Programming language: Swift
License: MIT License
Tags: Database    
Latest version: v0.3.1

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Your Data Storage Troubleshooter πŸ› 


StorageKit is a framework which reduces the complexity of managing a persistent layer. You can easily manage your favorite persistent frameworks (Core Data / Realm at the moment), accessing them through a high-level interface.

Our mission is keeping the persistence layer isolated as much as possible from the client codebase. In this way, you can just focus on developing your app. Moreover, you can migrate to another persistent framework easily, keeping the same interface: StorageKit will do almost everything for you.

  • Hassle free setup πŸ‘
  • Easy to use πŸ€–
  • Extensible πŸš€
  • Support for background queries πŸ™ŒπŸΌ
  • Fully tested ( well, almost, ... ☺️ )

StorageKit is a Swift 3 and XCode 8 compatible project.

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Table of Contents

  1. How it works
  2. Define entities
  3. CRUD
  4. Background operations
  5. Installation
  6. Core Mantainers
  7. Known issues
  8. TODO
  9. License
  10. Credits

How it works

The first step is to create a new Storage object with a specific type (either .CoreData or .Realm) which is the entry-point object to setup StorageKit:

let storage = StorageKit.addStorage(type: .Realm)


let storage = StorageKit.addStorage(type: .CoreData(dataModelName: "Example")

The storage exposes a context which is the object you will use to perform the common CRUD operations, for instance:

try storage.mainContext?.fetch(predicate: NSPredicate(format: "done == false"), sortDescriptors: [sortDescriptors], completion: { (fetchedTasks: [RTodoTask]?) in
    self.tasks = fetchedTasks
        // do whatever you want


let task = functionThatRetrieveASpecificTaskFromDatabase()

do {
    try storage.mainContext?.delete(task)
} catch {
    // manage the error

That's it! πŸŽ‰

In just few lines of code you are able to use your favorite database (through the Storage) and perform any CRUD operations through the StorageContext.

Define Entities

Both Core Data and Realm relies on two base objects to define the entities:

Code Data Entity

import RealmSwift

class RTodoTask: Object {
    dynamic var name = ""
    dynamic var done = false

    override static func primaryKey() -> String? {
        return "taskID"

StorageKit is not able to define your entity class. It means that you must define all your entities manually. It's the only thing you have to do by yourself, please bear with us.

You can create a new entity using in this way:

do {
    try let entity: MyEntity = context.create()
} catch {}

If you are using Realm, entity is an unmanaged object and it should be explicitily added to the database with:

do {
    try storage.mainContext?.add(entity)
} catch {}


C as Create

do {
    try let entity: MyEntity = context.create()
} catch {}

This method creates a new entity object: an NSManagedObject for Core Data and an Object for Realm.


You must create a class entity by yourself before using StorageKit. Therefore, for Core Data you must add an entity in the data model, for Realm you must create a new class which extends the base class Object. If you are using the Realm configuration, you have to add it in the storage before performing any update operations.

do {
    try let entity: MyEntity = context.create()
    entity.myProperty = "Hello"

    try context.add(entity)
} catch {}

R as Read

    try context.fetch { (result: [MyEntity]?) in
        // do whatever you want with `result`

As you can see, in order to perform a query over a specific data type, you have to explicitily write it in this way result: [MyEntity]?.

U as Update

do {
    try context.update {
        entity.myProperty = "Hello"
        entity2.myProperty = "Hello 2"
} catch {}


If you are using the Realm configuration, you have to add the entity in the storage (with the method add) before performing any update operations.

D as Delete

do {
    try let entity: MyEntity = context.create()
    entity.myProperty = "Hello"

    try context.delete(entity)
} catch {}

Background Operations

Good news for you! StorageKit has been implemented with a strong focus on background operations and concurrency to improve the user experience of your applications and making your life easier πŸŽ‰

[Storage](Source/Core/Storage/Storage.swift) exposes the following method:

storage.performBackgroundTask {[weak self] backgroundContext in
    // the backgroundContext might be nil because of internal errors
    guard let backgroundContext = backgroundContext else { return }

    do {
        // perform your background CRUD operations here on the `backgroundContext`
           backgroundContext.fetch { [weak self] (entities: [MyEntity]?) in
        // do something with `entities`
    } catch {

Now the point is that entities are retrieved in a background context, so if you need to use these entities in another queue (for example in the main one to update the UI), you must pass them to the other context through another method exposed by the Storage:

storage.getThreadSafeEntities(for: context, originalContext: backgroundContext, originalEntities: fetchedTasks, completion: { safeFetchedTaks in
    self?.tasks = safeFetchedTaks

    DispatchQueue.main.async {

The method func getThreadSafeEntities<T: StorageEntityType>(for destinationContext: StorageContext, originalContext: StorageContext, originalEntities: [T], completion: @escaping ([T]) -> Void) create an array of entities with the same data of originalEntities but thread safe, ready to be used in destinatinationContext.

This means that, once getThreadSafeEntities is called, you will be able to use the entities returned by completion: @escaping ([T]) -> Void) in the choosen context.

The common use of this method is:

  1. perform a background operation (for instance a fetch) in performBackgroundTask
  2. move the entities retrieved to the main context using getThreadSafeEntities
storage.performBackgroundTask {[weak self] (backgroundContext, backgroundQueue) in
    guard let backgroundContext = backgroundContext else { return }

    do {
        // 1
        backgroundContext.fetch { [weak self] (entities: [MyEntity]?) in
            // 2
            storage.getThreadSafeEntities(for: context, originalContext: backgroundContext, originalEntities: entities, completion: { safeEntities in
                self?.entities = safeEntities
    } catch {



Add StorageKit to your Podfile

target 'MyTarget' do
    pod 'StorageKit', '~> 0.3.1'
$ pod install


github "StorageKit/StorageKit" ~> "0.3.1"

Then on your application target Build Phases settings tab, add a "New Run Script Phase". Create a Run Script with the following content:

/usr/local/bin/carthage copy-frameworks

and add the following paths under "Input Files":


Core Mantainers

Ennio Masi @ennioma
Marco Santarossa @MarcoSantaDev

Known Issues

  • Now it's not possible to exclude Realm.framework and RealmSwift.framework from the installation
  • UI Test target doesn't work in the example project


  • Remove Realm dependency if not needed (the user can decide between Core Data or Realm)
  • Add Reactive interface
  • Distribute through the Swift Package Manager
  • Add more functionalities to the context
  • Add notifications
  • Add migrations


StorageKit is available under the MIT license. See the [LICENSE](LICENSE) file for more info.


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