Swift implementation of twitter-text library

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This is the Swift implementation of the twitter-text parsing library. The library has methods to parse Tweets and calculate length, validity, parse @mentions, #hashtags, URLs, and more.


Add twitter-text directly to your Package.swift file:

dependencies: [
    // ...
    .package(url: "", from:"0.0.1"),
targets: [
.target(name: "Your App", dependencies: [
    /// ...
    .product(name: "twitter-text", package: "twitter-text"),

or via Xcode:

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Xcode setup

Conformance tests

To run the Conformance test suite from the command line:

% swift test --enable-test-discovery

You can also run the tests from within Xcode itself. Open the project file and run the tests are you normally would (Cmd-U).


twitter-text 2.0 introduces configuration files that define how Tweets are parsed for length. This allows for backwards compatibility and flexibility going forward. Old-style traditional 140-character parsing is defined by the v1.json configuration file, whereas v2.json is updated for "weighted" Tweets where ranges of Unicode code points can have independent weights aside from the default weight. The sum of all code points, each weighted appropriately, should not exceed the max weighted length.

Some old methods from twitter-text 1.0 have been marked deprecated, such as the various +tweetLength: methods. The new API is based on the following method, -parseTweet:

- TwitterTextParser parseTweet(text:)

This method takes a string as input and returns a results object that contains information about the string. TwitterTextParseResults includes:

  • weightedLength: Int: the overall length of the tweet with code points weighted per the ranges defined in the configuration file.

  • permillage: Int: indicates the proportion (per thousand) of the weighted length in comparison to the max weighted length. A value > 1000 indicates input text that is longer than the allowable maximum.

  • isValid: Bool: indicates if input text length corresponds to a valid result.

  • displayTextRange: NSRange: An array of two unicode code point indices identifying the inclusive start and exclusive end of the displayable content of the Tweet. For more information, see the description of display_text_range here: Tweet updates

  • validDisplayTextRange: NSRange: An array of two unicode code point indices identifying the inclusive start and exclusive end of the valid content of the Tweet. For more information on the extended Tweet payload see Tweet updates


Have a bug? Please create an issue here on GitHub!


Source of inspiration

This library was directly based upon its Objective-C implementation which can be found in twitter/twitter-text repository, written by Satoshi Nakagawa, David LaMacchia and Keh-Li Sheng.

Version 3.1.0 was used as reference. All test case JSON files used in this library are directly copied from said repository to keep consistency and being sure that results are the same.


Copyright 2020 Paweł Madej, and other contributors

Licensed under the MIT License


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Last updated: Tue Nov 08 2022 16:59:34 GMT-0500 (GMT-05:00)