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Swift 5 Swift Package Manager compatible Build Status

Bric-à-brac is a lightweight, clean and efficient JSON toolkit for Swift 5.


  • ☑ Integrates with Swift 4's built-in Codable features
  • ☑ Generate Swift value types from JSON Schema (Draft 5)
  • ☑ A simple immutable model for JSON language elements
  • ☑ An efficient streaming JSON parser (optional)
  • ☑ Type-based (de)serialization of custom objects (no reflection, no intrusion)
  • ☑ No dependencies on Foundation or any other external framework
  • ☑ 100% Pure Swift

Bric-à-brac consists of two separate components: the BricBrac runtime library and the Curio Schema-to-Swift generation tool.


BricBrac is a support library that contains convenience feautres for serializing instances to an intermediate JSON Bric type. Swift's Codable feature supports serializing and de-serializing instances to JSON Data, BricBrac allows these types to be represented in an intermeidate form so they can be examined and manipulated.

Any instance that supports Encodable automatically has a bricEncoded() function added to it which will return a Bric instance. One use for this is unit testing, where you can check to see if the encoded form of an instance is as you expect it:

  XCTAssertEqual(["encoding":["color":["value":"blue"]]], try encoding.bricEncoded())


Swift Package Manager (SPM)

The Swift Package Manager is a dependency manager integrated with the Swift build system. To learn how to use the Swift Package Manager for your project, please read the official documentation.

Add BricBrac to the dependencies of your Package.swift file and refer to that dependency in your target.

// swift-tools-version:5.0
import PackageDescription
let package = Package(
    name: "<Your Product Name>",
    dependencies: [
        .package(url: "https://github.com/glimpseio/BricBrac.git", .upToNextMajor(from: "1.0.0"))
    targets: [
        .target(name: "<Your Target Name>", dependencies: ["BricBrac"])


Curio is a tool that generates swift value types (structs and enums) from a valid JSON Schema (Draft 5) file. Note that the Curio tool may generate code that has a dependency on the BricBrac library, but Curio itself never needs to be included as a runtime dependency.


For the following Food.jsonschema file:

    "$schema": "http://json-schema.org/draft-05/schema#",
    "title": "Food",
    "type": "object",
    "required": ["title", "type"],
    "properties": {
      "title": {
        "type": "string"
      "calories": {
        "type": "integer"
      "type": {
        "enum": ["protein", "carbohydrate", "fat"]

Curio will generate the following Food.swift code:

public struct Food : Equatable, Hashable, Codable {
    public var title: String
    public var type: `Type`
    public var calories: Int?
    public init(title: String, type: `Type`, calories: Int? = .none) {
        self.title = title
        self.type = type
        self.calories = calories
    public enum CodingKeys : String, CodingKey, CaseIterable {
        case title
        case type
        case calories

    public enum `Type` : String, Equatable, Hashable, Codable, CaseIterable {
        case protein
        case carbohydrate
        case fat

Build Integration

  • Add a Build Rule
  • Set the name to "JSON Schema Compiler"
  • From the "Process" menu, select "Source files with names matching:"
  • Next to the menu, enter "*.jsonschema"
  • From the "Using" menu, select "Custom script"
  • In the text area below, paste the following script:
  • Under the "Output Files" section, click the plus sign to add a new output file, and then enter: $(BUILT_PRODUCTS_DIR)/$(INPUT_FILE_BASE).swift

Now any file with the suffix ".jsonschema" will automatiucally have a Swift file generated in the ${SRCDIR}. After the first time this is run you will need to manually add the subsequently generated files to your project's source files, but any changes to the JSON Schema files will then be reflected in the generated sources as part of the build process.


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- 2020-09-09T01:17:06