joshdholtz / ObjectiveRecord

A lightweight Active Record - style of managing CoreData objects.

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This is a lightweight ActiveRecord way of managing Core Data objects. The syntax is borrowed from Ruby on Rails.
And yeah, no AppDelegate code. It's fully tested with Kiwi.

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  1. Install with CocoaPods or clone
  2. #import "ObjectiveRecord.h" in your model or .pch file.

Create / Save / Delete

Person *john = [Person create]; = @"John";
[john save];
[john delete];

[Person create:@{ @"name" : @"John", @"age" : @12, @"member" : @NO }];


// all Person entities from the database
NSArray *people = [Person all];

// Person entities with name John
NSArray *johns = [Person where:@"name == 'John'"];

// And of course, John Doe!
Person *johnDoe = [Person where:@"name == 'John' AND surname == 'Doe'"].first;

// Members over 18 from NY
NSArray *people = [Person where:@{ 
                      @"age" : @18,
                      @"member" : @YES,
                      @"state" : @"NY"

// I wanna be fancy and write my own NSPredicate
NSPredicate *membersPredicate = [NSPredicate  predicateWithBlock:^BOOL(Person *person, NSDictionary *bindings) {
    return person.isMember == YES;
NSArray *members = [Person where:membersPredicate];

Custom ManagedObjectContext

NSManagedObjectContext *newContext = [[NSManagedObjectContext alloc] initWithConcurrencyType:NSPrivateQueueConcurrencyType];
newContext.persistentStoreCoordinator = [[CoreDataManager instance] persistentStoreCoordinator];

Person *john = [Person createInContext:newContext];
Person *john = [Person where:@"name == 'John'" inContext:newContext].first;
NSArray *people = [Person allInContext:newContext];

Custom CoreData model or .sqlite database

If you've added the Core Data manually, you can change the custom model and database name on CoreDataManager

[CoreDataManager instance].modelName = @"MyModelName";
[CoreDataManager instance].databaseName = @"custom_database_name";


// find
[[Person all] each:^(Person *person) {
    person.member = @NO;

for(Person *person in [Person all]) {
    person.member = @YES;

// create / save
Person *john = [Person create]; = @"John";
john.surname = @"Wayne";
[john save];

// find / delete
[[Person where: @{ "member" : @NO }] each:^(Person *person) {
    [person delete];


The most of the time, your JSON web service returns keys like first_name, last_name, etc.
Your ObjC implementation has camelCased properties - firstName, lastName.

Since v1.2, camel case is supported automatically - you don't have to do nothing! Otherwise, if you have more complex mapping, here's how you do it:

// just override - mappings in your NSManagedObject subclass
// this method is called just once, so you don't have to do any caching / singletons
@implementation Person

- (NSDictionary *)mappings {
  return @{ 
      @"id": @"remoteID",
      @"mmbr": @"isMember",
      // you can also map relationships, and initialize your graph from a single line
      @"employees": @{
          @"class": [Person class]
      @"cars": @{
          @"key": "vehicles",
          @"class": [Vehicle class]
  // first_name => firstName is automatically handled



ObjectiveRecord supports CoreData's in-memory store. In any place, before your tests start running, it's enough to call

[[CoreDataManager sharedManager] useInMemoryStore];


  • NSIncrementalStore support
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A lightweight Active Record - style of managing CoreData objects.

License:MIT License


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