Swift Core Data: ManagedObjectModel, PersistentStoreCoordinator and MainObjectContext

So I’m starting to dive into Core Data at work.  Core Data is more than just a database.  Among other things, it manages the database for you which is very handy, especially when a database update is needed.

Today, we made a Core Data manager that initializes Core Data for use in my app.  It initializes the Managed Object Model, the Persistent Store Coordinator and the Main Object Context.

-Managed Object Model

This is the structure of the database.  Generally, you’ll create this in your .xcdatamodel file.  It’s initialized by referring to that file:

        self.managedObjectModel =  NSManagedObjectModel(contentsOfURL: modelUrl)!

-Persistent Store Coordinator

This object coordinates the data with the managed object model to create the database:

       self.persistentStoreCoordinator = NSPersistentStoreCoordinator(managedObjectModel: self.managedObjectModel)

-Main Object Context

This object is the way the app communicates with the database.  So a swift way of creating the data manager class might look like this (including a save function- pretty important for a database):


import Foundation

import CoreData

final class CoreDataManager {


    private let managedObjectModel: NSManagedObjectModel

    private let persistentStoreCoordinator: NSPersistentStoreCoordinator

    let mainObjectContext: NSManagedObjectContext


    init() {

        //    //Get the Object Model

        let modelUrl: NSURL = NSBundle.mainBundle().URLForResource("YourXCDatamodelFileName", withExtension: "momd")!


        self.managedObjectModel =  NSManagedObjectModel(contentsOfURL: modelUrl)!

        let paths = NSFileManager.defaultManager().URLsForDirectory(.DocumentDirectory, inDomains: .UserDomainMask)

        let storeURL: NSURL = paths[0].URLByAppendingPathComponent("NotificationModel.sqlite")


        let options = [NSMigratePersistentStoresAutomaticallyOption: true,

                        NSInferMappingModelAutomaticallyOption: true]


        self.persistentStoreCoordinator = NSPersistentStoreCoordinator(managedObjectModel: self.managedObjectModel)

        do {

            try self.persistentStoreCoordinator.addPersistentStoreWithType(NSSQLiteStoreType, configuration: nil, URL: storeURL, options: options)

        } catch {

            fatalError("Error migrating store: \(error)")



        self.mainObjectContext =  NSManagedObjectContext(concurrencyType: .MainQueueConcurrencyType)

        mainObjectContext.persistentStoreCoordinator = persistentStoreCoordinator



    func save() {

        do {

            try mainObjectContext.save()

        } catch {

            fatalError("Error while saving: \(error)")




ps. I take no credit for this code – it’s mostly pilfered and/or translated from Objective C

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