\(\.arg2)" as Deeplink<TestData2>

let center = DeeplinksCenter {

    link1 { url in
        XCTAssertEqual(url.absoluteString, "https://apple.com/test/1")
        return true

    link2 { url, value in
        XCTAssertEqual(url.absoluteString, "https://apple.com/test/a/b")
        XCTAssertEqual(value.arg1, "a")
        XCTAssertEqual(value.arg2, "b")
        return true

        assigningTo: .init(arg1: "default", arg2: "default")
    ) { (url, value) -> Bool in
        XCTAssertEqual(url.absoluteString, "https://apple.com/test2/a/b")
        XCTAssertEqual(value.arg1, "a")
        XCTAssertEqual(value.arg2, "b")
        return true

try center.parse(url: URL(string: "https://apple.com/test/1")!)
try center.parse(url: URL(string: "https://apple.com/test/a/b")!)
try center.parse(url: URL(string: "https://apple.com/test2/a/b")!)


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Release Notes

3 weeks ago

Initial release.

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