URL File Size With NSURLConnection - Swift


i am trying to get a file size from url before downloading

here is the obj-c code

NSURL *URL = [NSURL URLWithString:"ExampleURL"]; NSMutableURLRequest *request = [NSMutableURLRequest requestWithURL:URL]; [request setHTTPMethod:@"HEAD"]; NSHTTPURLResponse *response; [NSURLConnection sendSynchronousRequest:request returningResponse:&response error: nil]; long long size = [response expectedContentLength];

and here is Swift Code

var url:NSURL = NSURL(string: "ExmapleURL") var request:NSMutableURLRequest = NSMutableURLRequest(URL: url) request.HTTPMethod = "HEAD" var response = NSHTTPURLResponse() NSURLConnection.sendSynchronousRequest(request, returningResponse: &response , error: nil)

but i have error here

NSURLConnection.sendSynchronousRequest(request, returningResponse: &response , error: nil) 'NSHTTPURLResponse' is not identical to 'NSURLResponse?'

did i miss something in swift here ?


The response parameter has the type


which means that you can pass the address of an <em>optional</em> NSURLResponse as argument:

var response : NSURLResponse? NSURLConnection.sendSynchronousRequest(request, returningResponse: &response , error: nil)

You can then conditionally cast the returned response to a NSHTTPURLResponse:

if let httpResponse = response as? NSHTTPURLResponse { println(httpResponse.expectedContentLength) }

Note that you should check the return value of sendSynchronousRequest(), which is nil if no connection could be made.

It is also recommended to call this method only from a separate thread (or use sendAsynchronousRequest() instead) because it can take a while to make a connection – in particular when using a cellular network – and the main thread would be blocked otherwise.


Swift 4 solution:

func fetchContentLength(for url: URL, completionHandler: @escaping (_ contentLength: Int64?) -> ()) { var request = URLRequest(url: url) request.httpMethod = "HEAD" let task = URLSession.shared.dataTask(with: request) { (data, response, error) in guard error == nil, let response = response as? HTTPURLResponse, let contentLength = response.allHeaderFields["Content-Length"] as? String else { completionHandler(nil) return } completionHandler(Int64(contentLength)) } task.resume() } // Usage: let url = URL(string: "https://s3.amazonaws.com/x265.org/video/Tears_400_x265.mp4")! fetchContentLength(for: url, completionHandler: { contentLength in print(contentLength ?? 0) })


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