A service class for Swift to work with the FileMaker Data API
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SwiftFM is a service class for Swift 4.2 to work with the FileMaker Data API. (Xcode 9.4+ required)


This document will show you how to check the status for an existing token, how to refresh expired tokens, and how to make sure you're passing active tokens in your requests, where possible. Fetching a new session token for every request is lazy. Don't be that guy. 🙃

The example below includes a basic find request. Refer to the DataAPI.swift class (above) to see a full list of functions and how to call them.

Class vars and lets

A let is a constant, in Swift.

During testing, you can hardcode baseURL and auth values as below, but best practice is to keep sensitive info (such as API keys, etc.) outside of Bundle.main. It's safer to fetch that information from elsewhere and park it in UserDefaults.

I like to fetch most of my environment settings from CloudKit, in didFinishLaunching or didEnterForeground. Doing it that way also provides a remote kill-switch, if necessary.

import UIKit
class ViewController: UIViewController {
//  let baseURL = UserDefaults.standard.string(forKey: "fm-db-path")   // better
//  let auth    = UserDefaults.standard.string(forKey: "fm-auth")      // better
    let baseURL = "https://<hostName>/fmi/data/v1/databases/<databaseName>"
    let auth    = "xxxxxxxabcdefg1234567"  // base64 "user:pass"
    var token   = UserDefaults.standard.string(forKey: "fm-token")
    var expiry  = UserDefaults.standard.object(forKey: "fm-token-expiry") as? Date ?? Date(timeIntervalSince1970: 0)
    var bands   = [Band]()    
    @IBOutlet weak var collectionView: UICollectionView!
    struct Band {
        name: String
        bio: String
    // ...

Active token?

Bool check to see if there's an existing token and whether or not it's expired. The _ means we aren't using (don't care about) the token value right now, we only care that there /is/ one.

    // active token?
    func isActiveToken() -> Bool {
        if let _ = self.token, self.expiry > Date() {
            return true
        } else {
            return false

Refresh token

Refresh an expired token. The @escaping marker allows the token and expiry types to be passed later (they're permitted to "escape" or "outlive" the function). That's typical for async calls in Swift. We'll call this function later, in viewDidLoad()

    // refresh token
    func refreshToken(for auth: String, completion: @escaping (String, Date) -> Void) {
        guard let baseURL = URL(string: self.baseURL) else { return }
        let url = baseURL.appendingPathComponent("/sessions")
        let expiry = Date(timeIntervalSinceNow: 900)   // 15 minutes
        // request
        var request = URLRequest(url: url)
        request.httpMethod = "POST"
        request.setValue("Basic \(auth)", forHTTPHeaderField: "Authorization")
        request.setValue("application/json", forHTTPHeaderField: "Content-Type")
        // task
        URLSession.shared.dataTask(with: request) { data, _, error in
            guard   let data  = data, error == nil,
                    let json  = try? JSONSerialization.jsonObject(with: data) as! [String: Any],
                    let resp  = json["response"] as? [String: Any],
                    let token = resp["token"] as? String
            else {
                    print("refresh token sad")
            // prefs
            UserDefaults.standard.set(token, forKey: "fm-token")
            UserDefaults.standard.set(expiry, forKey: "fm-token-expiry")
            completion(token, expiry)   // out^

Find request

This example shows an "or" request. Set your payload from a UITextField (or hardcode a query, like this) and pass it as a parameter.

    // payload
    var payload = ["query": [   
        ["bandName": "Pinkish Black"],  // "or" query ->[[pred1],[pred2]]   "and" ->[[pred1, pred2]]
        ["bandName": "Sudie"],
        ["bandName": "Cure For Paranoia"]
        // ...
    // data api find request
    func findRequest(token: String, layout: String, payload: [String: Any]) {
        guard   let body = try? JSONSerialization.data(withJSONObject: payload),
                let baseURL = URL(string: self.baseURL) else { return }

        let url = baseURL.appendingPathComponent("/layouts/\(layout)/_find")
        // request
        var request = URLRequest(url: url)
        request.httpMethod = "POST"
        request.addValue("Bearer \(token)", forHTTPHeaderField: "Authorization")
        request.addValue("application/json", forHTTPHeaderField: "Content-Type")
        request.httpBody = body
        // task
        URLSession.shared.dataTask(with: request) { data, _, error in
            guard   let data     = data, error == nil,
                    let json     = try? JSONSerialization.jsonObject(with: data) as! [String: Any],
                    let response = json["response"] as? [String: Any],
                    let records  = response["data"] as? [[String: Any]] else { return }
            // array
            for record in records {

                guard   let fieldData = record["fieldData"] as? [String: Any],
                        let bandName  = fieldData["bandName"] as? String,
                        let bandBio   = fieldData["bandBio"] as? String else { return }
                // make
                let b = Band(name: bandName, bio: bandBio)                 
            // completion
            OperationQueue.main.addOperation {
                self.bands.sort { $0.bandName < $1.bandName }

ViewDidLoad() with query

Here, we check for an active token (self.token) and hand that to our find request. If the token is missing or expired, we fetch a new one and pass newToken instead.

If you're new to Swift, viewDidLoad() is called only when stepping into a view. It is not called when navigating backward/down the stack. If you need to call a function every time the user enters a view, that's done in viewWillAppear() or viewDidAppear().

    override func viewDidLoad() {
        collectionView.dataSource = self
        collectionView.delegate = self
        collectionView.isPrefetchingEnabled = true
        // request
        switch isActiveToken() {  
        case true:
            print("active token - expiry \(self.expiry)")
            findRequest(token: token!, layout: "Bands", payload: self.payload)
        case false:
            refreshToken(for: auth, completion: { newToken, newExpiry in
                print("new token - expiry \(newExpiry)")
                self.findRequest(token: newToken, layout: "Bands", payload: self.payload)
    }  // .did load