Objective-c – Cocoa Core Data efficient way to count entities


I read much about Core Data.. but what is an efficient way to make a count over an Entity-Type (like SQL can do with SELECT count(1) …). Now I just solved this task with selecting all with NSFetchedResultsController and getting the count of the NSArray! I am sure this is not the best way…

Best Solution

I don't know whether using NSFetchedResultsController is the most efficient way to accomplish your goal (but it may be). The explicit code to get the count of entity instances is below:

// assuming NSManagedObjectContext *moc

NSFetchRequest *request = [[NSFetchRequest alloc] init];
[request setEntity:[NSEntityDescription entityForName:entityName inManagedObjectContext:moc]];

[request setIncludesSubentities:NO]; //Omit subentities. Default is YES (i.e. include subentities)

NSError *err;
NSUInteger count = [moc countForFetchRequest:request error:&err];
if(count == NSNotFound) {
  //Handle error

[request release];