Platformsios 8.0, requires ARC
DependenciesRealmSwift, SwiftDDP, XCGLogger


A client for Meteor servers, written in Swift






  • Reconnection behavior improvements: reconnect attempts now follow an exponential backoff pattern
  • Client now connects to servers using self signed SSL certificates when allowSelfSignedSSL is set to true
  • The loglevel can now be set directly using the logLevel property on the client. The default setting is .None


  • Integration with Meteor’s Facebook, Twitter & other login services.


Install using Carthage by adding the following line to your Cartfile:

github "siegesmund/SwiftDDP" ~> 0.2.1

Or, use CocoaPods. Add the following line to your Podfile:

pod "SwiftDDP", "~> 0.2.1"


API Reference

Quick Start

Setting basic configuration options

import SwiftDDP

Meteor.client.allowSelfSignedSSL = true     // Connect to a server that uses a self signed ssl certificate 
Meteor.client.logLevel = .Info              // Options are: .Verbose, .Debug, .Info, .Warning, .Error, .Severe, .None

Connecting to a Meteor server

// Meteor.connect will automatically connect and will sign in using
// a stored login token if the client was previously signed in.

Meteor.connect("wss://") {
    // do something after the client connects

Login & Logout with Facebook, Twitter, etc. (beta)

These services use the standard Meteor accounts packages. Just add the appropriate package on the server (e.g. meteor add accounts-facebook) and follow the web-based provider setup. Choose redirect, rather than popup and save your appId/clientId as you’ll need it again in your iOS application.

In your iOS app, create a UIButton and associate its’ action with the appropriate Meteor login method. That’s it!

class ViewController: UIViewController {

    // client id is the id that Facebook, Google etc. assigns your app. 
    let GITHUB_CLIENT_ID = "1234567890"
    let FACEBOOK_CLIENT_ID = "qwertyuiop"
    let GOOGLE_CLIENT_ID = "asdfghjkl"

    // Note that Twitter does not require a client id
    @IBAction func loginWithTwitterWasClicked(sender: UIButton) {

    @IBAction func loginWithFacebookWasClicked(sender: UIButton) {
        Meteor.loginWithFacebook(FACEBOOK_CLIENT_ID, viewController: self)

    @IBAction func loginWithGoogleWasClicked(sender: UIButton) {
        Meteor.loginWithGoogle(GOOGLE_CLIENT_ID, viewController: self)

    @IBAction func loginWithGithubWasClicked(sender: UIButton) {
        Meteor.loginWithGithub(GITHUB_CLIENT_ID, viewController: self)

Gotchas and implementation notes for OAuth login flows

When configuring OAuth services

  • If you connect over wss (as you should), then you must provide a https:// app url and redirect url to the service provider. If you connect over ws, you must use http:// for your app url and redirect url. In other words, you can’t mix the two.
  • You’ll need to choose redirect rather than popup in the Meteor OAuth configuration dialog
  • Once configured, Meteor provides the appId/clientId via the "meteor.loginServiceConfiguration" publication, which SwiftDDP automatically subscribes to. However, SwiftDDP currently requires that you explicitly provide the appId as this allows the user to begin logging in immediately, rather than waiting for the initial batch of subscriptions to finish.

Login & Logout with password

Meteor.loginWithPassword("[email protected]", password: "********") { result, error in 
    // do something after login

Meteor.logout() { result, error in 
    // do something after logout

The client also posts a notification when the user signs in and signs out.

// Notification name (a string global variable)

// Example
NSNotificationCenter.defaultCenter().addObserver(self, selector: "userDidLogin", name: DDP_USER_DID_LOGIN, object: nil)
NSNotificationCenter.defaultCenter().addObserver(self, selector: "userDidLogout", name: DDP_USER_DID_LOGOUT, object: nil)

func userDidLogin() {
    print("The user just signed in!")

func userDidLogout() {
    print("The user just signed out!")

Subscribe to a subset of a collection on the server


Meteor.subscribe("todos") {
    // Do something when the todos subscription is ready

Meteor.subscribe("todos", [1,2,3,4]) {
    // Do something when the todos subscription is ready

Call a method on the server"foo", [1, 2, 3, 4]) { result, error in
    // Do something with the method result

When passing parameters to a server method, the parameters object must be serializable with NSJSONSerialization

Simple in-memory persistence

SwiftDDP includes a class called MeteorCollection that provides simple, ephemeral dictionary backed persistence. MeteorCollection stores objects subclassed from MeteorDocument. Creating a collection is as simple as:

class List: MeteorDocument {

    var collection:String = "lists"
    var name:String?
    var userId:String?


let lists = MeteorCollection<List>(name: "lists")   // As with Meteorjs, the name is the name of the server-side collection  

For client side insertions, updates and removals:

let list = List(id: Meteor.client.getId(), fields: ["name": "foo"])

// Insert the object on both the client and server.

// Update the object on both the client and server = "bar"

// Remove the object on both the client and server

For each operation the action is executed on the client, and rolled back if the server returns an error.

Example Projects


These are iOS implementations of Meteor’s Todos example. The best way to run the examples is to connect to a local instance of Meteor’s Todos app: meteor create --example todos && cd todos && meteor. You can specify the server that the Todos app connects to by changing the url variable in AppDelegate.swift. There are currently two flavors: a simple example with dictionary based persistence and an example showing how to use SwiftDDP with Core Data and NSFetchedResultsController.

When running the examples with preexisting instances of the todos app hosted at *, note that connectivity to apps hosted on Meteor’s free hosting (not to be confused with Galaxy) can be erratic as the server periodically idles. If SwiftTodos does not connect or you cannot add or remove items or login, try connecting to a different instance. The surest way to do this is to run an instance of the todos app locally.

bash meteor create --example todos

Once you’ve created and started the Meteor todos server, set the url variable in AppDelegate.swift to ws://localhost:3000/websocket, then run the iOS app.

Example: Creating an array based custom collection

The following pattern can be used to create custom collections backed by any datastore

In this example, we’ll create a simple collection to hold a list of contacts. The first thing we’ll do is create an object to represent a contact. This object has four properties and a method named update that maps the fields NSDictionary to the struct’s properties. Update is called when an object is created and when an update is performed. Meteor will always transmit an id to identify the object that should be added, updated or removed, so objects that represent Meteor documents must always have an id field. Here we’re sticking to the MongoDB convention of naming our id _id.

struct Contact {

    var _id:String?
    var name:String?
    var phone:String?
    var email:String?

    init(id:String, fields:NSDictionary?) {
        self._id = id

    mutating func update(fields:NSDictionary?) {

        if let name = fields?.valueForKey("name") as? String {
   = name

        if let phone = fields?.valueForKey("phone") as? String {
   = phone

        if let email = fields?.valueForKey("email") as? String {
   = email

Next, we’ll create the collection class that will hold our contacts and provide the logic to respond to server-side changes to the documents and the subscription set. SwiftDDP contains an abstract class called AbstractCollection that can be used to build custom collections. Subclassing AbstractCollection allows you to override three methods that are called in response to events on the server: documentWasAdded, documentWasChanged and documentWasRemoved.

class UserCollection: AbstractCollection {

    var contacts = [Contact]()

    // Include any logic that needs to occur when a document is added to the collection on the server
    override public func documentWasAdded(collection:String, id:String, fields:NSDictionary?) {
        let user = User(id, fields)

    // Include any logic that needs to occur when a document is changed on the server
    override public func documentWasChanged(collection:String, id:String, fields:NSDictionary?, cleared:[String]?) {
        if let index = contacts.indexOf({ contact in return contact._id == id }) {
            contact = contacts[index]
            contacts[index] = contact   

  // Include any logic that needs to occur when a document is removed on the server
  override public func documentWasRemoved(collection:String, id:String) {
    if let index = contacts.indexOf({ contact in return contact._id == id }) {
        contacts[index] = nil

So far, we’re able to process documents that have been added, changed or removed on the server. But the UserCollection class still lacks the ability to make changes to both the local datastore and on the server. We’ll change that. In the UserCollection class, create a method called insert.

class UserCollection: AbstractCollection {
    override public func documentWasAdded ...
    override public func documentWasChanged ...
    override public func documentWasRemoved ...
    public func insert(contact: Contact) {

        // (1) save the document to the contacts array
        contacts[contacts._id] = contact

        // (2) now try to insert the document on the server
        client.insert(, document: [contacts.fields()]) { result, error in

            // (3) However, if the server returns an error, reverse the action on the client by 
            //     removing the document from the contacts collection
            if error != nil {
                self.contacts[contact._id] = nil



The key parts of this method are:

  • (1) save the new contact to the array we created in UserCollection
  • (2) invoke client.insert to initiate an insert on the server
  • (3) remove the contact from the local store if the server rejects the insert

Creating update and remove methods are also easy to create, and follow the same patern as insert. For a more extensive example of the patterns shown here, have a look at MeteorCollection.swift. MeteorCollection is an in-memory collection implementation suitable for simple applications.

Latest podspec

    "name": "RealmMeteor",
    "version": "0.1.5",
    "summary": "A DDP Client for communicating with Meteor servers, written in Swift",
    "description": "A DDP Client for communicating with DDP Servers (Meteor JS), written in Swift",
    "homepage": "",
    "license": "MIT",
    "authors": {
        "Peter Siegesmund": "[email protected]"
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "0.1.5"
    "social_media_url": "",
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "8.0"
    "requires_arc": true,
    "source_files": "RealmMeteor/**/*",
    "dependencies": {
        "RealmSwift": [
        "SwiftDDP": [],
        "XCGLogger": []

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