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Making a simple list of “Shows to Watch” in iOS using Core Data

Hola Amigos!

I’m going to demonstrate how easily you can make a simple list using Core Data with operations of Add, Delete, and Update.

Make a new project, and make sure that Use Core Data is checked.
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When project is created, from explorer; click .xcdatamodeld.Then click Add Entity, rename it to Shows, and in the Attributes section click the + and add an item of name watchList of type string.
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After that open your MainStoryboard. Drag and drop a TextField, a Button, a TableView, and may be a Navigation Bar if you like.
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Import CoreData and make outlets for tableview and textfield, and an action event for button.
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After being done with that open your ViewController. Create the following variables.

Adding Values To Core Data

Now we will create a function that we will use to add values to Core Data.

Then in your Button action function.


And in your numberOfRowsInSection, and cellForRowAtIndexPath functions of UITableViewDataSource.


Run your app. I have added the names of shows that I want to watch.
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Now stop the app and run your app again you won’t see the records you recently added.
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Fetching Values From Core Data

To see the records you added you need to fetch them. So in your viewWillAppear.


Run again.
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Deleting Values From Core Data

Since we’re done with adding, and fetching. we’ll go for some deletion of records from Core Data. For that we will use UITableViewDataSource‘s function, tableView(_:commitEditingStyle:forRowAtIndexPath:).


Run your app and slide from right to left.
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After Delete operation is performed.
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You can also double check the deletion by re-running the app.

Updating Values

For this purpose we are going to create two functions. 1st function will generate an alert with a textfield, whenever a user selects a cell, and the other will be handling the updates in Core Data.


Finally, in didSelectRowAtIndexPath of UITableViewDelegate.


Build and run, then select a cell.
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I updated the value of cell “Jessica Jones” to “Hellsing Ultimate”.
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So, there you go. A simple list using Core Data in Swift.
You can download this project from here.

Author: kodesnippets


  1. Aaron
    Aaron December 7, 2015

    Nicely done!

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