Start your iOS project from an App Template - ObjC


In this section you learn how to get started with an Xcode template and get ready to use Back4App in 3 easy steps.


To complete this quickstart, you need:

  • Xcode.
  • An app created at Back4App.

Step 1 - Get the template

Download the template at
Back4App’s GitHub repository, and unzip files in your project folder.

You can do that using the following command line:

  $ curl -LOk && unzip

Step 2 - Open the project template

  1. Open Xcode.
  2. Click on File->Open.

    Xcode Welcome Screen

  3. Navigate to the project folder and double click on QuickStartObjcExampleApp.xcworkspace.

    Xcode Opening file

  4. Wait for Xcode to open the project.

Step 3 - Setup app’s credentials

Update your App Delegate’s Parse Client Configuration values to set up the app’s credentials. Parse iOS SDK uses these settings to connect to the Back4App servers.

  1. Open your App Delegate file: .../QuickStartObjcExampleApp/AppDelegate.m

    AppDelegate.swift File

  2. Go to your App Dashboard at Back4App website.
  3. Navigate to app’s settings: Click on Features > Core Settings block > Server.
  4. Return to your AppDelegate.swift file and paste your applicationId and clientKey.

See more at our New Parse App guide.

Step 4 - Test your connection

  1. Build your app in a device or simulator (Command+R).

    Build app

  2. Wait until the Hello World! screen appears.
  3. Login at Back4App Website.
  4. Find your app and click on Dashboard.
  5. Click on Core.
  6. Go to Browser.

If everything works properly, you should find a class named Installation as follows:

Installation at Back4App Dashboard

Next Steps

At this point, you have learned how to get started with iOS apps.

Learn more by walking around our iOS Tutorials or check Parse open source documentation for iOS SDK.