swift Extensions(官方文档翻译)

Extensions add new functionality to an existing class, structure, enumeration, or protocol type. This includes the ability to extend types for which you do not have access to the original source code (known as retroactive modeling). Extensions are similar to categories in Objective-C. (Unlike Objective-C categories, Swift extensions do not have names.)
Extensions 为现有类添加结构体(structure),枚举(enumeration),协议(protocol),这使你可以在不能访问源码的情况下扩展功能(又称逆向建模)。它和OC中的categories类似,但是它没有名字

Extensions in Swift can:
1.Add computed properties and computed type properties
2.Define instance methods and type methods
3.Provide new initializers
4.Define subscripts
5.Define and use new nested types
6.Make an existing type conform to a protocol

In Swift, you can even extend a protocol to provide implementations of its requirements or add additional functionality that conforming types can take advantage of. For more details, see Protocol Extensions.
在swift中,你甚至可以为协议提供扩展功能,这样实现类就可以实现新的需求或者添加额外的方法(Protocol Extensions)。

Extensions can add new functionality to a type, but they cannot override existing functionality.
Extensions 可以添加新的方法,但是不可以重写

Extension Syntax(语法)

Declare extensions with the extension keyword:
使用extension 关键字声明Extensions

extension SomeType {
    // new functionality to add to SomeType goes here

An extension can extend an existing type to make it adopt one or more protocols. Where this is the case, the protocol names are written in exactly the same way as for a class or structure:
一个Extensions 可以为现有类实现一个或多个协议,这种情况下,写法和类、结构体一样

extension SomeType: SomeProtocol, AnotherProtocol {
    // implementation of protocol requirements goes here

Adding protocol conformance in this way is described in Adding Protocol Conformance with an Extension.
这种方式添加协议,可参考 Adding Protocol Conformance with an Extension.

If you define an extension to add new functionality to an existing type, the new functionality will be available on all existing instances of that type, even if they were created before the extension was defined.

Computed Properties(计算属性)

Extensions can add computed instance properties and computed type properties to existing types. This example adds five computed instance properties to Swift’s built-in Double type, to provide basic support for working with distance units:

extension Double {
    var km: Double { return self * 1_000.0 }
    var m: Double { return self }
    var cm: Double { return self / 100.0 }
    var mm: Double { return self / 1_000.0 }
    var ft: Double { return self / 3.28084 }
let oneInch = 25.4.mm
print("One inch is \(oneInch) meters")
// prints "One inch is 0.0254 meters"
let threeFeet = 3.ft
print("Three feet is \(threeFeet) meters")
// prints "Three feet is 0.914399970739201 meters"

These computed properties express that a Double value should be considered as a certain unit of length. Although they are implemented as computed properties, the names of these properties can be appended to a floating-point literal value with dot syntax, as a way to use that literal value to perform distance conversions.

In this example, a Double value of 1.0 is considered to represent “one meter”. This is why the m computed property returns self—the expression 1.m is considered to calculate a Double value of 1.0.
在这个例子中,double类型1.0代表”1米”,这是m计算属性return self的原因—表达式1.m,其实是对double值1.0的计算。

Other units require some conversion to be expressed as a value measured in meters. One kilometer is the same as 1,000 meters, so the km computed property multiplies the value by 1_000.00 to convert into a number expressed in meters. Similarly, there are 3.28084 feet in a meter, and so the ft computed property divides the underlying Double value by 3.28084, to convert it from feet to meters.

These properties are read-only computed properties, and so they are expressed without the get keyword, for brevity. Their return value is of type Double, and can be used within mathematical calculations wherever aDouble is accepted:

let aMarathon = 42.km + 195.m
print("A marathon is \(aMarathon) meters long")
// prints "A marathon is 42195.0 meters long”

Extensions can add new computed properties, but they cannot add stored properties, or add property observers to existing properties.
Extensions 可以添加新的计算属性,但他不可以添加存储属性,或者添加新的属性来监听现有属性


Extensions can add new initializers to existing types. This enables you to extend other types to accept your own custom types as initializer parameters, or to provide additional initialization options that were not included as part of the type’s original implementation.
Extensions 可以为现有类添加构造方法,这使你可以新的构造方法传递参数,或者为构造方法提供其他的选项。

Extensions can add new convenience initializers to a class, but they cannot add new designated initializers or deinitializers to a class. Designated initializers and deinitializers must always be provided by the original class implementation.
Extensions可以为一个类添加一个便捷的构造方法,但是不可以添加指定初始化器(designated initializer),指定初始化器只能被初始类实现。

If you use an extension to add an initializer to a value type that provides default values for all of its stored properties and does not define any custom initializers, you can call the default initializer and memberwise initializer for that value type from within your extension’s initializer.

This would not be the case if you had written the initializer as part of the value type’s original implementation, as described in Initializer Delegation for Value Types.



The example below defines a custom Rect structure to represent a geometric rectangle. The example also defines two supporting structures called Size and Point, both of which provide default values of 0.0 for all of their properties:

struct Size {
    var width = 0.0, height = 0.0
struct Point {
    var x = 0.0, y = 0.0
struct Rect {
    var origin = Point()
    var size = Size()

Because the Rect structure provides default values for all of its properties, it receives a default initializer and a memberwise initializer automatically, as described in Default Initializers. These initializers can be used to create new Rect instances:
因为Rect为其所有的属性提供了默认值,所以它可以自动提供指定初始化器和属性逐一初始化器,参考Default Initializers。可以通过这些初始化器创建一个Rect实例:
let defaultRect = Rect()
let memberwiseRect = Rect(origin: Point(x: 2.0, y: 2.0),
size: Size(width: 5.0, height: 5.0))
You can extend the Rect structure to provide an additional initializer that takes a specific center point and size:
你可以添加一个Extensions 为其添加一个通过center和size创建一个Rect的初始化方法:

extension Rect {
    init(center: Point, size: Size) {
        let originX = center.x - (size.width / 2)
        let originY = center.y - (size.height / 2)
        self.init(origin: Point(x: originX, y: originY), size: size)

This new initializer starts by calculating an appropriate origin point based on the provided center point andsize value. The initializer then calls the structure’s automatic memberwise initializer init(origin:size:), which stores the new origin and size values in the appropriate properties:

let centerRect = Rect(center: Point(x: 4.0, y: 4.0),
    size: Size(width: 3.0, height: 3.0))
// centerRect's origin is (2.5, 2.5) and its size is (3.0, 3.0)

If you provide a new initializer with an extension, you are still responsible for making sure that each instance is fully initialized once the initializer completes.


Extensions can add new instance methods and type methods to existing types. The following example adds a new instance method called repetitions to the Int type:

extension Int {
    func repetitions(task: () -> Void) {
        for _ in 0..<self {

The repetitions(_:) method takes a single argument of type () -> Void, which indicates a function that has no parameters and does not return a value.
repetitions(_:)只有一个参数() -> Void,并且这个参数(函数/闭包)没有参数和返回值

After defining this extension, you can call the repetitions(_:) method on any integer number to perform a task that many number of times:

// Hello!
// Hello!
// Hello!

Use trailing closure syntax to make the call more succinct:

3.repetitions {
// Goodbye!
// Goodbye!
// Goodbye!

Mutating Instance Methods(用Mutating修饰的实例方法)

Instance methods added with an extension can also modify (or mutate) the instance itself. Structure and enumeration methods that modify self or its properties must mark the instance method as mutating, just like mutating methods from an original implementation.

The example below adds a new mutating method called square to Swift’s Int type, which squares the original value:

extension Int {
    mutating func square() {
        self = self * self
var someInt = 3
// someInt is now 9


Extensions can add new subscripts to an existing type. This example adds an integer subscript to Swift’s built-in Int type. This subscript [n] returns the decimal digit n places in from the right of the number:


123456789[0] returns 9
123456789[1] returns 8

…and so on:

extension Int {
    subscript(var digitIndex: Int) -> Int {
        var decimalBase = 1
        while digitIndex > 0 {
            decimalBase *= 10
        return (self / decimalBase) % 10
// returns 5
// returns 9
// returns 2
// returns 7

If the Int value does not have enough digits for the requested index, the subscript implementation returns 0, as if the number had been padded with zeros to the left:

// returns 0, as if you had requested:
Nested Types(内部类)

Extensions can add new nested types to existing classes, structures and enumerations:

extension Int {
    enum Kind {
        case Negative, Zero, Positive
    var kind: Kind {
        switch self {
        case 0:
            return .Zero
        case let x where x > 0:
            return .Positive
            return .Negative

This example adds a new nested enumeration to Int. This enumeration, called Kind, expresses the kind of number that a particular integer represents. Specifically, it expresses whether the number is negative, zero, or positive.

This example also adds a new computed instance property to Int, called kind, which returns the appropriateKind enumeration case for that integer.

The nested enumeration can now be used with any Int value:

func printIntegerKinds(numbers: [Int]) {
    for number in numbers {
        switch number.kind {
        case .Negative:
            print("- ", terminator: "")
        case .Zero:
            print("0 ", terminator: "")
        case .Positive:
            print("+ ", terminator: "")
printIntegerKinds([3, 19, -27, 0, -6, 0, 7])
// prints "+ + - 0 - 0 +"

This function, printIntegerKinds, takes an input array of Int values and iterates over those values in turn. For each integer in the array, the function considers the kind computed property for that integer, and prints an appropriate description.

number.kind is already known to be of type Int.Kind. Because of this, all of the Int.Kind case values can be written in shorthand form inside the switch statement, such as .Negative rather thanInt.Kind.Negative.

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swift Extensions(官方文档翻译)