Instance Method


Saves one or more subscriptions to record changes.


Promise<CloudKit.SubscriptionsResponse, CloudKit.CKError> saveSubscriptions(CloudKit.Subscription|CloudKit.Subscription[] subscriptions);



Possible values are:




A subscription in the database to save.


An array of subscriptions to save.

Return Value

A Promise object that resolves to a CloudKit.SubscriptionsResponse object if the operation succeeds; otherwise, a CloudKit.CKError object.


Instead of fetching records, you can subscribe to changes, and let the server run the query in the background. You subscribe to changes by creating a subscription, represented by a CloudKit.Subscription dictionary, and saving it to a database. Then you register for push notifications and handle them when they arrive.

Subscribing to Zone Changes

To subscribe to all changes in a zone, set the CloudKit.Subscription dictionary’s subscriptionType key to zone and set the zoneID key to the name of the zone you want to observe.

var zoneSubscription = {
    subscriptionType: 'zone',
    subscriptionID: 'changedArtwork',
    zoneID: { zoneName: 'publicArtwork' }

Save the subscription using the saveSubscriptions method.

database.saveSubscriptions(zoneSubscription).then(function(response) {
    if (response.hasErrors) {
        // Insert error handling
        throw response.errors[0];
    } else {
        // Successfully saved subscription

To get the saved subscription, use the subscriptions property in the CloudKit.SubscriptionsResponse class.

Subscribing to Record Changes Using a Query

Create a query subscription object (a CloudKit.Subscription dictionary with the subscriptionType key set to query) specifying the record type, matching criteria, and types of changes you want to be notified about. Then save the query subscription object to the database.

For example, subscribe to receive new artwork from an artist where the artist field in the Artwork record type is a Reference type. First create a reference to the Artist record to use in the query.

var artistReference = {
    action: 'NONE',
    recordName: 'Mei Chen'

Create a query subscription object specifying Artwork records whose artist field matches the Reference object. Use the firesOn key to specify the types of operations that fire this subscription.

var querySubscription = {
    subscriptionType: 'query',
    firesOn: ['create', 'update', 'delete'],
    query: {
        recordType: 'Artwork',
        filterBy: [{
           fieldName: 'artist',
           comparator: 'EQUALS',
           fieldValue: { value: artistReference }

Save the subscription using the saveSubscriptions method and get the saved subscription using the subscriptions property in the CloudKit.SubscriptionsResponse class.

database.saveSubscriptions(querySubscription).then(function(response) {
    if (response.hasErrors) {
        // Insert error handling
        throw response.errors[0];
    } else {
        // Successfully saved subscription

Handling Subscription Push Notifications

Add a notification listener to the app’s container using the addNotificationListener method in the CloudKit.Container class and implement the listener to handle the push notifications.

myContainer.addNotificationListener(function(notification) {

For details on the CloudKit.Notification object passed to the listener, read CloudKit.Notification.

Registering for Subscription Push Notifications

Saving subscriptions to the database doesn’t automatically configure your web app to receive notifications when a subscription fires. CloudKit uses the Apple Push Notification service (APNs) to send notifications, so your web app needs to register for push notifications to receive them.

To receive push notifications when a subscription fires, use the registerForNotifications method in the CloudKit.Container class.

var myContainer = CloudKit.getDefaultContainer();

See Also

Subscribing to Changes


Fetches one or more subscriptions.


Fetches all subscriptions in the schema.


Deletes one or more subscriptions.