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Parse iOS SDK based on REST API

What is YQParse

YQParse is another Parse iOS SDK totally based on REST API. YQParse let you interact with a HTTP request, including creating is a complete mobile app platform. It focus on creating unique & engaging apps on any platform. It take care of everything else your app needs, from the core of your app to analytics and push notifications.

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When and why to YQParse

For the most time, you don't need to use it. You just go to and download the official Parse iOS SDK. You probably need YQParse, only when you need to build your own static SDK which requires a backend.

YQParse was first created at MHacks IV to support Leaftagger, which was a powerful framework to get feedback from users directly in the native iOS app. It ultimately enables developers to iterate and launch product quicker. Building a backend using Rails and Django on Heroku takes too much effect. So I chosed and built YQParse.


  • Xcode 5+
  • iOS 7.0+


You can simply drag the YQParse folser into your Xcode project.

Initializing the SDK

To start to use YQParse, you must fist initizlie it with your API ID and REST API key.You can find them in your APIs settings on the your Parse account.

Note: Parse provides different api keys. Don't copy the wrong one. We need API ID and REST API key.

Open up your AppDelegate.m file and add the following import to the top of the file:

#import "YQParse.h"

Inside the application:didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:, we add

// Set your api key and REST api key here.
[YQParse setApplicationId:@"RQ2gEXLcAxtOe0ZWOB57IaPERHOGfM9GopPH6brQ"


The YQParseObject

Storing data on Parse is built around the YQParseObject. It's quite similar to PFObject. YQParseObject also has almost the same method.

Check out PFObject Docs.

Saving Objects

The interface is similar to a NSMutableDictionary, plus the saveInBackground method:

// Objective-C
YQParseObject *gameScore = [YQParseObject objectWithClassName:@"GameScore"];
[gameScore setValue:@1337 forKey:@"score"];
[gameScore setValue:@"Sean Plott" forKey:@"playerName"];
[gameScore setValue:@NO forKey:@"cheatMode"];
[gameScore saveInBackgroundWithBlock:^(BOOL succeeded, NSError *error) {
    if (succeeded) {
// Swift
var notification = YQParseObject(className: "Notification")
notification.setValue(summaryTitle, forKey: "title")
notification.setValue(summaryMessage, forKey: "message")
notification.saveInBackgroundWithBlock({ (succeeded:Bool!, error:NSError!) -> Void in
    if((succeeded) != nil){

Retrieving Objects

Retrieve the whole YQParseObject using a YQParseQuery with the objectId.

YQParseQuery *query = [YQParseQuery queryWithClassName:@"GameScore"];
[query getObjectInBackgroundWithId:@"M2haZaceBp" block:^(YQParseObject *object, NSError *error) {
    if (!error) {
        NSLog(@"succeed. Return data: %@", [object objectForKey:@"playerName"]);


Basic Queries

YQParseQuery let you to retrieve a list of objects rather than just a single object. The general pattern is to create a YQParseQuery, put conditions on it, and then retrieve a NSArray of matching YQParseObject using either findObjectsInBackgroundWithBlock:

YQParseQuery *query = [YQParseQuery queryWithClassName:@"GameScore"];
[query whereKey:@"playerName" equalTo:@"Sean Plott"];
[query findObjectsInBackgroundWithBlock:^(NSArray *objects, NSError *error) {
    if (!error) {
        for (YQParseObject *object in objects) {
            NSLog(@"objectId - %@", object.objectId);

Queries Constraints

If you want to retrieve objects matching several different values, you can use whereKey:containedIn:, providing an array of acceptable values. This is often useful to replace multiple queries with a single query.

NSArray *hashtagsResults = [results objectForKey:@"hashtags"];
YQParseQuery *query = [YQParseQuery queryWithClassName:@"Keywords"];
[query whereKey:@"string" containedIn:hashtagsResults];
[query findObjectsInBackgroundWithBlock:^(NSArray *objects, NSError *error) {
    if (!error) {
        if ([objects count]>0) {
            int r = rand() % [objects count];
            // Pick the first one now.
            YQParseObject *object = [objects objectAtIndex:r];
            NSLog(@"objectId - %@", object.objectId);
            NSDictionary *belongTo = [object.responseJSON objectForKey:@"belongTo"];
            NSString *adObjectId = [belongTo objectForKey:@"objectId"];
            [self loadAdImageWithObjectId:adObjectId];

Images allow us to easily stroe images by converting them to NSData and then using PFFile. In official SDK, we can use PFImageView. We don't use PFImageView here. I find that would return the url of any file in the response data when it's using REST API. After we get that url, we will load the image with GET HTTP request.

Load Images

This is a quick example about how to load images.

#import "LeaftaggerObject.h"

@interface LeaftaggerPage : LeaftaggerObject

@property (nonatomic, strong) NSURL *imageURL;
@property (nonatomic, strong) UIImageView *screenshotImageView;



- (void)setImageURL:(NSURL *)imageURL
    if (imageURL) {
        _imageURL =imageURL;
        [self updateFirstPageData];
        NSURLRequest *urlRequest = [[NSURLRequest alloc] initWithURL:imageURL];
        YQHTTPRequestOperation *requestOperation = [[YQHTTPRequestOperation alloc] initWithRequest:urlRequest];
        requestOperation.responseSerializer = [YQImageResponseSerializer serializer];
        [requestOperation setCompletionBlockWithSuccess:^(YQHTTPRequestOperation *operation, id responseObject) {
            NSLog(@"Load image successfully.");
            self.screenshotImageView = [[UIImageView alloc] initWithImage:responseObject];

        } failure:^(YQHTTPRequestOperation *operation, NSError *error) {
            NSLog(@"Image error: %@", error);

        [requestOperation start];


App-Open Analytics

YQParseAnaltyics allows you to track your application being launched.

[YQParseAnalytics trackAppOpened];

Custom Analytics

YQParseAnalytics also allows you to track free-form events, with a handful of string keys and values.

NSDictionary *dimensions = @{
                             @"priceRange": @"1000-1500",
                             @"source": @"cragslist",
                             @"dataType": @"weekday"

[YQParseAnalytics trackEvent:@"search" dimensions:dimensions];

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