objc 0.1.8

Objective-C Runtime bindings and wrapper for Rust.

Objective-C Runtime bindings and wrapper for Rust.

Messaging objects

Objective-C objects can be messaged using the msg_send! macro:

let cls = Class::get("NSObject").unwrap();
let obj: *mut Object = msg_send![cls, new];
let hash: usize = msg_send![obj, hash];
let is_kind: BOOL = msg_send![obj, isKindOfClass:cls];
// Even void methods must have their return type annotated
let _: () = msg_send![obj, release];

Declaring classes

Classes can be declared using the ClassDecl struct. Instance variables and methods can then be added before the class is ultimately registered.

The following example demonstrates declaring a class named MyNumber that has one ivar, a u32 named _number and a number method that returns it:

let superclass = Class::get("NSObject").unwrap();
let mut decl = ClassDecl::new(superclass, "MyNumber").unwrap();

// Add an instance variable

// Add an ObjC method for getting the number
extern fn my_number_get(this: &Object, _cmd: Sel) -> u32 {
    unsafe { *this.get_ivar("_number") }
unsafe {
        my_number_get as extern fn(&Object, Sel) -> u32);



By default, if the msg_send! macro causes an exception to be thrown, this will unwind into Rust resulting in unsafe, undefined behavior. However, this crate has an "exception" feature which, when enabled, wraps each msg_send! in a @try/@catch and panics if an exception is caught, preventing Objective-C from unwinding into Rust.