iOS notifications are a simple and powerful way to send data in a loosely coupled way. That is, the sender of a notification doesn't have to care about who (if anyone) receives the notification, it just posts it out there to the rest of the app and it could be picked up by lots of things or nothing depending on your app's state.
As a basic example, you might want various parts of your app to do some work when the user logs in – you might want some views to refresh, you might want a database to update itself, and so on. To do this, just post a notification name like this:
let nc = NotificationCenter.default nc.post(name: Notification.Name("UserLoggedIn"), object: nil)
Note: it is preferable, for type safety, to define your notification names as static strings that belong to a class or struct or other global form so that you don't make a typo and introduce bugs.
To register to catch a notification being posted, use this:
nc.addObserver(self, selector: #selector(userLoggedIn), name: Notification.Name("UserLoggedIn"), object: nil)
That will call a
userLoggedIn() method when your notification is posted.
Available from iOS 2.0
Did this solution work for you? Please pass it on!
Other people are reading…
About the Swift Knowledge Base
This is part of the Swift Knowledge Base, a free, searchable collection of solutions for common iOS questions.
Master iOS 11 now!
My book Practical iOS 11 gives you seven complete coding projects that teach all the major new features in iOS 11 in a smart, practical way.