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How to convert Data to a String

Swift version: 5.1

Paul Hudson    @twostraws   

If you know an instance of Data contains a String and you want to convert it, you should use the String(decoding:as:) initializer, like this:

let str = String(decoding: data, as: UTF8.self)

If the Data instance can’t be converted to a UTF-8 string, you’ll get sent back an empty string. This means you do need to know which format is used to store the string, but UTF-8 is usually the best to go with.

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