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mattcomi/ReflectedStringConvertible 1.3.1
A protocol that allows any class to be printed as if it were a struct or a JSON object.
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.package(url: "https://github.com/mattcomi/ReflectedStringConvertible.git", from: "1.3.1")

Carthage compatible Platform


A protocol that extends CustomStringConvertible and uses reflection to add a detailed textual representation to any class. Two styles are supported:

  1. normal: Similar to Swift's default textual representation of structs.
  2. json: Pretty JSON representation.



Add the following to your Podfile:

pod 'ReflectedStringConvertible'


Add the following to your Cartfile:

github "mattcomi/ReflectedStringConvertible"


Simply import ReflectedStringConvertible and conform to the ReflectedStringConvertible protocol:

import ReflectedStringConvertible

class YourClass: ReflectedStringConvertible {
  // that's all.

For example:

class Person: ReflectedStringConvertible {
  var name: String
  var age: Int

  init(name: String, age: Int) {
    self.name = name
    self.age = age

print(Person(name: "Matt", age: 33)) outputs:

Person(name: "Matt", age: 33)

A style may be specified with reflectedDescription(style:). The default style is normal. That is, calling description is the same as calling reflectedDescription(.normal).

For example, print(Person(name: "Matt", age: 33).reflectedDescription(.json)) outputs:

  "age" : 33,
  "name" : "Matt"

Refer to the API Documentation for further information.


ReflectedStringConvertible stored properties

ReflectedStringConvertible objects with ReflectedStringConvertible stored properties are handled correctly:

class Movie: ReflectedStringConvertible {
  var title: String
  var year: Int

  // another ReflectedStringConvertible
  var director: Person

  init(title: String, year: Int, director: Person) {
    self.title = title
    self.year = year
    self.director = director

let george = Person(name: "George Miller", age: 71)
let movie = Movie(title: "Mad Max", year: 2015, director: george)

print(movie.reflectedDescription(.normal)) (or just print(movie)) outputs:

Movie(title: "Mad Max", year: 2015, director: Person(name: "George Miller", age: 71))

And print(movie.reflectedDescription(.json)) outputs:

  "title" : "Mad Max",
  "year" : 2015,
  "director" : {
    "age" : 71,
    "name" : "George Miller"


ReflectedStringConvertible objects within Array, Dictionary and Set collections are handled correctly:

class Series: ReflectedStringConvertible {
  var title: String
  var cast: [Person]

  init(title: String, cast: [Person]) {
    self.cast = cast

var cast = [Person](https://raw.github.com/mattcomi/ReflectedStringConvertible/master/)

cast.append(Person(name: "Justin Theroux", age: 44))
cast.append(Person(name: "Carrie Coon", age: 35))

let series = Series(title: "The Leftovers", cast: cast)

print(series) outputs:

TVShow(title: "The Leftovers", cast: [Person(name: "Justin Theroux", age: 44), Person(name: "Carrie Coon", age: 35)])

print(series.reflectedDescription(.json)) outputs:

  "title" : "The Leftovers",
  "cast" : [
      "age" : 44,
      "name" : "Justin Theroux"
      "age" : 35,
      "name" : "Carrie Coon"


Developed by Matt Comi (@mattcomi)


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