A collection similar to a set, but with broader range of available memory semantics.
- iOS 6.0+
- macOS 10.5+
- Mac Catalyst 13.0+
- tvOS 9.0+
- watchOS 2.0+
The hash table is modeled after
NSSet with the following differences:
It can hold weak references to its members.
Its members may be copied on input or may use pointer identity for equality and hashing.
It can contain arbitrary pointers (its members are not constrained to being objects).
You can configure an
NSHash instance to operate on arbitrary pointers and not just objects, although typically you are encouraged to use the C function API for void * pointers. The object-based API (such as
add) will not work for non-object pointers without type-casting.
Because of its options,
NSHash is not a set because it can behave differently (for example, if pointer equality is specified two
is strings will both be entered).
When configuring hash tables, note that only the options listed in
NSHash guarantee that the rest of the API will work correctly—including copying, archiving, and fast enumeration. While other
NSPointer options are used for certain configurations, such as to hold arbitrary pointers, not all combinations of the options are valid. With some combinations the hash table may not work correctly, or may not even be initialized correctly.
NSHash is not suitable for subclassing.