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Make School Notes is almost finished! In this section let's integrate CoreData into our project.

Retrieving Notes

Remember that we want all of the user's notes to be displayed in the ListNotesViewController. When the app is launched, we need to retrieve all the notes from the default CoreData and store them in the notes property of the ListNotesViewController. Now we can call the retrieveNotes() method and store the result directly in the notes property.

Update the viewDidLoad() method in ListNotesTableViewController as follows:

override func viewDidLoad() {
    notes = CoreDataHelper.retrieveNotes()

We're calling the retrieveNotes() method in the ListNotesViewController viewDidLoad() method because we want to update the notes property every time the ListNotesViewController is loaded.

Also, update the unwindToListNotesViewController() method in ListNotesTableViewController as follows:

@IBAction func unwindToListNotesViewController(_ segue: UIStoryboardSegue){
    self.notes = CoreDataHelper.retrieveNotes()

We're calling the retrieveNotes() method in the ListNotesViewController unwindToListNotesViewController() method because we want to update the notes property every time the ListNotesViewController is unwinded from another view controller.

The property observer we added earlier to notes will ensure the table view is always in sync with our data.

Deleting Notes

Remember that when we implemented the ability to delete notes, we did so in the tableView(_:commitEditingStyle:forRowAtIndexPath:) method.

We need to update the above method to delete the note from CoreData as well.

Update the tableView(tableView:commitEditingStyle:forRowAtIndexPath:) method as follows:

override func tableView(_ tableView: UITableView, commit editingStyle: UITableViewCellEditingStyle, forRowAt indexPath: IndexPath) {
    if editingStyle == .delete {
        CoreDataHelper.delete(note: notes[indexPath.row])
        notes = CoreDataHelper.retrieveNotes()
  1. Here we delete the note from CoreData using the helper method we defined earlier. Also like before, we use the indexPath.row to index into notes to delete the correct one.

  2. Here we update the notes property to reflect the changes.

Updating the DisplayNoteViewController

Remember that we both create new notes and modify existing notes in the DisplayNoteViewController. Now that we are using CoreData, we must update our code to add and update notes to CoreData as well.

Update prepare(for:sender:) as follows:

override func prepare(for segue: UIStoryboardSegue, sender: Any?) {
    if segue.identifier == "save" {
        // if note exists, update title and content
        let note = self.note ?? CoreDataHelper.newNote()
        note.title = noteTitleTextField.text ?? ""
        note.content = noteContentTextView.text ?? ""
        note.modificationTime = Date() as NSDate

For the most, the above code is identical to what we had before, except for 2 things:

  1. We update the note object if it exists and save the changed object.
  2. Here we use our CoreData helper to add the newly created note to CoreData, so that it's persisted.

Running the App

Congratulations -- you have just built a fully functioning note taking app! Run it and test it out! You can even try force quitting Make School Notes, then reopening it to see that beautiful persistence. To force quit, press the home button twice (shift+command+h, ⇧⌘H in simulator) and swipe up on Make School Notes. You should see all the notes you saved when it re-opens!

On this page, you should have:

  1. Updated ListNotesViewController's viewDidLoad() to grab all the notes from CoreData.
  2. Added a didSet property listener on the notes property so that it reloads the table view every time the property is updated
  3. Updated ListNotesViewController's tableView(tableView:commitEditingStyle:forRowAtIndexPath:) method to delete the notes from CoreData when they're deleted from the table view.
  4. Updated DisplayNoteViewController's prepare(for:sender:) method to save or update the notes in CoreData, depending on what the user does. Also it now updates the notes property in the ListNotesViewController to make sure it's fully up to date.
  5. Run and tested your fully functioning app!


If you have feedback on this tutorial or find any mistakes, please open issues on the GitHub Repository or comment below.

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