Function

class_getVersion(_:)

Returns the version number of a class definition.

Declaration

func class_getVersion(_ cls: AnyClass!) -> Int32

Parameters

theClass

A pointer to an Class data structure. Pass the class definition for which you wish to obtain the version.

Return Value

An integer indicating the version number of the class definition.

Discussion

You can use the version number of the class definition to provide versioning of the interface that your class represents to other classes. This is especially useful for object serialization (that is, archiving of the object in a flattened form), where it is important to recognize changes to the layout of the instance variables in different class-definition versions.

Classes derived from the Foundation framework NSObject class can obtain the class-definition version number using the getVersion class method, which is implemented using the class_getVersion function.