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the-braveknight/SwiftyNetworking 0.2.0
A lightweight generic networking API written purely in Swift
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SwiftyNetworking library is a generic networking library written in Swift that provides a protocol-oriented approach to load requests. It provides a protocol Endpoint to parse networking requests in a generic and type-safe way.

Endpoint Protocol

Conformance to Endpoint protocol is easy and straighforward. This is how the protocol body looks like:

public protocol Endpoint {
    associatedtype Response
    var scheme: Scheme { get }
    var host: String { get }
    var port: Int? { get }
    var path: String { get }
    var method: HTTPMethod { get }
    var queryItems: [URLQueryItem] { get }
    var headers: [HTTPHeader] { get }
    func prepare(request: inout URLRequest)
    func parse(data: Data, urlResponse: URLResponse) throws -> Response

The library includes default implementations for some of the required variables and functions for convenience.

public extension Endpoint {
    var scheme: Scheme { .https }
    var port: Int? { nil }
    var method : HTTPMethod { .get }
    var queryItems: [URLQueryItem] { [] }
    var headers: [HTTPHeader] { [] }
    func prepare(request: inout URLRequest) {}

You can easily override any of these default implementations by manually specifying the value for each variable inside the object conforming to Endpoint.

Preparing the URLRequest

Any object conforming to Endpoint will automatically get url and request properites which are not overridable since they are not included in the protocol requirements.

public extension Endpoint {
    var url: URL {
        var components = URLComponents()
        components.scheme = scheme.rawValue
        components.host = host
        components.path = path
        components.port = port
        components.queryItems = queryItems.isEmpty ? nil : queryItems

        guard let url = components.url else {
            fatalError("Invalid URL components: \(components)")

        return url
    var request: URLRequest {
        var request = URLRequest(url: url)
        request.httpMethod = method.value
        switch method {
        case .post(let data), .put(let data), .patch(let data):
            request.httpBody = data
        headers.forEach { header in
            request.addValue(header.value, forHTTPHeaderField: header.field)
        prepare(request: &request)
        return request

These properties are not meant to be overridden and are not specified in the original protocol body. You can implement the prepare(request:) method if you need to modify the request before it is loaded.

In certain cases, for example when the Response conforms to Decodable and we expect to decode JSON, it would be reasonable to provide custom implementation for parse(data:urlResponse:) method to handle that.

public extension Endpoint where Response : Decodable {
    func parse(data: Data, urlResponse: URLResponse) throws -> Response {
        let decoder = JSONDecoder()
        return try decoder.decode(Response.self, from: data)

You can still provide your own implementation of this method to override this default implementation.

An Example Endpoint

This is an example endpoint with GET method to parse requests from Agify.io API.

The response body from an API call (https://api.agify.io/?name=bella) looks like this:

    "name" : "bella",
    "age" : 34,
    "count" : 40138

A custom Swift struct that can contain this data would look like this:

struct Person : Decodable {
    let name: String
    let age: Int

Finally, here is how our endpoint will look like:

struct AgifyAPIEndpoint : Endpoint {
    typealias Response = Person
    let host: String = "api.agify.io"
    let path: String = "/"
    let queryItems: [URLQueryItem]
    init(@QueriesBuilder queryItems: () -> [URLQueryItem]) {
        self.queryItems = queryItems()

As you can see from the above example, we did not need to implement parse(data:urlResponse:) by ourselves because we declared that our response will be of type Person which conforms to Decodable protocol. And since our endpoint performs a GET request, we also did not need to manually implement method variable and relied on the default implementation. The initializer also uses @ArrayBuilder<Element>, which is a generic result builder included in the library that is used to create arrays in a declarative way. @QueriesBuilder and @HeadersBuilder are convenient typealiases for @ArrayBuilder<URLQueryItem> and @ArrayBuilder<HTTPHeader> respectively.

We could use the Swift dot syntax to create a convenient way to call our endpoint.

extension Endpoint where Self == AgifyAPIEndpoint {
    static func estimatedAge(forName personName: String) -> Self {
        AgifyAPIEndpoint {
            URLQueryItem(name: "name", value: "\(personName)")

Finally, this is how we would call our endpoint. The result is of type Result<Person, Error>.

URLSession.shared.load(.estimatedAge(forName: "Zaid")) { result in
    do {
        let person = try result.get()
        print("\(person.name) is probably \(person.age) years old.")
    } catch {
        // Handle errors


SwiftyNetworking supports loading endpoints using Combine framework.

let subscription: AnyCancellable = URLSession.shared.load(.estimatedAge(forName: "Zaid"))
    .sink { completion in
        // Handle errors
    } receiveValue: { person in
        print("\(person.name) is probably \(person.age) years old.")

Swift Concurrency

SwiftyNetworking also supports loading an endpoint using Swift Concurrency and async/await.

Task {
    do {
        let person = try await URLSession.shared.load(.estimatedAge(forName: "Zaid"))
        print("\(person.name) is probably \(person.age) years old.")
    } catch {
        // Handle errors



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