A type representing continuous, one-dimensional values that can be offset and measured.


protocol Strideable


You can use a type that conforms to the Strideable protocol with the stride(from:to:by:) and stride(from:through:by:) functions. For example, you can use stride(from:to:by:) to iterate over an interval of floating-point values:

for radians in stride(from: 0.0, to: .pi * 2, by: .pi / 2) {
    let degrees = Int(radians * 180 / .pi)
    print("Degrees: \(degrees), radians: \(radians)")
// Degrees: 0, radians: 0.0
// Degrees: 90, radians: 1.5707963267949
// Degrees: 180, radians: 3.14159265358979
// Degrees: 270, radians: 4.71238898038469

The last parameter of these functions is of the associated Stride type—the type that represents the distance between any two instances of the Strideable type.

Types that have an integer Stride can be used as the boundaries of a countable range or as the lower bound of an iterable one-sided range. For example, you can iterate over a range of Int and use sequence and collection methods.

var sum = 0
for x in 1...100 {
    sum += x
// sum == 5050

let digits = (0..<10).map(String.init)
// ["0", "1", "2", "3", "4", "5", "6", "7", "8", "9"]

Conforming to the Strideable Protocol

To add Strideable conformance to a custom type, choose a Stride type that can represent the distance between two instances and implement the advanced(by:) and distance(to:) methods. For example, this hypothetical Date type stores its value as the number of days before or after January 1, 2000:

struct Date: Equatable, CustomStringConvertible {
    var daysAfterY2K: Int

    var description: String {
        // ...

The Stride type for Date is Int, inferred from the parameter and return types of advanced(by:) and distance(to:):

extension Date: Strideable {
    func advanced(by n: Int) -> Date {
        var result = self
        result.daysAfterY2K += n
        return result

    func distance(to other: Date) -> Int {
        return other.daysAfterY2K - self.daysAfterY2K

The Date type can now be used with the stride(from:to:by:) and stride(from:through:by:) functions and as the bounds of an iterable range.

let startDate = Date(daysAfterY2K: 0)   // January 1, 2000
let endDate = Date(daysAfterY2K: 15)    // January 16, 2000

for date in stride(from: startDate, to: endDate, by: 7) {
// January 1, 2000
// January 8, 2000
// January 15, 2000


Getting an Offset Value

func advanced(by: Self.Stride) -> Self

Returns a value that is offset the specified distance from this value.

Required. Default implementation provided.

static func + (Self, Self.Stride) -> Self
static func + (Self.Stride, Self) -> Self
static func - (Self, Self.Stride) -> Self
static func - (Self, Self) -> Self.Stride

Comparing Values

func distance(to: Self) -> Self.Stride

Returns the distance from this value to the given value, expressed as a stride.

Required. Default implementation provided.

Associated Types

associatedtype Stride

A type that represents the distance between two values.


Operator Functions

static func += (inout Self, Self.Stride)
static func -= (inout Self, Self.Stride)
static func == (Self, Self) -> Bool

Returns a Boolean value indicating whether two values are equal.

See Also

Basic Arithmetic

protocol AdditiveArithmetic

A type with values that support addition and subtraction.

protocol Numeric

A type with values that support multiplication.

protocol SignedNumeric

A type that can represent both positive and negative values.