How to check if an element is in an array in Swift?

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Want to check if an element is in an array in swift? Use the following example:

contains() is a protocol extension method of SequenceType (for sequences of Equatable elements) and not a global method as in earlier releases.


  • This contains() method requires that the sequence elements adopt the Equatable protocol, compare e.g. Andrews’s answer.
  • If the sequence elements are instances of a NSObject subclass then you have to override isEqual:, see NSObject subclass in Swift: hash vs hashValue, isEqual vs ==.
  • There is another – more general – contains() method which does not require the elements to be equatable and takes a predicate as an argument, see e.g. Shorthand to test if an object exists in an array for Swift?.

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