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rotoscopedev/MediaType 0.9.21
Swift package for parsing and formatting media types
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MediaType is a Swift package for iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS and macOS that implements media type parsing and formatting consistent with IETF RFC 6838 (Media Type Specifications and Registration Procedures).


The MediaType package defines the MediaType value type that is used to represent a media type string, e.g.

import MediaType

var type = MediaType("application/ld")

type = type.adding(suffix: "json")
type = type.adding(parameter: "charset", value: "UTF-8")

if type.rawValue == "application/ld+json; charset=UTF-8" {

Why Use MediaType?

Why use the MediaType type rather than a simple String?


A media type's contents can be easily inspected.


Declaring a variable as MediaType is more expressive than String, better communicating the intent of the variable.


Declaring a variable as MediaType reduces the likelihood that non-media type strings will be inadvertently passed as or assigned to it.


The normalized() method (see below) can be used to ensure that media types are correctly interpreted and compared.


Avoid typos by using the subtype factory methods to create media type instances for common types.

Pre-Defined Media Types

MediaType declares factory methods for each of the IANA-defined top-level types enabling media types to be created with expressions such as

static let json: MediaType = .application(.json)

Enumerated constants are defined for over 130 well-known media types such as application/json, image/gif, text/html and many more.


A media type's various components (type, subtype, facet, suffix and parameters) can be inspected using properties.

The registration tree can be determined using the tree property:

switch contentType.tree {
  case .standards:
  case .vendor:
  case .personal:
  case .unregistered:
  case .other(let facet):

String Literals

MediaType adopts ExpressibleByStringLiteral allow for expressions such as:

let contentType: MediaType = ...

if contentType == "text/plain" {


A media type may include parameters such as text/plain; charset=UTF-8.

A single parameter's value can be accessed using the subscript, e.g.

let contentType = ...

if contentType["charset"] == "UTF-8" {

A media type's parameters can be enumerated using the forEach(_:) method:

let contentType = ...

contentType.forEach {
  if $0 == "charset" {

The parameters property can be used to obtain a dictionary of the media type's parameters:

let contentType = ...

for parameter in contentType.parameters {
  print("name: \(parameter.key)")
  print("value: \(parameter.value)")

A parameter can be added through use of the adding(parameter:, value:) method:

let contentType = MediaType("text/plain").adding("UTF-8", for: "charset")

A media type's parameters can be removed using the removingParameters() method:

let contentType = MediaType("text/plain; charset=UTF-8")
if contentType.removingParameters() == "text/plain" {


Case Handling

Several, but not all of the components of a media type should be handled in a case-insensitive manner. For example, the type, subtype, facet and suffix components are case-insensitive, as are parameter names, whereas parameter values are not.

This makes comparing media types difficult as a case-insensitive comparison of two media type strings fails to take the case-sensitive nature of parameter values into account.

MediaType is case-preserving, retaining the case of the input provided. Two MediaType instances that differ by case will therefore not compare the same.


The normalized() method returns a media type that has been transformed as follows:

  • The type, subtype, facet and suffix components are converted to lower case
  • The names of all parameters are converted to lower case
  • Extraneous whitespace is removed
  • Duplicate parameters are removed
  • Parameters are sorted into alphanumeric order.

Two normalized media types can therefore be reliably compared, e.g.

static let json = MediaType("application/json").normalized()


if contentType.normalized() == json {


MediaType provides the matches(_:) method that can be used to determine whether a media type matches a template type, e.g.

let type: MediaType = "text/html; charset=UTF-8"

if type.matches(.text(.html)) {

A media type can also be matched against a top-level type:

let type: MediaType = "text/plain"

if type.matches(.text) {

as well as a template without a suffix:

let type: MediaType = "application/ld+json"

if type.matches("application/ld") {

The ~= operator can also be used to perform the above matches, e.g.

let type: MediaType = "text/html; charset=UTF-8"

if type ~= .text {


Extensions are provided for UTType (available on iOS >= 14, tvOS >= 14, macOS >= 11 and watchOS >= 7) that simplify conversion to and from a MediaType, e.g.

if let type = UTType(mediaType: .text(.html)) {


let type: UTType = .utfPlainText

if type.preferredMediaType == .text(.plain).charset(.utf8) {

Charset Mapping

This initializer extends the built-in init(mimeType:, conformingTo:) to map plain-text media types with a charset of UTF-8 to public.utf8-plain-text and UTF-16, UTF-16LE and UTF-16BE to public.utf16-plain-text.


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