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CheatyXML is a Swift framework designed to manage XML easily.


  • iOS 8.0 or later
  • tvOS 9.0 or later



If you're using cocoapods, just add pod 'CheatyXML' into your Podfile file.


To install this, simply add the .xcodeproj to your project, and do not forget to link the .framework.

Whenever you want to use it in your code, simply type:

import CheatyXML


Let's take the following XML content for all of our examples:

<blog version="1.0" creator="lobodart">
        <admin is_active="true">lobodart</admin>
        <moderator is_active="false">slash705</moderator>
        <moderator is_active="...">...</moderator>
        <title>My first article</title>
        <description>This is the first article</description>
            <date>2015-03-15 15:42:42</date>

Creating parser instance

Using an URL
let parser: CXMLParser! = CXMLParser(contentsOfURL: ...) // URL
Using a string
let parser: CXMLParser! = CXMLParser(string: ...) // String
Using data
let parser: CXMLParser! = CXMLParser(data: ...) // Data

Retrieving an element using tags

Suppose we want to retrieve the name of our example:

let blogName: String! = parser["name"].stringValue // Returns a String
let blogName: String? = parser["name"].string // Returns an optional String

You can also use the rootElement if you to make your code clearer:

let element = parser.rootElement["name"] // is the same as the notation seen before

To access deeper elements, just chain :

let blogAdmin: String! = parser["users"]["admin"].stringValue
print(blogAdmin) // lobodart

Working with multiple elements

Now let's take a look at the article element. We can see that our blog contains a few articles.

Get an element using its index

If we want to get the title of the first article, we can do it like this:

let firstArticleTitle: String! = parser["article", 0]["title"].stringValue
let firstArticleTitle: String! = parser["article"][0]["title"].stringValue

Both notations have the same effect. Choose the one you like most.

Browse children of an element

To iterate over all children of an element, just use the for in classic syntax:

for element in parser.rootElement {

This code will give us :


Now, to iterate over specific children of an element, the code is almost the same:

for element in parser.rootElement.elementsNamed("article") {

This time, it will give us :


Of course, you can use this method on any deeper elements (like users for example).

Number of children of an element

If you want to get the total number of children contained in an element, you can use this code:

// Suppose we have 3 moderators in our example
let numberOfElements: Int = parser["users"].numberOfChildElements
print(numberOfElements) // 4 (3 moderators + 1 admin)

Note that this code counts all child elements contained in users. Now suppose we want to get the number of moderators only. There are 2 different syntaxes. Once again, choose your favorite:

let numberOfElements: Int = parser["users"]["moderator"].count
let numberOfElements: Int = parser["users"].elementsNamed("moderator").count

Type casting

CheatyXML allows you to cast tag/attribute values into some common types. You can get either optional or non-optional value for your cast.

let firstArticleRate = parser["article", 0]["rate"] // Optional(42)
firstArticleRate.intValue // 42
firstArticleRate.float // Optional(42.0)
firstArticleRate.floatValue // 42.0

If you are not sure about the type, use the optional cast. If you try to cast a value with an inappropriate caster, your app will crash.

let firstArticleTitle = parser["article", 0]["title"]
firstArticleTitle.string // Optional("My first article")
firstArticleTitle.stringValue // "My first article" // nil
firstArticleTitle.intValue // CRASH!

Missing tags

Until now, we always retrieved existing tags but what would happen if a tag doesn't exist? Let's take an example:

let articleDate: String! = parser["article", 0]["infos"]["date"].stringValue
print(articleDate) // 2015-03-15 15:42:42
let articleDateFail: String! = parser["articles", 0]["infos"]["date"].string // I intentionally add an 's' to 'article'
print(articleDateFail) // nil

If you have any doubt, keep in mind that using .string is safer than using .stringValue. In the previous example, using .stringValue on articleDateFail will result in your application to crash.


Get one

let blogVersion = parser.rootElement.attribute("version")
let adminIsActive = parser["users"]["admin"].attribute("is_active")

You can also use the type casting on attributes:

let blogVersion = parser.rootElement.attribute("version").floatValue // 1.0
let creator = parser.rootElement.attribute("creator").stringValue // "lobodart"

Get all

let attributes = parser.rootElement.attributes // Will give you a [CXMLAttribute]
let dic = attributes.dictionary // Will give you a [String: String]


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