Kovu Kovu - 4 months ago 17x
iOS Question

iOS: How to store username/password within an app?

I have a login-screen in my iOS app.
The username and password will be saved in the NSUserDefaults and be loaded into the login-screen again when you enter the app again (of course, NSUserDefaults are permanent).

Now, the user have the possibility to disable the username/password saving feature.

So the NSUserDefaults will be cleared then.

But In my app I need this username/password for database queries for the user.
So: Where to store the data except NSUserDefaults?
(This place can / should be deleted when the user quit the app or logout).


You should always use Keychain to store usernames and passwords, and since it's stored securely and only accessible to your app, there is no need to delete it when app quits (if that was your concern).

Apple provides sample code that stores, reads and deletes keychain items and here is how to use the keychain wrapper class from that sample which greatly simplifies using Keychain.

Include Security.framework (in Xcode 3 right-click on frameworks folder and add existing framework. In Xcode 4 select your project, then select target, go to Build Phases tab and click + under Link Binary With Files) and KeychainItemWrapper .h & .m files into your project, #import the .h file wherever you need to use keychain and then create an instance of this class:

KeychainItemWrapper *keychainItem = [[KeychainItemWrapper alloc] initWithIdentifier:@"YourAppLogin" accessGroup:nil];

(YourAppLogin can be anything you chose to call your Keychain item and you can have multiple items if required)

Then you can set the username and password using:

[keychainItem setObject:@"password you are saving" forKey:kSecValueData];
[keychainItem setObject:@"username you are saving" forKey:kSecAttrAccount];

Get them using:

NSString *password = [keychainItem objectForKey:kSecValueData];
NSString *username = [keychainItem objectForKey:kSecAttrAccount];

Or delete them using:

[keychainItem resetKeychainItem];