Swift Array min()

The min() method returns the minimum element in the array.


var numbers = [9, 34, 11, -4, 27]

// find the smallest number print(numbers.min()!)
// Output: -4

min() Syntax

The syntax of the array min() method is:


Here, array is an object of the Array class.

min() Parameters

The min() method doesn't take any parameters.

min() Return Values

  • returns the minimum element from the array

Note: The min() method returns an optional value, so we need to unwrap it. There are different techniques to unwrap optionals. To learn more about optionals, visit Swift Optionals.

Example 1: Swift Array min()

// create an array of integers
var integers = [2, 4, 6, 8, 10]

// create an array of floating-point number
var decimals = [1.2, 3.4, 7.5, 9.6]

// find the smallest element in integers array print(integers.min())
// find the smallest element in decimals array print(decimals.min()!)



In the above example, we have created two arrays named integers and decimals. Notice the following:

  • integers.min() - since we have not unwrapped the optional, the method returns Optional(2)
  • decimals.min()! - since we have used ! to force unwrap the optional, the method returns 1.2.

To learn more about forced unwrapping, visit Optional Forced Unwrapping.

Example 2: Find Smallest String Using min()

var languages = ["Swift", "Python", "Java"]

// find the smallest string print(languages.min()!)



Here, the elements in the languages array are strings, so the min() method returns the smallest element (alphabetically).

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