Why Parse Is Preferable Over CloudKit? [News]

Parse is the perfect cloud to cloud application on any platform while CloudKit framework enables developers to provide API for data transfer from iOS devices to iCloud. Undoubtedly, new CloudKit API is the best to manage application data on iCloud server. This server allows users to enable or disable sync data on iCloud for applications. However, it is possible to control more on data storage and sync process with CloudKit.

Contrary, Parse delivers a mobile app backend solution with no panic of creating tables and storing data. This cloud merely creates an object that holds the data. The same object will be stored on Parse server that reduces requirements of creating tables.

With so many features loaded in both of the software, it becomes difficult to choose the best cloud-based software program. The right software is one that comes loaded with ample storage space, remarkable features and other important things.

Still, many people opt for CloudKit rather than Parse or similar programs. Here question arises why you should prefer Parse over CloudKit. The answer is presented in below outlined features.

The Dashboard


Dashboard page shows your data that already stored. It enables to organize your data in your own ways. You can login to dashboard after setting up an application for iCloud / CloudKit in iOS Developer account. CloudKit Dashboard has a limited features as you just have to do is create and edit data.

What exceptional thing you have in Parse? It doesn’t look like a usual table view. Here, you will find the structure of the model in the section Record Types and it automatically stores data in Default Zones. Moreover, with CloudKit Dashboard, you can check out what included in your Team along with privileges. You can also setup data storage for working in production and development mode.

Server-side logic

Parse has a feature that called CloudCode, an important tool for implementing tasks directly on the server. It also allows connecting some libraries to it.

CloudKit doesn’t have this feature. Apple should create an analogue of CloudCode for developers to write code that runs on the backend.

Background Task

Due to lack of server-side tooling infrastructure, users shouldn’t find Background Task that could be implemented whenever required. That results into losing of data flexibility that process on the server.

Import / Export of Data

Parse allows backup your data in JSON. Thus, it provides security to store data on your local server. Again, CloudKit doesn’t let users do that.



Parse supports data-based analytics that enables to monitor traffic, push-notification activities, the frequency of requests, and so on. It allows tracking crashes complete with metadata and stack trackes. Also, it enables view data on a graphic dashboard. Sadly, you don’t have this feature in CloudKit.


CloudKit works only with OSX devices and iOS while Parse supports various devices like OSX, iOS, Android, Windows and so on.


With Parse, you can develop your own website and can take a domain name on their platform. Here, you can get second level domain name however, you can also set the first-level name. Users can have Project Directory with setting, website content, and support requests. Sorry, you don’t have same thing in CloudKit.


Parse allows using REST API that means you can have many third party libraries for getting and transferring data that work with Parse. Unfortunately, CloudKit doesn’t support REST API.

Social Networks Compatible

When users log in through social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, etc. their data will be stored in Parse’s Users table. In CloudKit, users cannot login through Facebook/Twitter accounts although it has Users table. Interestingly, users can use information if they logged in through iCloud.

What Additional Advantages Parse Has?


Parse is using a native framework for developing an application rapidly. This software provides a Plug and Play facility for all the complex components.

It also allows developers to focus on creating a great user experience without taking panic about complex infrastructure and server maintenance.

When you are integrating Parse SDK into your app, you are able to add data storage, social integration, push notifications, etc.

Moreover, Parse has the capability to store data securely on the cloud.

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Shahid Abbasi

Shahid Abbasi is a marketing consultant with Peerbits & Yelowsoft, a one-stop iOS development company and the home of app enthusiasts. Shahid likes to be busy with his team, to provide top-notch mobility solutions to enterprises and startups. Follow Peerbits on Facebook.


  1. Thanks for sharing this informative blog about cloudkit

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