Marking API Availability in Objective-C

Use a macro to denote the availability of an Objective-C API.


In Swift, you use the @available attribute to control whether a declaration is available to use when building an app for a particular target platform. Similarly, you use the availability condition #available to execute code conditionally based on required platform and version conditions. Both kinds of availability specifier are also available in Objective-C.

For detailed information about specifying platform availability, see Declaration Attributes in The Swift Programming Language.

Mark Availability

Use the API_AVAILABLE macro to add availability information in Objective-C:

@interface MyViewController : UIViewController
- (void) newMethod API_AVAILABLE(ios(11), macosx(10.13));

This is equivalent to using the @available attribute on a declaration in Swift:

@available(iOS 11, macOS 10.13, *)
func newMethod() {
    // Use iOS 11 APIs.

Check Availability

Use the @available() keyword to check availability information in a conditional statement in Objective-C:

if (@available(iOS 11, *)) {
    // Use iOS 11 APIs.
} else {
    // Alternative code for earlier versions of iOS.

This is equivalent to the following conditional in Swift:

if #available(iOS 11, *) {
    // Use iOS 11 APIs.
} else {
    // Alternative code for earlier versions of iOS.

See Also

Customizing Objective-C APIs

Designating Nullability in Objective-C APIs

Use nullability annotations or mark regions as annotated to control how Objective-C declarations are imported into Swift.

Renaming Objective-C APIs for Swift

Use the NS_SWIFT_NAME macro to customize API names for Swift.

Improving Objective-C API Declarations for Swift

Use the NS_REFINED_FOR_SWIFT macro to change how an API is imported into Swift.

Grouping Related Objective-C Constants

Add macros to your Objective-C types to group their values in Swift.

Making Objective-C APIs Unavailable in Swift

Use the NS_SWIFT_UNAVAILABLE macro to prevent an API from being used in Swift.