Instance Method

terminate(_:)

Terminates the receiver.

Declaration

func terminate(_ sender: Any?)

Parameters

sender

Typically, this parameter contains the object that initiated the termination request.

Discussion

This method is typically invoked when the user chooses Quit or Exit from the app’s menu.

When invoked, this method performs several steps to process the termination request. First, it asks the app’s document controller (if one exists) to save any unsaved changes in its documents. During this process, the document controller can cancel termination in response to input from the user. If the document controller does not cancel the operation, this method then calls the delegate’s applicationShouldTerminate(_:) method. If applicationShouldTerminate(_:) returns NSApplication.TerminateReply.terminateCancel, the termination process is aborted and control is handed back to the main event loop. If the method returns NSApplication.TerminateReply.terminateLater, the app runs its run loop in the modalPanel mode until the reply(toApplicationShouldTerminate:) method is called with the value true or false. If the applicationShouldTerminate(_:) method returns NSApplication.TerminateReply.terminateNow, this method posts a willTerminateNotification notification to the default notification center.

Do not bother to put final cleanup code in your app’s main() function—it will never be executed. If cleanup is necessary, perform that cleanup in the delegate’s applicationWillTerminate(_:) method.

See Also

Terminating the App

func reply(toApplicationShouldTerminate: Bool)

Responds to NSTerminateLater once the app knows whether it can terminate.