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How to limit the number of items in a fetch request

Paul Hudson    @twostraws   

Updated for Xcode 12.5

SwiftUI’s @FetchRequest property wrapper is great for making simple requests for objects, providing both sorting and filtering. But if you want to adjust the number of items you get back – perhaps to say “show me the first 10 items in my results” – then you need to do a little more work yourself.

First, create your @FetchRequest property without an initial value. For example, if we wanted to work with a “ProgrammingLanguage” entity we might use this:

@FetchRequest var languages: FetchedResults<ProgrammingLanguage>

And now create a custom initializer for your view that uses NSFetchRequest to build the exact request you want. Once you’re ready, you can put that into a regular FetchRequest and assign it directly to your property.

For example, if we wanted to read the first 10 programming languages without any sorting or filtering, we would use this:

init() {
    let request: NSFetchRequest<ProgrammingLanguage> = ProgrammingLanguage.fetchRequest()
    request.fetchLimit = 10

    _languages = FetchRequest(fetchRequest: request)

Or if we wanted to have filtering, sorting, and row limiting we can do that too:

init() {
    let request: NSFetchRequest<ProgrammingLanguage> = ProgrammingLanguage.fetchRequest()
    request.predicate = NSPredicate(format: "active = true")

    request.sortDescriptors = [
        NSSortDescriptor(keyPath: \, ascending: true)

    request.fetchLimit = 10
    _languages = FetchRequest(fetchRequest: request)
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