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An iOS client to the Vines Cloud RESTful API.
Objective-C C Ruby

Vines Cloud iOS API

Vines Cloud exposes pubsub message channels and key/value data storage to mobile applications via a RESTful HTTP API and XMPP. This Objective-C library is a thin wrapper over those protocols to access your cloud account from iPhone and iPad apps.

Additional documentation can be found at


This is a quick overview of the methods available in the API. See the examples/ directory for working demos.


// replace with your account details
NSString *domain = @"";
NSString *username = @"";
NSString *password = @"password";

VinesCloud *vines = [[VinesCloud alloc] initWithDomain:domain];
[vines authenticateWithUsername:username password:password callback:^(NSMutableDictionary *user, VCError *error) {
    if (error) {
        NSLog(@"user: authentication failed %@", error);
    // user, storage, and channel calls . . .

User Management

// count the number of user objects
VCQuery *query = [vines.users query];
[query count:^(NSNumber *count, VCError *error) {
    NSLog(@"user: count %@", count);

// register a new user account
NSString *username = [NSString stringWithFormat:@"hatter@%@", vines.domain];
NSMutableDictionary *signup = [NSMutableDictionary dictionaryWithObjectsAndKeys:username, @"id", @"passw0rd", @"password", nil];
[vines.users save:signup callback:^(NSMutableDictionary *result, VCError *error) {
    if (error) {
        NSLog(@"user: save failed %@", error);
    } else {
        NSLog(@"user: save succeeded %@", result);

JSON Data Storage

VCStorage *comments = [app storageForClass:@"Comment"];

// count the number of comment objects
VCQuery *query = [comments query];
[query count:^(NSNumber *count, VCError *error) {
    NSLog(@"comment: count %@", count);

// save a new comment to cloud storage, then update it
NSMutableDictionary *comment = [NSMutableDictionary dictionaryWithObjectsAndKeys:@"This is a comment!", @"text", nil];
[comments save:comment callback:^(NSMutableDictionary *result, VCError *error) {
    if (error) {
        NSLog(@"comment: save failed %@", error);
    } else {
        NSLog(@"comment: save succeeded %@", result);
        [result setObject:@"This is an updated comment!" forKey:@"text"];
        [comments save:result callback:^(NSMutableDictionary *result, VCError *error) {
            NSLog(@"comment: update succeeded %@", result);

Complex Queries

VCStorage *comments = [app storageForClass:@"Comment"];

// create a query with VinesQL syntax
VCQuery *query = [comments query:@"text exists and text like :match"];
[query whereKey:@"match" is:@"comment!"];

// count matching comments
[query count:^(NSNumber *count, VCError *error) {
    NSLog(@"comment: count %@", count);

// find first matching comment object
[query first:^(NSMutableDictionary *obj, VCError *error) {
    NSLog(@"comment: found first %@", obj);

// use limit and skip to find first 10 matching comments
[query limit:10 skip:0];
[query all:^(NSMutableArray *rows, VCError *error) {
    NSLog(@"comment: found first 10 %@", rows);

Register Callbacks on a Deferred Result

Each API method returns a VCDeferred object on which we can register callback functions. This lets us consolidate error handling in one place and avoids nested callbacks.

VCStorage *comments = [app storageForClass:@"Comment"];
VCQuery *query = [comments query];
VCDeferred *result = [query all];
[result fail:^(VCError *error) {
    NSLog(@"comment: find failed %@", error);
[result done:^(NSObject *found) {
    NSMutableArray *rows = (NSMutableArray *)found;
    for (NSMutableDictionary *comment in rows) {
        NSLog(@"comment: found %@", comment);

Pubsub Channels

VCChannel *comments = [app channelForName:@"comments"];

// subscribe so messages published to the channel will be passed to the callback block
[comments subscribe:^(NSMutableDictionary *message) {
    NSLog(@"comment: received on channel %@", message);
    // unsubscribe from the channel after one message
    [comments unsubscribe];

// publish a comment to the channel
NSMutableDictionary *comment = [NSMutableDictionary dictionaryWithObjectsAndKeys:@"This is a comment!", @"text", nil];
[comments publish:comment];


This library requires Xcode 4.2 and iOS 5.0 or better.



Released under the MIT license. Check the LICENSE file for details.

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