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How to read from a plist with Swift 3 iOS app (5)

In AppDelegate File

var bundlePath:String!
    var documentPath:String!
    var plistDocumentPath:URL!
    let fileManager = FileManager()

    func application(_ application: UIApplication, didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: [UIApplicationLaunchOptionsKey: Any]?) -> Bool
        bundlePath = Bundle.main.path(forResource: "Team", ofType: "plist")

        documentPath = NSSearchPathForDirectoriesInDomains(.documentDirectory, .userDomainMask, true).first

        plistDocumentPath = URL.init(string: documentPath)?.appendingPathComponent("Team.plist")

        if !fileManager.fileExists(atPath: plistDocumentPath.path){

            do {
                try fileManager.copyItem(atPath: bundlePath, toPath: plistDocumentPath.path)
            } catch  {
                print("error Occured \(error.localizedDescription)")


        return true

In ViewController

 @IBOutlet weak var TeamTable: UITableView!
    var appDelegate:AppDelegate!
    var arrayForContacts:[[String:Any]]! // array object

    override func viewDidLoad() {

        appDelegate = UIApplication.shared.delegate as! AppDelegate

    override func viewWillAppear(_ animated: Bool) {


        if appDelegate.fileManager.fileExists(atPath: appDelegate.plistDocumentPath.path){
            arrayForContacts = []
            if let contentOfPlist = NSArray.init(contentsOfFile: appDelegate.plistDocumentPath.path ){
                arrayForContacts = contentOfPlist as! [[String:Any]]


I'm extremely new to iOS and Swift development, but I'm not particularly new to programming.

I have a basic iOS application with Swift3 elements in it.
I've created a plist file with some entries I want to read and display in my application. (No write access is necessary)

How can you read a value for a given key for a bundled plist file, in Swift3?

This seems like a really simple question to me, but a bunch of searching is making me question my whole conceptual approach.

Helpful tips would be appreciated.

As Swift 4 introduces Codable

Step 1: Load the Plist File from bundle.

Step 2: Use PropertyListDecoder for the decoding of property list values into semantic Decodable types.

Step 3: Create Codable Struct

Complete code -

 func setData() {
        // location of plist file
        if let settingsURL = Bundle.main.path(forResource: "JsonPlist", ofType: "plist") {

            do {
                var settings: MySettings?
                let data = try Data(contentsOf: URL(fileURLWithPath: settingsURL))
                    let decoder = PropertyListDecoder()
                settings = try decoder.decode(MySettings.self, from: data)
                    print("toolString is \(settings?.toolString ?? "")")
                print("DeviceDictionary is \(settings?.deviceDictionary?.phone ?? "")")
                print("RootPartArray is \(settings?.RootPartArray ?? [""])")

            } catch {
struct MySettings: Codable {
    var toolString: String?
    var deviceDictionary: DeviceDictionary?
    var RootPartArray: [String]?

    private enum CodingKeys: String, CodingKey {
        case toolString = "ToolString"
        case deviceDictionary = "DeviceDictionary"
        case RootPartArray

    struct DeviceDictionary: Codable {
        var phone: String?
        init(from decoder: Decoder) throws {
            let values = try decoder.container(keyedBy: CodingKeys.self)
            phone = try values.decodeIfPresent(String.self, forKey: .phone)
    init(from decoder: Decoder) throws {
        let values = try decoder.container(keyedBy: CodingKeys.self)
        toolString = try values.decodeIfPresent(String.self, forKey: .toolString)
        deviceDictionary = try values.decodeIfPresent(DeviceDictionary.self, forKey: .deviceDictionary)
        RootPartArray = try values.decodeIfPresent([String].self, forKey: .RootPartArray)


Sample Plist file ->

Here is a Swift 3 implementation, based on Nirav D's answer:

    /// Read Plist File.
    /// - Parameter fileURL: file URL.
    /// - Returns: return plist content.
    func ReadPlist(_ fileURL: URL) -> [String: Any]? {
        guard fileURL.pathExtension == FileExtension.plist, let data = try? Data(contentsOf: fileURL) else {
            return nil
        guard let result = try? PropertyListSerialization.propertyList(from: data, options: [], format: nil) as? [String: Any] else {
            return nil
        return result

Here is example how to get BundleID from Info plist:

var appBundleID = "Unknown Bundle ID"    
if let bundleDict = Bundle.main.infoDictionary, 
   let bundleID = bundleDict[kCFBundleIdentifierKey as String] as? String {
       appBundleID = bundleID

The same way you may easily access any key. This approach is good for many-target projects.

You can also read value directly from your plist file by simply

let value = Bundle.init(for: AppDelegate.self).infoDictionary?["your plist key name"] as? Any