A nonowning collection interface to the bytes in a region of memory.
- Xcode 8.0+
- Swift Standard Library
You can use an
Unsafe instance in low-level operations to eliminate uniqueness checks and release mode bounds checks. Bounds checks are always performed in debug mode.
Unsafe instance is a view of the raw bytes in a region of memory. Each byte in memory is viewed as a
UInt8 value independent of the type of values held in that memory. Reading from memory through a raw buffer is an untyped operation.
In addition to its collection interface, an
Unsafe instance also supports the
load(from method provided by
Unsafe, including bounds checks in debug mode.
To access the underlying memory through typed operations, the memory must be bound to a trivial type.
Unsafe instance is a view into memory and does not own the memory that it references. Copying a variable or constant of type
Unsafe does not copy the underlying memory. However, initializing another collection with an
Unsafe instance copies bytes out of the referenced memory and into the new collection.
The following example uses
Unsafe instance, to demonstrate the difference between assigning a buffer pointer and using a buffer pointer as the source for another collection’s elements. Here, the assignment to
dest creates a new, nonowning buffer pointer covering the first
n bytes of the memory that
some references—nothing is copied:
Next, the bytes referenced by
dest are copied into
byte, a new
[UInt] array, and then the remainder of
some is appended to