NEW: Start my new Ultimate Portfolio App course with a free Hacking with Swift+ trial! >>

How to find the highest value in an array

Swift version: 5.2

Paul Hudson    @twostraws   

All arrays have a built-in method called max(), which returns the highest item in the array. This comes with a default implementation if the elements of the array conform to Comparable: it will simply compare all items until it finds the one that compares highest.

For example, this code puts 5 into the max constant:

let numbers = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
let max = numbers.max()

Note: because max() can be called on an empty array, it returns an optional – you need to check and unwrap it yourself.

Hacking with Swift is sponsored by Fernando Olivares

SPONSORED Would you describe yourself as knowledgeable, but struggling when you have to come up with your own code? Fernando Olivares has a new book containing iOS rules you can immediately apply to your coding habits to see dramatic improvements, while also teaching applied programming fundamentals seen in refactored code from published apps.

Try the book!

Sponsor Hacking with Swift and reach the world's largest Swift community!

Available from iOS 8.0 – learn more in my book Pro Swift

Similar solutions…

About the Swift Knowledge Base

This is part of the Swift Knowledge Base, a free, searchable collection of solutions for common iOS questions.

BUY OUR BOOKS
Buy Pro Swift Buy Swift Design Patterns Buy Testing Swift Buy Hacking with iOS Buy Swift Coding Challenges Buy Swift on Sundays Volume One Buy Server-Side Swift (Vapor Edition) Buy Advanced iOS Volume One Buy Advanced iOS Volume Two Buy Advanced iOS Volume Three Buy Hacking with watchOS Buy Hacking with tvOS Buy Hacking with macOS Buy Dive Into SpriteKit Buy Swift in Sixty Seconds Buy Objective-C for Swift Developers Buy Server-Side Swift (Kitura Edition) Buy Beyond Code

Was this page useful? Let us know!

Average rating: 4.2/5

 
Unknown user

You are not logged in

Log in or create account
 

Link copied to your pasteboard.