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Top 20 Database and Data Management SDKs Used in iOS Apps on the Apple App Store
Last update: 1 Mar 2024 CET
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Top 20 Database and Data Management SDKs Used in iOS Apps on the Apple App Store

We at 42matters have identified the 20 most popular Database and Data Management SDKs leveraged by iOS apps available on the iOS app market.

Data Management SDKs enable developers building mobile apps that require data processing, storage, or analysis to implement features such as data processing, data storage, data retrieval, data analysis, use of local or remote databases, and other such capabilities in their apps.

This list is based on our analysis of the millions of mobile applications – and the 2,300+ SDKs they use – that constitute the vast inventory of the Apple App Store. The accompanying data provides readers with a glimpse into the rich mobile application insights generated by the 42matters technology. This data is also available via our APIs, file dumps, Explorer, and SDK Explorer.

The intended purpose of this article is to assist app builders in their search for the perfect Database and Data Management SDK to leverage in their app, as well as to give SDK developers insight into their biggest competitors and potential customers. This data collected by our technology may also serve as a useful tool for folks researching the wider mobile app market.

Among all apps utilizing database and data management SDKs, 35.92% have integrated FMDB. This accounts for 40.56% of app downloads within the database and data management SDK category.

FMDB is an Objective-C wrapper SDK built around SQLite.

Total Apps
200.38k
App Store
App Share
35.92%
App Store
Apps
197.51k
Games
2.86k
Total Downloads
58.66b
App Store
Download Share
40.56%
App Store
App Downloads
55.24b
Game Downloads
3.42b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use FMDB.

Among all apps utilizing database and data management SDKs, 26.84% have integrated ZipArchive. This accounts for 37.27% of app downloads within the database and data management SDK category.

ZipArchive is a simple utility class SDK for zipping and unzipping files on iOS, macOS, and tvOS.

Total Apps
149.75k
App Store
App Share
26.84%
App Store
Apps
147.40k
Games
2.36k
Total Downloads
53.90b
App Store
Download Share
37.27%
App Store
App Downloads
50.16b
Game Downloads
3.73b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use ZipArchive.

Among all apps utilizing database and data management SDKs, 14.60% have integrated Swifty. This accounts for 11.60% of app downloads within the database and data management SDK category.

The Swifty SDK offers a better way to deal with JSON data in Swift.

Total Apps
81.45k
App Store
App Share
14.60%
App Store
Apps
80.72k
Games
736
Total Downloads
16.77b
App Store
Download Share
11.60%
App Store
App Downloads
16.38b
Game Downloads
398.24m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Swifty.

Among all apps utilizing database and data management SDKs, 11.77% have integrated Google Tag Manager. This accounts for 9.13% of app downloads within the database and data management SDK category.

Google Tag Manager is an SDK that helps you manage all your website tags without editing code. Google Tag Manager delivers simple, reliable, easily integrated tag management solutions — for free.

Total Apps
65.69k
App Store
App Share
11.77%
App Store
Apps
60.31k
Games
5.38k
Total Downloads
13.21b
App Store
Download Share
9.13%
App Store
App Downloads
12.38b
Game Downloads
827.29m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Google Tag Manager.

Among all apps utilizing database and data management SDKs, 10.00% have integrated JWT. This accounts for 3.08% of app downloads within the database and data management SDK category.

JWT is an SDK that offers a JSON Web token implementation in Objective-C.

Total Apps
55.77k
App Store
App Share
10.00%
App Store
Apps
55.54k
Games
235
Total Downloads
4.45b
App Store
Download Share
3.08%
App Store
App Downloads
4.36b
Game Downloads
83.75m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use JWT.

Among all apps utilizing database and data management SDKs, 9.59% have integrated Realm by MongoDB. This accounts for 14.75% of app downloads within the database and data management SDK category.

Realm is a mobile platform SDK and a replacement for SQLite and Core Data. It enables developers to build offline-first, reactive mobile experiences using simple data sync.

Total Apps
53.53k
App Store
App Share
9.59%
App Store
Apps
53.01k
Games
519
Total Downloads
21.34b
App Store
Download Share
14.75%
App Store
App Downloads
21.12b
Game Downloads
220.17m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Realm by MongoDB.

Among all apps utilizing database and data management SDKs, 5.94% have integrated ObjectMapper. This accounts for 5.97% of app downloads within the database and data management SDK category.

ObjectMapper is a framework written in Swift that makes it easy for you to convert your model objects (classes and structs) to and from JSON.

Total Apps
33.12k
App Store
App Share
5.94%
App Store
Apps
32.93k
Games
186
Total Downloads
8.64b
App Store
Download Share
5.97%
App Store
App Downloads
8.59b
Game Downloads
41.95m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use ObjectMapper.

Among all apps utilizing database and data management SDKs, 4.97% have integrated KeychainAccess. This accounts for 9.07% of app downloads within the database and data management SDK category.

KeychainAccess is a simple Swift wrapper SDK for Keychain that works on iOS and OS X.

Total Apps
27.73k
App Store
App Share
4.97%
App Store
Apps
27.56k
Games
168
Total Downloads
13.12b
App Store
Download Share
9.07%
App Store
App Downloads
12.81b
Game Downloads
311.42m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use KeychainAccess.

Among all apps utilizing database and data management SDKs, 4.18% have integrated JSONModel. This accounts for 13.59% of app downloads within the database and data management SDK category.

The JSONModel SDK enables the rapid creation of smart data models. You can use it in your iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS apps. Automatic introspection of your model classes and JSON input drastically reduces the amount of code you have to write.

Total Apps
23.34k
App Store
App Share
4.18%
App Store
Apps
22.12k
Games
1.22k
Total Downloads
19.65b
App Store
Download Share
13.59%
App Store
App Downloads
17.51b
Game Downloads
2.14b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use JSONModel.

Among all apps utilizing database and data management SDKs, 2.79% have integrated MJExtension. This accounts for 3.63% of app downloads within the database and data management SDK category.

The MJExtension SDK is a fast, convenient, and nonintrusive conversion framework between JSON and model.

Total Apps
15.54k
App Store
App Share
2.79%
App Store
Apps
15.30k
Games
237
Total Downloads
5.25b
App Store
Download Share
3.63%
App Store
App Downloads
4.55b
Game Downloads
703.89m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use MJExtension.

Among all apps utilizing database and data management SDKs, 2.61% have integrated PINCache. This accounts for 7.37% of app downloads within the database and data management SDK category.

PINCache is an SDK that offers a fast, non-deadlocking parallel object cache for iOS, tvOS, and OS X.

Total Apps
14.57k
App Store
App Share
2.61%
App Store
Apps
14.53k
Games
48
Total Downloads
10.66b
App Store
Download Share
7.37%
App Store
App Downloads
10.43b
Game Downloads
233.11m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use PINCache.

Among all apps utilizing database and data management SDKs, 1.99% have integrated MagicalRecord. This accounts for 2.83% of app downloads within the database and data management SDK category.

The MagicalRecord SDK cleans up core data related code, allows simple one-line fetches, and modifies NSFetchRequest when request optimizations are needed.

Total Apps
11.12k
App Store
App Share
1.99%
App Store
Apps
11.00k
Games
125
Total Downloads
4.09b
App Store
Download Share
2.83%
App Store
App Downloads
3.96b
Game Downloads
124.96m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use MagicalRecord.

Among all apps utilizing database and data management SDKs, 1.79% have integrated SBJson. This accounts for 1.42% of app downloads within the database and data management SDK category.

SBJson (aka json-framework). JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) is a light-weight data interchange format that's easy to read and write for humans and computers alike. This library implements strict JSON parsing and generation in Objective-C.

Total Apps
9.96k
App Store
App Share
1.79%
App Store
Apps
8.88k
Games
1.08k
Total Downloads
2.05b
App Store
Download Share
1.42%
App Store
App Downloads
1.63b
Game Downloads
424.85m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use SBJson.

Among all apps utilizing database and data management SDKs, 1.52% have integrated KVOController. This accounts for 12.32% of app downloads within the database and data management SDK category.

Key-value observing is a particularly useful technique for communicating between layers in a Model-View-Controller application. The KVOController SDK builds on Cocoa's time-tested key-value observing implementation. It offers a simple, modern API, that is also thread safe.

Total Apps
8.45k
App Store
App Share
1.52%
App Store
Apps
7.91k
Games
540
Total Downloads
17.82b
App Store
Download Share
12.32%
App Store
App Downloads
16.38b
Game Downloads
1.44b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use KVOController.

Among all apps utilizing database and data management SDKs, 1.37% have integrated Qiniu. This accounts for 4.00% of app downloads within the database and data management SDK category.

Qiniu Cloud operates as a cloud storage software developer and solutions provider.

Total Apps
7.65k
App Store
App Share
1.37%
App Store
Apps
7.54k
Games
103
Total Downloads
5.78b
App Store
Download Share
4.00%
App Store
App Downloads
5.22b
Game Downloads
559.57m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Qiniu.

Among all apps utilizing database and data management SDKs, <1% have integrated Apollo GraphQL. This accounts for 4.11% of app downloads within the database and data management SDK category.

Total Apps
4.42k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
4.42k
Games
8
Total Downloads
5.95b
App Store
Download Share
4.11%
App Store
App Downloads
5.93b
Game Downloads
13.19m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Apollo GraphQL.

Among all apps utilizing database and data management SDKs, <1% have integrated Amazon AWS Kinesis. This accounts for 2.75% of app downloads within the database and data management SDK category.

Total Apps
3.73k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
3.35k
Games
377
Total Downloads
3.97b
App Store
Download Share
2.75%
App Store
App Downloads
2.21b
Game Downloads
1.77b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Amazon AWS Kinesis.

Among all apps utilizing database and data management SDKs, <1% have integrated SWXMLHash. This accounts for 1.38% of app downloads within the database and data management SDK category.

SWXMLHash is an SDK that offers a relatively simple way to parse XML in Swift.

Total Apps
3.67k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
3.65k
Games
20
Total Downloads
2.00b
App Store
Download Share
1.38%
App Store
App Downloads
1.99b
Game Downloads
3.40m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use SWXMLHash.

Among all apps utilizing database and data management SDKs, <1% have integrated Dropbox. This accounts for 1.33% of app downloads within the database and data management SDK category.

Dropbox is a modern workspace SDK designed to reduce busywork, so you can focus on the things that matter. Sign in and put your creative energy to work.

Total Apps
3.42k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
3.41k
Games
9
Total Downloads
1.92b
App Store
Download Share
1.33%
App Store
App Downloads
1.83b
Game Downloads
93.08m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Dropbox.

Among all apps utilizing database and data management SDKs, <1% have integrated GRDB. This accounts for 1.96% of app downloads within the database and data management SDK category.

GRDB is an SDK that offers a toolkit for SQLite databases, with a focus on application development.

Total Apps
3.18k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
3.13k
Games
52
Total Downloads
2.84b
App Store
Download Share
1.96%
App Store
App Downloads
2.62b
Game Downloads
220.20m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use GRDB.

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