Instance Method


Autosaves the document’s contents to an appropriate file-system location, as needed.


- (void)autosaveWithImplicitCancellability:(BOOL)autosavingIsImplicitlyCancellable completionHandler:(void (^)(NSError *errorOrNil))completionHandler;



The value in the autosavingIsImplicitlyCancellable property while autosaving is happening.


The completion handler block object passed in to be invoked at some point in the future, perhaps after the method invocation has returned. The completion handler must be invoked on the main thread.

The block takes one argument:


If successful, pass a nil error. If not successful, pass an NSError object that encapsulates the reason why the document could not be autosaved.


The default implementation of this method does the following:

  1. Checks the value of the hasUnautosavedChanges property.

  2. If the value of that property is NO, the method runs the completion handler with a nil error and returns immediately.

    If the value is YES, calls autosavesInPlace on the class to determine where the autosaved document contents should go.

    The method also gets the value in fileURL to ensure that the file has an actual URL, because it is not possible to autosave in place if the document does not yet have a permanent location.

  3. Checks the value in the autosavingFileType property to determine the file type for the autosaved file.

  4. Calls saveToURL:ofType:forSaveOperation:completionHandler:.

    The value of the saveToURL parameter is the location where the file should be saved. If the file has a URL and the class specifies that autosave should occur in place, this is the URL of the file. Otherwise, this is the location of a nonexistent file in the specified autosave location.

    The value for the ofType parameter is determined by a call to autosavingFileType.

    The value of the forSaveOperation parameter is NSAutosaveInPlaceOperation if the class is configured to autosave in place and the file has a URL. Otherwise, the value is NSAutosaveElsewhereOperation.

See Also

Autosaving the Document

- checkAutosavingSafetyAndReturnError:

Returns a Boolean value that indicates whether it is safe to autosave document changes.


A Boolean value that indicates whether the document has changes that have not been autosaved.

- scheduleAutosaving

Schedules periodic autosaving for the purpose of crash protection.

- autosaveDocumentWithDelegate:didAutosaveSelector:contextInfo:

Autosaves the document’s contents to an appropriate location in the file system.


The URL for the document’s backup file that was created during an autosave operation.