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SNRFetchedResultsController: Automatic Core Data change tracking for OS X

SNRFetchedResultsController is a "port" (not exactly) of NSFetchedResultsController from iOS to OS X. It is not a drop in replacement for NSFetchedResultsController, but performs many of the same tasks in relation to managing results from a Core Data fetch and notifying a delegate when objects are inserted, deleted, updated, or moved in order to update the UI.

This project is in its early stages and probably has a few (many?) bugs. Any feedback, bug reports, and code contributions are greatly appreciated.

NSFetchedResultsController vs. SNRFetchedResultsController


  • SNRFetchedResultsController does not support sections or caching, mainly because (unlike UITableView) NSTableView does not support sections. That said, SNRFetchedResultsController can be used with custom UI controls that do support sectioning, so this would be a nice feature to add in the future.


  • As a result of having no section support, SNRFetchedResultsController uses indexes (NSUInteger) instead of NSIndexPath


This project was written assuming that the code would be compiled under ARC. This means that there is no memory management code present, so if you are going to use this class in a non-ARC project then the correct retain/release calls will have to be inserted manually OR you will have to compile SNRFetchedResultsController.m with the -fobjc-arc flag.

Example Usage

Creating a fetched results controller

NSFetchRequest *request = [[NSFetchRequest alloc] init];
request.entity = [NSEntityDescription entityForName:@"Car" inManagedObjectContext:context];
request.sortDescriptors = [NSArray arrayWithObjects:[NSSortDescriptor sortDescriptorWithKey:@"year" ascending:YES], nil];
request.predicate = [NSPredicate predicateWithFormat:@"wheels.@count != 0"];
request.fetchBatchSize = 20;
self.fetchedResultsController = [[SNRFetchedResultsController alloc] initWithManagedObjectContext:context fetchRequest:request];
self.fetchedResultsController.delegate = self;
NSError *error = nil;
[self.fetchedResultsController performFetch:&error];
if (error) {
    NSLog(@"Unresolved error: %@ %@", error, [error userInfo]);

NSTableViewDataSource implementation

- (NSInteger)numberOfRowsInTableView:(NSTableView *)aTableView
    return [self.fetchedResultsController count];
- (id)tableView:(NSTableView *)aTableView objectValueForTableColumn:(NSTableColumn *)aTableColumn row:(NSInteger)rowIndex
    return [self.fetchedResultsController objectAtIndex:rowIndex];

SNRFetchedResultsControllerDelegate implementation for NSTableView

- (void)controller:(SNRFetchedResultsController *)controller didChangeObject:(id)anObject atIndex:(NSUInteger)index forChangeType:(SNRFetchedResultsChangeType)type newIndex:(NSUInteger)newIndex
    switch (type) {
        case SNRFetchedResultsChangeDelete:
            [self.tableView removeRowsAtIndexes:[NSIndexSet indexSetWithIndex:index] withAnimation:NSTableViewAnimationSlideLeft];
        case SNRFetchedResultsChangeInsert:
            [self.tableView insertRowsAtIndexes:[NSIndexSet indexSetWithIndex:newIndex] withAnimation:NSTableViewAnimationSlideDown];
        case SNRFetchedResultsChangeUpdate:
            [self.tableView reloadDataForRowIndexes:[NSIndexSet indexSetWithIndex:index] columnIndexes:[NSIndexSet indexSetWithIndex:0]];
        case SNRFetchedResultsChangeMove:
            [self.tableView removeRowsAtIndexes:[NSIndexSet indexSetWithIndex:index] withAnimation:NSTableViewAnimationSlideLeft];
            [self.tableView insertRowsAtIndexes:[NSIndexSet indexSetWithIndex:newIndex] withAnimation:NSTableViewAnimationSlideDown];

Who am I?

I'm Indragie Karunaratne, a 17 year old Mac OS X and iOS Developer from Edmonton AB, Canada. Visit my website to check out my work, or to get in touch with me. (follow me on Twitter!)


SNRFetchedResultsController is licensed under the BSD license.

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