Detecting Network Connectivity Changes using Reachability, NSNotification and Network Link Conditioner in Swift

You must create a Reachability object before you can receive notifications from it. Also, be sure to call the startNotifier() method on the Reachability object you create. This would be an example of how to do so inside of your application delegate:

class AppDelegate: UIResponder, UIApplicationDelegate
    private var reachability:Reachability!;

    func application(application: UIApplication, didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: NSDictionary?) -> Bool
        NSNotificationCenter.defaultCenter().addObserver(self, selector:"checkForReachability:", name: kReachabilityChangedNotification, object: nil);

        self.reachability = Reachability.reachabilityForInternetConnection();

    @objc func checkForReachability(notification:NSNotification)
        // Remove the next two lines of code. You cannot instantiate the object
        // you want to receive notifications from inside of the notification
        // handler that is meant for the notifications it emits.

        //var networkReachability = Reachability.reachabilityForInternetConnection()

        let networkReachability = notification.object as Reachability;
        var remoteHostStatus = networkReachability.currentReachabilityStatus()

        if (remoteHostStatus.value == NotReachable.value)
            println("Not Reachable")
        else if (remoteHostStatus.value == ReachableViaWiFi.value)
            println("Reachable via Wifi")

I recommend you take a look at the documentation for NSNotificationCenter and NSNotification. That way you’ll be more familiar with how to work with notifications next time something like this comes up.

Swift 3

NotificationCenter.default.addObserver(self, selector:Selector(("checkForReachability:")), name: NSNotification.Name.reachabilityChanged, object: nil)
let reachability: Reachability = Reachability.forInternetConnection()

Leave a Comment