Creates a named index stored in a CFMutableDataRef object.


SKIndexRef SKIndexCreateWithMutableData(CFMutableDataRef inData, CFStringRef inIndexName, SKIndexType inIndexType, CFDictionaryRef inAnalysisProperties);



An empty CFMutableDataRef object to contain the index being created.


The name of the index. If you call this function with inIndexName set to NULL, Search Kit assigns the index the default index name IADefaultIndex. If you then attempt to create a second index in the same file without assigning a name, no second index is created and this function returns NULL. Search Kit does not support retrieving index names from an index.


The index type. See SKIndexType.


The text analysis properties dictionary, which optionally sets the minimum term length, stopwords, term substitutions, maximum unique terms to index, and proximity support (for phrase-based searches) when creating the index. See Text Analysis Keys. The inAnalysisProperties parameter can be NULL, in which case Search Kit applies the default dictionary, which is NULL.

Return Value

The newly created index.


SKIndexCreateWithMutableData creates an index in memory as a CFMutableDataRef object. Search Kit indexes are initially empty. A memory-based index is useful for quick searching and when your application doesn’t need persistent storage. To create a disk-based, persistent index, use the SKIndexCreateWithURL function.

Search Kit is thread-safe. You can use separate indexing and searching threads. Your application is responsible for ensuring that no more than one process is open at a time for writing to an index.

This function retains the data object you provide in the inData parameter.

When your application no longer needs the index, dispose of it by calling SKIndexClose.

Special Considerations

You cannot use CFMakeCollectable with SKIndexRef objects.

See Also

Creating, Opening, and Closing Indexes


Creates a named index in a file whose location is specified with a CFURL object.


Opens an existing, named index for searching only.


Opens an existing, named index for searching and updating.


Opens an existing, named index stored in a file whose location is specified with a CFURL object.


Closes an index.


Gets the category of an index.


Gets the type identifier for Search Kit indexes.