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Automatically update store schema with Core Data

Automatically update store schema with Core Data

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Today I was playing with Core Data technology and I was trying to check whether it is possible to update the store schema according to the changes I made to the entities, relationships and whatever else.

I found out that the important steps are:

  • Use the versioning: before modifying your current schema you should select “Editor -> Add Model Version..”
  • Edit as much as you like
  • Select the new version as the active one
  • Go to your app delegate file and modify the - (NSPersistentStoreCoordinator *) persistentStoreCoordinator method as follows:
    NSURL *url = [applicationFilesDirectory URLByAppendingPathComponent:@"YourApp.storedata"];
        __persistentStoreCoordinator = [[NSPersistentStoreCoordinator alloc] initWithManagedObjectModel:mom];
    NSDictionary *options = [NSDictionary dictionaryWithObjectsAndKeys:  
    						 [NSNumber numberWithBool:YES], NSMigratePersistentStoresAutomaticallyOption,  
    						 [NSNumber numberWithBool:YES], NSInferMappingModelAutomaticallyOption, nil];
    if (![__persistentStoreCoordinator addPersistentStoreWithType:NSSQLiteStoreType configuration:nil URL:url options:options error:&error]) {
    		// The rest of the code here
    return __persistentStoreCoordinator;

    The highlighted lines are the one to be added. Please notice that row 8 needs to be updated with options:options. I only tried it using NSSQLiteStoreType as persistent store type but it should work fine even with NSXMLStoreType.


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