How do I replace target/action with callbacks in Swift?

NSButton uses the target/action pattern: a button : NSButton has two properties and button.action which specify what to call when the button is clicked.

This is rather different to the way I’m used to programming: I’d like to just set button.onClick = { ... do some stuff ... }. In short, this is how to do it:

class CallbackWrapper {
    var callback : () -> ();
    init(callback: @escaping () -> ()) {
        self.callback = callback;
    @objc public func callCallback() {

func setTargetActionCallback(control: NSControl, callback: @escaping () -> ()) {
    let wrapper = CallbackWrapper(callback: callback); = wrapper;
    control.action = #selector(CallbackWrapper.callCallback);
    let key = UnsafeMutablePointer<Int8>.allocate(capacity: 1);
    objc_setAssociatedObject(control, key, wrapper, .OBJC_ASSOCIATION_RETAIN);


Thanks to Mike Ash and Ham Chapman for finding that post.

I wrote this because I felt like it. This post is my own, and not associated with my employer.

Jim. Friends.