• Apple has introduced the new framework Contacts. It has replace the function based AddressBook framework. Contacts framework provides object-oriented approach to work with user contact info.

    So here we are going to Fetch contacts from the device but with new Contact framework which came in iOS 9. 


    So follow these simple steps for Fetching contacts.

    1. Import Contact framework in the file

             import Contacts




    2. Then we have to check for authorisation. If user has not allowed then we have get permission from user to fetch the contacts. for checking the authorisation you can use the following method:



          public func askForContactAccess() -> Dictionary {
            var data = Dictionary()
            let authorizationStatus = CNContactStore.authorizationStatusForEntityType(CNEntityType.Contacts)
            switch authorizationStatus {
            case .Authorized:
                // data = fetchContacts()
    			// will fetch the contacts
            case .Denied, .NotDetermined:
                dispatch_async(dispatch_get_main_queue(), { () -> Void in
            return data



    In this method we checking for authorisation status. If it is not been authorised then we are going to show a pop Up to make user allow for contact fetching.

      func displayCantAddContactAlert() {
            let cantAddContactAlert = UIAlertController(title: TextMessages().cannotAddcontactMessage, message: TextMessages().mustGivePermissionMessage, preferredStyle: .Alert)
            cantAddContactAlert.addAction(UIAlertAction(title: TextMessages().changeSettingTitle, style: .Default, handler: { action in self.openSettings()}))
            cantAddContactAlert.addAction(UIAlertAction(title: TextMessages().okAlertTitle, style: .Cancel, handler: nil))
            UIApplication.topViewController()?.presentViewController(cantAddContactAlert, animated: true, completion: nil)
        func openSettings() {
            let url = NSURL(string: UIApplicationOpenSettingsURLString)



    4. Now when user has authorised the app to fetch the contacts. Now we have to fetch all the contacts and have to store them in the array with a key attached to them. Like for saving name we give the key “name” and for phone number we give “number”.

                func fetchContacts() -> Dictionary {
    		let contactsArray = NSMutableArray()
            let requestForContacts = CNContactFetchRequest(keysToFetch: [CNContactIdentifierKey, CNContactFormatter.descriptorForRequiredKeysForStyle(CNContactFormatterStyle.FullName), CNContactPhoneNumbersKey ,CNContactThumbnailImageDataKey])
                try contactStore.enumerateContactsWithFetchRequest(requestForContacts) { (contactStore : CNContact, stop: UnsafeMutablePointer) -> Void in
            catch {}
            if contactsArray.count > 0 {
                let formatter = CNContactFormatter()
                for contactTemp  in contactsArray
                    let contactNew = contactTemp as! CNContact
                    //Contact Name
                    var stringFromContact = formatter.stringFromContact(contactNew)
                    if stringFromContact == nil {
                        stringFromContact = "Unnamed"
                    let stringFromIdentifier = contactNew.identifier
                    var tempArray : NSArray = NSArray()
                    if (contactNew.phoneNumbers).count > 0 {
                        tempArray = ((contactNew.phoneNumbers as? NSArray)?.valueForKey("value").valueForKey("digits")) as! NSArray
                        for i in 0  ..< tempArray.count {
                            let newDict = NSMutableDictionary()
                            let phoneNumber : String = (tempArray.objectAtIndex(i)) as! String
                            if phoneNumber.characters.count > 0 {
                                let resultString : String = (phoneNumber.componentsSeparatedByCharactersInSet(NSCharacterSet.symbolCharacterSet()) as NSArray).componentsJoinedByString("")
                                newDict.setValue(stringFromIdentifier, forKey: "recordID")
                                newDict.setValue(resultString, forKey: "phonenumber")
                                newDict.setValue(stringFromContact, forKey: "name")
                    }else{ // no number saved
            }else {
                print("No Contacts Found")


    here we fetched all the contacts with the help of framework and stored them in the ContactDetails array with a key attached to them. Now we can use this array to show the Contacts in our App.






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