Check if an array exists Swift

In Objective-C I would write:

@property (nonatomic, strong) NSMutableArray *privateArray;
if (!self.privateArray) {
    // Populate the privateArray

Which checks that an array does not already exists before populating it. How could this be achieved in Swift? I have tried implementing it by translating my Obj-C code but am given an Xcode error "Unary operator '!' can not be applied to an operand of type '[AnyObject]'"

Swift attempt:

private var privateArray: [AnyObject]?

if !privateArray {
    // Populate the array

How would I check if the array exists before populating the array, in Swift? Is it just as simple to use .isEmpty on the array?

Thanks in advance!


In Objective-C this is called lazy loading. You declare a property but only create the property the first time it is accessed.

The trap you have fallen into is thinking that Swift is just a different syntax around Objective-C.

In Swift you can have a lazy var...

You can declare it like this...

@lazy var someArray: [String] = {
    return ["Hello", "World"]

This will do what you want.

As a side note. It's generally not a good idea to use AnyObject especially if you know the type of object the array will contain.

Also, by using this method you don't need the array to be optional and so can avoid the whole unwrapping thing.

You can read more about lazy properties by googling it. I found this and it looks quite good...

You should write:

if (privateArray == nil) {
    // Populate the array

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