Search and Replace in Xcode
Recently I took the regex course at executeprogram.com. Awesome stuff.
As you know, as soon as you have a slight idea what regex is, you try to use it everywhere. Yesterday I needed to change all strings of double values in a JSON into double values. For example I wanted to replace
Regex without the
If you don’t know regular expressions but still need more than just replace a simple string with another simple string, Xcode has you covered.
As an example lets say we’d like to change all the properties in the following struct into optionals:
(Please don’t judge this code. I’m still refactoring. ;) )
We activate search with ⌘-f. In the search bar is a plus sign. When you click it, you can select different elements to search for. The patterns we need is
let Word: Word. The matching substrings are highlighted in the editor:
If you look closely you can see there is a small number next to the pattern elements:
Replace text field you can refer to the different matches using a
$ sign and the number next to the pattern part like this:
var $1: $2?. In Xcode this looks like this:
When we now click the
All button, all the properties are changed into optional properties:
Search using regular expressions
If you know regular expressions you can activate it in search by clicking the drop down that shows
Contains and change it into
Than you can use regular expressions when searching:
But if you’d like to use matches in
Replace like you did above you need to add parentheses like this:
Thanks for reading!
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