Latest 0.1.1
License MIT
Platforms ios 8.0, requires ARC

A Swift Core Data wrapper with nice API for interacting with managed objects and managed object contexts.

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  • iOS 8.0+
  • Xcode 7+



CocoaPods is a dependency manager for Cocoa projects. You can install it with the following command:

$ gem install cocoapods

To integrate SwiftyData into your Xcode project using CocoaPods, specify it in your Podfile:

platform :ios, '9.0'

target '<Your Target Name>' do
    pod 'SwiftyData'

Then, run the following command:

$ pod install

Then add import SwiftyData to the top of the files using SwiftyData.


Carthage is a decentralized dependency manager that builds your dependencies and provides you with binary frameworks.

You can install Carthage with Homebrew using the following command:

$ brew update
$ brew install carthage

To integrate SwiftyData into your Xcode project using Carthage, specify it in your Cartfile:

github "aonawale/SwiftyData" >= 0.0.1

Run carthage update to build the framework and drag the built SwiftyData.framework into your Xcode project.


If you prefer not to use either of the aforementioned dependency managers, you can integrate SwiftyData into your project manually.

Getting started

Import SwiftyData at the top of the files using SwiftyData.

import SwiftyData

class Person: NSManagedObject {
    @NSManaged var name: String
    @NSManaged var age: Int64

If your model name is not the same as your class name you should override the entityName property of NSManagedObject and return the model name for the class.

extension Person {
    override class var entityName: String {
        return "Human"

Optionally, you can adopt and conform to KeyCodeable protocol so that you can represent your properties using enums and be sure of type safety.

extension Person: KeyCodeable {
    enum Key: String {
        case name
        case age


// Create a Person
let person = Person.create() // No casting needed, just create! = "Foo"
person.age = 18

// Or you can just create with properties:
let person = Person.create([.name: "Foo", .age: 18])

// You can also create multiple instances all at once.
let people = Person.bulkCreate([.name: "Foo", .age: 19],
                                [.name: "Bar", .age: 29],
                                [.name: "Baz", .age: 32])

Using NSManagedObjectContext

let context = NSManagedObjectContext.defaultContext()
context.create(Person.self, properties: [.name: "Foo", .age: 18])

All the methods available on NSManagedObject subclasses are also available on NSManagedObjectContext. Difference is that the context takes as it’s first argument the class name on which to operate on.

Get and set properties

// Returns a dictionary of [String: AnyObject]
person.get([.name, .age])

// Set properties to new value
person.set([.name: "Bar", .age: 20])


// Deletes person

// Deletes all Person


Saves the object or objects to the persistence store. Returns True if the save is successful or False if otherwise. Also returns False if there are no changes to save in the NSManagedObjectContext.

// Saves person
let person = Person.create() // true // false = "Foo" // true

// Same as calling


// Reloads person properties from the persistence store
let person = Person.create([.name: "Foo", .age: 18])
person.set([.name: "Bar", .age: 20]) // Baz
person.age // 20
person.reload() // Foo
person.age // 18


If there is already an object with the supplied properties, it returns that object, otherwise creates a new one with the supplied properties.

Person.bulkCreate([.name: "Foo", .age: 19], [.name: "Bar", .age: 29])
Person.count() // returns 2
Person.upsert([.name: "Foo", .age: 19])
Person.count() // returns 2
Person.upsert([.name: "Baz", .age: 32])
Person.count() // returns 3


// Find all Person
// Returns an array of all person

// Find by id
let id = person.objectID

// Find by NSURL
let url = perosn.objectID.URIRepresentation()


// Finds one Person whose name is Foo
Person.findOne(where: [.name: "Foo"])

// You can a NSPredicate format string and arguments
// Finds one Person whose age is less than 20
Person.findOne(where: "age < %@", arguments: 20)

// Or you can just drop in a NSPredicate
// Finds one Person whose age is greater than 18
let predicate = NSPredicate(format: "age > 18")
Person.findOne(where: predicate)


// Finds all Person less than 30 years old
let lessThan30 = Person.find(where: "age < 30")

// Finds Person named Foo that has age 18
let foo = Person.find(where: "name == %@ AND age == %@", arguments: "Foo", 18)

// Finds Person named Bar that has age 20
let bar = Person.find(where: [.name: "Bar", .age: 20])

// Finds all Person greater than 18 years old
let predicate = NSPredicate(format: "age > 18")
let greaterThan18 = Person.find(where: predicate)


// Finds all Person and sort by name: ascending
Person.find(where: [:], sort: [.name: .ASC])

// You can pass in an array of NSSortDescriptor
// Finds all Person and sort by name and age
let byName = NSSortDescriptor(key: "name", ascending: false)
let byAge = NSSortDescriptor(key: "age", ascending: true)
let sorted = Person.find(where: "age > %@", arguments: 10, sort: [byName, byAge])


// Finds and return just two Person
let justTwo = Person.find(where: "age > 10", limit: 2)

Pagination or Offsetting

Person.bulkCreate([.name: "Foo", .age: 19], [.name: "Bar", .age: 29], [.name: "Baz", .age: 32]) // If context is not saved, the fetchOffset property of NSFetchRequest is ignored.

// Returns an array of Person object skipping the first two result
let skipTwo = Person.find(where: "age > %@", arguments: 10, skip: 2)

You need to call save on the NSManagedObject subclass otherwise the skip argument will be ignored.


// Returns a proxy object array of Person that transparently faults batches on demand.
Person.find(where: "age > %@", arguments: 10, batchSize: 2)


// Counts and return the number of Person

// You can supply a query to narrow down the objects to count
Person.count(where: "age < 30")

// You can also do this if you conform to KeyCodeable protocol
Person.count(where: [.name: "Foo"])

Batch Update

Performs a batch update on all managed objects matching the supplied query. The return type is NSBatchUpdateRequestResultType which defaults to StatusOnlyResultType.

// Updates all Person whose name begins with fo to Foo
Person.update(where: "name BEGINSWITH[cd] %@", arguments: "fo", with: [.name: "Foo"])

// You can specify a result type you prefer. Here we are
// specifying a result type which returns the number of updated objects
let updatedCount = Person.update(where: "age < 30", with: [.age: 30], resultType: .UpdatedObjectsCountResultType) as? Int

// You can supply a NSPredicate if you like.
let age = NSPredicate(format: "age == 30")
let name = NSPredicate(format: "name == %@", "Foo")
let predicate = NSCompoundPredicate(andPredicateWithSubpredicates: [age, name])
Person.update(where: predicate, with:[.name: "Bar", .age: 19])

Conformance to KeyCodeable protocol is required for batch updates.

Custom SwiftyData

By default SwiftyData merges all the Model files with extension xcdatamodeld in your project directory. So it doesn’t matter what you name your model or if you have multiple model files, they will all be found.

If you dont want this behaviour, you can explicitly set the name of model file you want SwiftyData to use in your AppDelegate and only this file will be used.

func application(application: UIApplication, didFinishLaunchingWithOptions launchOptions: [NSObject: AnyObject]?) -> Bool {
    SwiftyData.sharedData.modelName = "MyModel"
    return true

You can set a database name if you don’t want the default behaviour which uses the application name. You can set this before you return from your AppDelegate’s application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions method.

SwiftyData.sharedData.databaseName = "MyDatabase"

You can also set a custom managed object context before returning from application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions method if you don’t prefer to use the default one.

let context = NSManagedObjectContext(concurrencyType: ...)
SwiftyData.sharedData.managedObjectContext = context


Creating objects relationships is as easy as setting their properties. Consider the following example:

class Employee: Person {
    @NSManaged var employmentDate: NSDate
    @NSManaged var department: Department?

extension Employee {
    enum Key: String {
        case name, age, employmentDate, department

class Department: NSManagedObject {
    @NSManaged var name: String
    @NSManaged var employees: [Employee]

extension Department: KeyCodeable {
    enum Key: String {
        case name, employees

    override class var entityName: String {
        return "Organization"
let employee = Employee.create([.employmentDate: NSDate()])
let department = Department.create([.name: "Accounting", .employees: []])

employee.department // nil
department.employees.isEmpty // true

employee.department = department

employee.department // returns department
department.employees.isEmpty // false


department.employees.isEmpty // true

// You can supply related objects during initialization if you want
let employees = (1...20).map { Employee.create([.employmentDate: NSDate(timeIntervalSinceNow: NSTimeInterval($0))]) }
let department = Department.create([.name: "Health", .employees: employees])

department.employees.count // 20
Employee.find(where: "department == %@", arguments: department).count // 20


  • Realm support
  • JSON support


SwiftyData is available under the MIT license. See the file for more information.

Latest podspec

    "name": "SwiftyData",
    "version": "0.1.1",
    "summary": "Simple CoreData wrapper for Swift iOS projects",
    "homepage": "",
    "license": {
        "type": "MIT",
        "file": ""
    "authors": {
        "Ahmed Onawale": "[email protected]"
    "social_media_url": "",
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "8.0"
    "requires_arc": true,
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "0.1.1",
        "submodules": true
    "source_files": "SwiftyData/**/*.{h,swift}",
    "description": "A Swift Core Data wrapper with nice API for interacting with managed objects and managed object contexts."

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