My notes on UserDefaults. User defaults can be used for saving types such as: Bool, Dictionary, Int, String, Data, Array


let defaults = UserDefaults.standard
defaults.set(25, forKey: "Age")
defaults.set(true, forKey: "hasOnboarded")
defaults.set(CGFloat.pi, forKey: "Pi")
defaults.set("Paul Hudson", forKey: "Name")
defaults.set(Date(), forKey: "LastRun")
//arr and dict:
let array = ["Hello", "World"]
defaults.set(array, forKey: "SavedArray")

let dict = ["Name": "Paul", "Country": "UK"]
defaults.set(dict, forKey: "SavedDict")

Reading object

UserDefaults.standard.set("John", forKey: "FirstName")
print(UserDefaults.standard.object(forKey: "FirstName"))//John

Remove object

UserDefaults.standard.set(25, forKey: "Age")
print(UserDefaults.standard.object(forKey: "Age"))//25
UserDefaults.standard.removeObject(forKey: "Age")
print(UserDefaults.standard.object(forKey: "Age"))//nil

Unwrap object

let array = defaults.object(forKey:"SavedArray") as? [String] ?? [String]()
let dict = defaults.object(forKey: "SavedDict") as? [String: String] ?? [String: String]()


UserDefaults.standard.set("John", forKey: "name")
//Retrieving String
let name = UserDefaults.standard.string(forKey: name) ?? “”


//Saving Boolean value
UserDefaults.standard.set(true, forKey: userlogin)
//Retrieving Boolean value
let status = UserDefaults.standard.bool(forKey: userlogin) ?? false


struct Defaults {
    * The keys that is used in the dictionary (Dictionary is stored in the UserDefaults.standard only)
    static let (nameKey, addressKey) = ("name", "address")
    typealias NameAndAddress = (nameKey:String, addressKey:String)
     * This is the unique key that ensures that no other part of the app overwrites this (key,value) pair in the user-defaults file
    static let userSessionKey = "com.yourCompany.yourApp.usersession"
    struct Model {
        var name: String?
        var address: String?
        init(_ json: [String: String]) {
   = json[nameKey]
            self.address = json[addressKey]
     * TODO: this should be try error etc ⚠️
    static var nameAndAddress:NameAndAddress = {
      /*Returns the Dictionary for the userSessionKey*/
      get {
         let dict = (UserDefaults.standard.value(forKey: userSessionKey) as? [String: String]) ?? [:]
         return Model(dict)
      /*Stores the Dictionary for the userSessionKey*/
      set {
        UserDefaults.standard.set([nameKey: name, addressKey: address], forKey: userSessionKey)
     * Removes the dictionary with the userSessionKey
    static func clearUserData(){
        UserDefaults.standard.removeObject(forKey: userSessionKey)

Interacting with the Model:

//Saving details
Defaults.nameAndAddress = (name:"John", address:"New York")
//Retrieving details
let name =
//Clear details

Extension example

extension UserDefaults {
    * EXAMPLE:
    class var name:String? {
        get { return standard.string(forKey: "name") }
        set { standard.set(newValue, forKey: "name") }

extension UserDefaults {
    * EXAMPLE: UserDefaults.stringDateDictionary
    class var stringDateDictionary:[String:Date]? {
        get { return standard.object(forKey: "stringDateDictionary") as? [String:Date] }
        set { standard.set(newValue, forKey: "stringDateDictionary") }

Other supported types are

  • stringArray(forKey: String) -> [String]?//Returns the array of strings associated with the specified key.
  • data(forKey: String) -> Data?
  • url(forKey: String) -> URL?//Returns the URL associated with the specified key.
  • object(forKey: String) -> Any?👈 ✨//Returns the object associated with the specified key.
  • integer(forKey: String) -> Int //Returns the integer value associated with the specified key.
  • float(forKey: String) -> Float //Returns the float value associated with the specified key.
  • double(forKey: String) -> Double //Returns the double value associated with the specified key.
  • dictionaryRepresentation() -> [String : Any] //Returns a dictionary that contains a union of all key-value pairs in the domains in the search list.


  • integer, double, returns 0
  • bool returns false


  • didChangeNotification //allows you to get notifications when there is a change in the data of the userDefaults (only for the thread you currently operate at)
  • Create a custom UserDefault instance: init?(suiteName: String?) //Creates a user defaults object initialized with the defaults for the specified database name.
    • func addSuite(named: String) //Inserts the specified domain name into the receiver’s search list.
    • func removeSuite(named: String) //Removes the specified domain name from the receiver’s search list.
    • func register(defaults: [String : Any]) //Adds the contents of the specified dictionary to the registration domain. (basically replace entire UserDefaults)


  • Apple doc on UserDefaults:
  • My personal swift-tool-box press T and write userdefault.swift and you will find a small Extension


This is where the UserDeaults plist is stored: rootOfApplication/Library/Preferences/com.yourcompany.appName.plist