parse XML data into NSDictionary

Updated 16 February 2024


Hello readers, today we will learn how we can parse XML data into NSDictionary in Swift.

parse XML data into NSDictionary


XML (Extensible Markup Language) is a popular and widely used format for representing data in a structured manner. To use the XML data on our Applications and Programs we parse the data same as for the JSON and format it according to the needs of our code.

In Swift, there are many ways as well as libraries that can parse the XML data for our application. In this article, we will use XMLParser, the most commonly used and straightforward way of parsing XML data.

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Parse XML data into NSDictionary

The NSDictionary in Swift is a collection type under the Foundation framework that stores the data in key-value pairs. You can store your XML data in NSDictionary by following the below steps.

Step:- 1. Import Foundation

Firstly, import the Foundation at the beginning of your swift file.

Step:-2 Create a class and extend the XMLParsers delegates

After adding the Foundation, you need to create a class with XMLParserDelegate extended and add some variables to it.

Now add the below methods one by one on the XMLParses class we created.

The above method will be the main method that we will be calling for parsing the data and will return the dictionary with the parsed XML data.

The above methods will set our key and value for the dictionary. Once the above method sets the key and value we need to call the below method to add those key values in the dictionary.

Step:- 3 Call the Function with XML Data

Once the above setup is completed, you will have to call the parseXML method to initiate the parsing of the XML data.

After calling the main method, you will see the output for the XML string data as:-


So, In this article, we have learned about how can we parse XML data into NSDictionary.

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