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Parse LiveQuery Client for iOS/OSX

⚠️ The LiveQuery feature has been added as a module to the Parse Apple SDK. This repository is archived and will no longer receive any updates.

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PFQuery is one of the key concepts for Parse. It allows you to retrieve PFObjects by specifying some conditions, making it easy to build apps such as a dashboard, a todo list or even some strategy games. However, PFQuery is based on a pull model, which is not suitable for apps that need real-time support.

Suppose you are building an app that allows multiple users to edit the same file at the same time. PFQuery would not be an ideal tool since you can not know when to query from the server to get the updates.

To solve this problem, we introduce Parse LiveQuery. This tool allows you to subscribe to a PFQuery you are interested in. Once subscribed, the server will notify clients whenever a PFObject that matches the PFQuery is created or updated, in real-time.

Setup Server

Parse LiveQuery contains two parts, the LiveQuery server and the LiveQuery clients. In order to use live queries, you need to set up both of them.

The easiest way to setup the LiveQuery server is to make it run with the Open Source Parse Server.

Install Client


You can install the LiveQuery client via including it in your Podfile:

pod 'ParseLiveQuery'

Use Client

The LiveQuery client interface is based around the concept of Subscriptions. You can register any PFQuery for live updates from the associated live query server, by simply calling subscribe() on a query:

let myQuery = Message.query()!.where(....)
let subscription: Subscription<Message> = Client.shared.subscribe(myQuery)

Where Message is a registered subclass of PFObject.

Once you've subscribed to a query, you can handle events on them, like so:

subscription.handleEvent { query, event in
    // Handle event

You can also handle a single type of event, if that's all you're interested in:

// Note it's handle(), not handleEvent()
subscription.handle(Event.created) { query, object in
    // Called whenever an object was created

By default, it will print the logs from WebSocket / WebSocketDelegate. You can turn it off:

Client.shared.shouldPrintWebSocketLog = false

You can also enable socket trace messages for all sent and received strings. By default, these trace messages are disabled.

Client.shared.shouldPrintWebSocketTrace = true

Handling errors is and other events is similar, take a look at the Subscription class for more information.

Advanced Usage

You are not limited to a single Live Query Client - you can create your own instances of Client to manually control things like reconnecting, server URLs, and more.

How Do I Contribute?

We want to make contributing to this project as easy and transparent as possible. Please refer to the Contribution Guidelines.

As of April 5, 2017, Parse, LLC has transferred this code to the parse-community organization, and will no longer be contributing to or distributing this code.