Sort an array of string containing numbers


By default, Sorting an array of string containing numbers is not sorted in natural order of numbers. They are sorted in natural order of string characters.

For example objects in array have property of type string which are all literal of numbers:

slot1.indexStr = “1”
slot2.indexStr = “14”
slot3.indexStr = “2”
slots = [slot1, slot2, slot3]

 slots = slots.sorted { $0.indexStr! < $1.indexStr! }


It sorted alphabetically based on first character of string. What we want is to sort based on values of number.

// The Workaround

slots = slots.sorted { $0.indexStr!.localizedStandardCompare($1.indexStr!)  == .orderedAscending }
1 2 14

slots = [slots sortedArrayUsingComparator:^NSComparisonResult(id  _Nonnull obj1, id  _Nonnull obj2) {
    return [obj1.indexStr localizedStandardCompare:obj2.indexStr] == NSOrderedAscending;
1 2 14

We are using localizedStandardCompare

Compares strings as sorted by the Finder.

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