Programming language: Swift
License: MIT License
Latest version: v1.3

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You love Swift's Codable protocol and use it everywhere, who doesn't! Here is an easy and very light way to store and retrieve Codable objects to various persistence layers, in a few lines of code!

Persistence Layers

PersistenceKit offers 3 layers of persistence suitable for most use cases:

1. UserDefaults

  • Stores data using UserDefaults.
  • Suitable for storing a reasonable number of objects.

2. Files

  • Stores data directly to directories in the app's documents directory using FileManager.
  • Suitable for storing large number of objects.

3. Keychain

  • Stores data to OS's keychain using the Security Framework.
  • Suitable for storing sensitive data, like access tokens.

What's new in v1.3

v1.3 brings Swift 5.0 support


CocoaPods To integrate PersistenceKit into your Xcode project using CocoaPods, specify it in your Podfile: pod 'PersistenceKit'

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

github "Teknasyon-Teknoloji/PersistenceKit"

Swift Package Manager You can use The Swift Package Manager to install PersistenceKit by adding the proper description to your Package.swift file:

import PackageDescription

let package = Package( name: "YOUR_PROJECT_NAME", targets: [], dependencies: [ .package(url: "https://github.com/Teknasyon-Teknoloji/PersistenceKit.git", from: "0.1") ] )

Note that the Swift Package Manager is still in early design and development, for more information checkout its GitHub Page

Manually Add the Sources folder to your Xcode project.


Let's say you have 2 structs; User and Laptop defined as bellow:

struct User: Codable {
    var id: Int
    var firstName: String
    var lastName: String
    var laptop: Laptop?
struct Laptop: Codable {
    var model: String
    var name: String

1. Conform to the Identifiable protocol and set the idKey property

The Identifiable protocol lets PersistenceKit knows what is the unique id for each object.

struct User: Codable, Identifiable {
    static let idKey = \User.id
struct Laptop: Codable, Identifiable {
    static let idKey = \Laptop.model

Notice how User uses Int for its id, while Laptop uses String, in fact the id can be any type. PersistenceKit uses Swift keypaths to refer to properties without actually invoking them. Swift rocks 🤘

2 Create Stores

// To save objects to UserDefaults, create UserDefaultsStore:
let usersStore = UserDefaultsStore<User>(uniqueIdentifier: "users")!
let laptopsStore = UserDefaultsStore<Laptop>(uniqueIdentifier: "laptops")!

// To save a single object to UserDefaults, create UserDefaultsStore:
let userStore = SingleUserDefaultsStore<User>(uniqueIdentifier: "user")!

// To save objects to the file system, create FilesStore:
let usersStore = FilesStore<User>(uniqueIdentifier: "users")
let laptopsStore = FilesStore<Laptop>(uniqueIdentifier: "laptops")

// To save a single object to the file system, create SingleFilesStore:
let userStore = SingleFilesStore<User>(uniqueIdentifier: "user")

// To save a single object to the system's keychain, create SingleKeychainStore:
let userStore = SingleKeychainStore<User>(uniqueIdentifier: "user")

3. Voilà, you're all set!

let macbook = Laptop(model: "A1278", name: "MacBook Pro")
let john = User(userId: 1, firstName: "John", lastName: "Appleseed", laptop: macbook)

// Save an object to a store
try! usersStore.save(john)

// Save an array of objects to a store
try! usersStore.save([jane, steve, jessica])

// Get an object from store
let user = store.object(withId: 1)
let laptop = store.object(withId: "A1278")

// Get all objects in a store
let laptops = laptopsStore.allObjects()

// Check if store has an object
print(usersStore.hasObject(withId: 10)) // false

// Iterate over all objects in a store
laptopsStore.forEach { laptop in

// Delete an object from a store
usersStore.delete(withId: 1)

// Delete all objects in a store

// Know how many objects are stored in a store
let usersCount = usersStore.objectsCount


  • iOS 8.0+ / macOS 10.10+ / tvOS 9.0+ / watchOS 2.0+
  • Xcode 10.0+
  • Swift 4.2+


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PersistenceKit is released under the MIT license. See LICENSE for more information.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the PersistenceKit README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.