Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Bringing R to Swift on macOS

Over Christmas break I teased some screencaps:

of some almost-natural “R” trying code (this can be a snippet):

Button("Run") {
  do { // calls to R can fail so there are many "strive"s; poking at much less ugly alternate options

    // dealing with dots in named calls is a WIP
    _  = strive R.evalParse("choices(tidyverse.quiet = TRUE )")

    // in follow this wld be known as as soon as in a mannequin
    strive R.library("ggplot2")
    strive R.library("hrbrthemes")
    strive R.library("magick")

    // can combine initialiation of an R listing with Swift and R objects
    let mvals: RObject = [
      "month": [ "Jan", "Feb", "Mar", "Apr", "May", "Jun" ],
      "worth": strive R.pattern(100, 6)

    // ggplot2! `mvals` is above, `col.hexValue` comes from the colour picker
    // cannot do b/c "dots" so this can be a intentionally uncovered alternate name
    let gg = strive R.ggplot(R.as_data_frame(mvals)) +
      R.geom_col(R.aes_string("month", "worth"), fill: col.hexValue) + // helps each [un]named
      R.scale_y_comma() +
        x: rNULL, y: "# issues",
        title: "Month-to-month Bars"
      ) +
      R.theme_ipsum_gs(grid: "Y")

    // a substitute for {magick} may very well be getting uncooked SVG from {svglite} gadget
    // we get Picture view width/top and go that to {magick}
    // both beats disk/ssd round-trip
    let fig = strive R.image_graph(
      width: Double(imageRect.width), 
      top: Double(, 
      res: 144

    strive R.print(gg)
    _ = R.dev_off() // cannot do b/c "dots" so this can be a intentionally uncovered alternate name

    let res = strive R.image_write(fig, path: rNULL, format: "png")

    imgData = Information(res) // "imgData" is a reactive SwiftUI certain object; when it adjustments Picture does too

  } catch {


that works in Swift as a part of a SwiftUI app that shows a ggplot2 plot within a macOS software.

It doesn’t shell out to R, however makes use of Swift 5’s native skills to interface with R’s C interface.

I’m not able to reveal that SwiftR code/library simply but (break’s over and the core bits nonetheless want some tweaking) however I can present some interim assets with an internet e-book about working with R’s C interface from Swift on macOS. It’s uninspiringly known as SwiftR — Utilizing R from Swift.

There are, at current, six chapters that introduce the Swift+R ideas by way of command line apps. These aren’t terribly helpful (shebanged R scripts work simply effective, #tyvm) in and of themselves, however command line machinations are a a lot decrease barrier to entry than beginning proper in with SwiftUI (that begins in chapter seven).


When you’ve wished a cause to burn ~20GB of drive area with an Xcode set up and begin to be taught Swift (or be taught extra about Swift) then this can be a useful resource for you.

The matters within the chapters are additionally a reasonably first rate (albeit incomplete) overview of R’s C interface and in addition work with C code from Swift on the whole.

So, reap the benefits of the remaining pandemic time and provides it a 👀.

Suggestions is welcome within the feedback or the e-book code repo (e-book supply repo is in progress).

Hope everybody has a secure and powerful new 12 months!

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