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Lazy Initialization with Swift

22 Jun 2014 •            

Lazy initialization (also sometimes called lazy instantiation, or  lazy loading) is a technique for delaying the creation of an object or  some other expensive process until it’s needed. When programming for  iOS, this is helpful to make sure you utilize only the memory you need  when you need it.

This technique is so helpful, in fact, that Swift added direct support for it with the lazy attribute.

To understand why this is useful, let's first go over the old way of creating lazy properties.

The Old Way

In Objective-C, if you had a mutable array property you wanted lazily initialized, you’d have to write this:

@property (nonatomic, strong) NSMutableArray *players; 
- (NSMutableArray *)players {     
    if (!_players) {         
        _players = [[NSMutableArray alloc] init];     
    return _players; 

To people new to Objective-C, this presents a few different learning  curves. First of all, you need to know that the method name has to  exactly match the property name. If you misspelled the method name, this  would silently fail and players would be nil when you tried to access it.

You also need to know the _players instance variable was  created for you automatically when your property was synthesized.  Before Xcode 4.4, you had to manually synthesize your variable using the  @synthesize keyword, like so:

@synthesize players; // - or - @synthesize players = _players;

Which would tell you that the instance variable used for the players property is _players.  Nowadays Xcode handles synthesizing your properties for you. If you  didn’t know that, then using the underscore before the property name  might not be immediately obvious.

The Swift Way

Now in Swift, this can all be simplified down to one line:

lazy var players = [String]()

Simple, concise, and straight to the point.

Keep in mind you do need to declare your lazy property using the var keyword, not the let keyword, because constants must always have a value before initialization completes.

If you wanted to add logic to your lazy initialization, Swift makes  this easy by letting you define a closure after your lazy property:

lazy var players: [String] = {         
    var temporaryPlayers = [String]()         
    temporaryPlayers.append("John Doe")         
    return temporaryPlayers         

If you prefer, you can also lazily initiate your property using an instance method:

lazy var players: [String] = self.initialPlayers() func initialPlayers() -> [String] {     
    var players = ["John Doe"]     
    return players 

Or a class method:

class TestClass {     
    lazy var players = TestClass.initialPlayers()     
    class func initialPlayers() -> [String] {         
        var players = ["John Doe"]         
        return players     

But people will most likely prefer using the new closure mechanic, as it keeps the logic near the property declaration.

When should I use lazy initialization?

One example of when to use lazy initialization is when the initial value for a property is not known until after the object is initialized.

For example, if you have a Person class and a personalizedGreeting property. The personalizedGreeting  property can be lazily instantiated after the object is created so it  can contain the name of the person. Here’s a quick example:

class Person {     
    var name: String     
    lazy var personalizedGreeting: String = {        
         [unowned self] in         
        return "Hello, \(self.name)!"         
    init(name: String) {         
        self.name = name     

(Note that we had to say [unowned self] in here to prevent a strong reference cycle)

When you initialize a person, their personal greeting hasn’t been created yet:

let person = Person(name: "John Doe") // person.personalizedGreeting is nil

But when you attempt to print out the personalized greeting, it’s calculated on-the-fly:

// personalizedGreeting is calculated when used 
// and now contains the value "Hello, John Doe!"

Another good time to use lazy initialization is when the initial value for a property is computationally intensive.

For example, if you have an object that performs some really intense  algorithm to determine the number of faces in a picture, make the numberOfFaces property lazily initialized.

Or if you had a class that calculates several different large  numbers, you would want to make sure they’re only calculated on-demand:

class MathHelper {     
    lazy var pi: Double = {         
        // Calculate pi to a crazy number of digits         
        return resultOfCalculation         


Direct support for lazy property initialization is just one of the  many great features of Swift. In the next few months, I'll cover more  great features and shortcuts. Stay tuned!

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