Latest 0.1.0
License MIT
Platforms ios 9.0
Dependencies Dwifft, Firebase/Database

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FirebaseResultsController is a controller used to manage the results of a query attached to a Firebase Realtime Database.

It offers additional filtering and sorting capabilities, diffing support (using LCS algoritm), and realtime content updates. These features come together to facilitate building data driven UITableView’s.


This project includes a simple demo application that demonstrates how to use a FirebaseResultsController to power an instance of UITableView.


To run the example project, clone the repo, and run pod install from the Example directory first.

You’ll also need to create a Firebase account, and follow the instructions to create a demo project. Once your demo project has been created in your Firebase account, you’ll need to download the project’s corresponding GoogleService-Info.plist and add it the demo project. The Firebase framework automatically detects this file when the app launches, and will configure the environment accordingly.

P.S You can just copy your GoogleService-Info.plist directly to the Example/FirebaseResultsController/ directory, and the Xcode project should automatically pick it up.


FirebaseResultsController is available through CocoaPods. To install
it, simply add the following line to your Podfile:

pod "FirebaseResultsController"

Usage Instructions


To describe a fetch operation, you need to first create a FirebaseFetchRequest. You create a FirebaseFetchRequest with a Firebase DatabaseQuery instance. A DatabaseQuery already provides support for filtering and sorting, but only to a certain extent. If the built in behaviour is not enough, you can specify an NSPredicate, and an array of NSSortDescriptor’s that can be applied to the final fetched data.

let query: DatabaseQuery = ...      // some Firebase query

let fetchRequest = FirebaseFetchRequest(query: query)
fetchRequest.predicate = ...        // optional NSPredicate that is applied to fetched data
fetchRequest.sortDescriptors = ...  // optional array of NSSortDescriptor's applied to fetched data


The FirebaseResultsController is the main class used to fetch the data. You create it with a FirebaseFetchRequest, and optionally a sectionNameKeyPath on result objects that returns the section name.

let controller = FirebaseResultsController(fetchRequest: fetchRequest, sectionNameKeyPath: <optional key path>)

You must call performFetch() at least once to begin receiving data. Afterwards, if you change the predicate or sort descriptors on the controller’s fetch request, you must call performFetch() again (i.e. filtering via a search bar).

controller.fetchRequest.predicate = ...         // updated predicate
controller.fetchRequest.sortDescriptors = ...   // updated sort descriptors

controller.performFetch()                       // reconfigures the controller for the updated fetch request

Calling performFetch() will attach observers for the specified database query. This automatically provides realtime updates to the controller’s content. To enabled diffing these realtime updates, you need to specify a changeTracker which is an object that conforms to the FirebaseResultsControllerChangeTracking protocol.

controller.changeTracker = ... // object that conforms to FirebaseResultsControllerChangeTracking

For Example:

extension ViewController: FirebaseResultsControllerChangeTracking {
    func controller(_ controller: FirebaseResultsController, didChangeContentWith changes: FetchResultChanges) {

        // apply section changes
        changes.enumerateSectionChanges { (section, sectionIndex, type) in
            switch type {
            case .insert:
                self.tableView.insertSections(IndexSet(integer: sectionIndex), with: .fade)
            case .delete:
                self.tableView.deleteSections(IndexSet(integer: sectionIndex), with: .fade)

        // apply row changes
        changes.enumerateRowChanges { (anObject, indexPath, type, newIndexPath) in
            switch type {
            case .insert:
                tableView.insertRows(at: [newIndexPath!], with: .fade)
            case .delete:
                tableView.deleteRows(at: [indexPath!], with: .fade)
            case .update:
                self.configureCell(tableView.cellForRow(at: indexPath!)!, with: anObject)
            case .move:
                tableView.moveRow(at: indexPath!, to: newIndexPath!)


Composing Results (Beta)

You can use the ComposedFirebaseResultsController to compose multiple FirebaseResultsController together.

let controller1 = FirebaseResultsController(fetchRequest: fetchRequest1, sectionNameKeyPath: <optional key path>)
let controller2 = FirebaseResultsController(fetchRequest: fetchRequest2, sectionNameKeyPath: <optional key path>)
let controller3 = FirebaseResultsController(fetchRequest: fetchRequest3, sectionNameKeyPath: <optional key path>)

let controllers = [controller1, controller2, controller3]

let composedResultsController = ComposedFirebaseResultsController(controllers: controllers, composedQuery: <optional composed query>)

The ComposedFirebaseResultsController maps index paths between the internal controllers and the external aggregated results. It also exposes a similar API to the FirebaseResultsController.


Create a fork of the project into your own repository. Make all your necessary changes and create a pull request with a description on what was added or removed and details explaining the changes in lines of code. If approved, project owners will merge it.


Christian Gossain, [email protected]


FirebaseResultsController is released under the MIT license. See LICENSE for details.

Latest podspec

    "name": "FirebaseResultsController",
    "version": "0.1.0",
    "summary": "An NSFetchedResultsController replacement for Firebase, written in Swift.",
    "description": "The FirebaseResultsController is an NSFetchedResultsController replacement that allows you to monitor (fetch, filter, sort, section, and diff) data stored in a Firebase Realtime Database.nnThe controller follows a similar interface to NSFetchedResultsController, which can be used to drive UITableView or UICollectionView's.",
    "homepage": "",
    "license": {
        "type": "MIT",
        "file": "LICENSE"
    "authors": {
        "Christian Gossain": "[email protected]"
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "0.1.0"
    "module_name": "FirebaseResultsController",
    "swift_version": "4.0",
    "static_framework": true,
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "9.0"
    "source_files": "FirebaseResultsController/Classes/**/*",
    "dependencies": {
        "Dwifft": [
        "Firebase/Database": []

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