How To Get Substring Or Part Of A String In Swift

By Eddy Chung

To get a substring or a part of a string in Swift you can use prefix and suffix.

Using Prefix And Suffix

Here is an example if we wanted to get only the first 2 characters of a string using prefix.

let str = "ABCD"
// AB

To get the last 2 characters of a string using suffix:

let str = "ABCD"
// CD

Get Part Of String Using Array Indexes

What if you want to get a part of a string that’s in the middle?

You can use the array index notation to do this on a string:

let str = "ABCD"
let start = str.index(str.startIndex, offsetBy: 1)
let end = str.index(str.startIndex, offsetBy: 2)
let range = start...end

let newString = String(str[range])

// BC

Get Only One Character Of String

To get one character of the string you can convert the string into an array:

let str = "ABCD"
var someChar = Array(str)[2]

This workaround is valid for most cases when you have a UTF8 or ASCII encoded string.

You can also use the index method provided above.

Check If Contains Substring

Use the contains method to check if a substring exists:

import Foundation
let str = "ABCD"

Remember to import Foundation or else this won’t work!

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