A static byte buffer in memory.
- iOS 2.0+
- macOS 10.0+
- Mac Catalyst 13.0+Beta
- tvOS 9.0+
- watchOS 2.0+
NSData and its mutable subclass
NSMutable provide data objects, or object-oriented wrappers for byte buffers. Data objects let simple allocated buffers (that is, data with no embedded pointers) take on the behavior of Foundation objects.
The size of the data is subject to a theoretical limit of about 8 exabytes (1 EB = 10¹⁸ bytes; in practice, the limit should not be a factor).
Writing Data Atomically
NSData provides methods for atomically saving their contents to a file, which guarantee that the data is either saved in its entirety, or it fails completely. An atomic write first writes the data to a temporary file and then, only if this write succeeds, moves the temporary file to its final location.
Although atomic write operations minimize the risk of data loss due to corrupt or partially written files, they may not be appropriate when writing to a temporary directory, the user’s home directory or other publicly accessible directories. When you work with a publicly accessible file, treat that file as an untrusted and potentially dangerous resource. An attacker may compromise or corrupt these files. The attacker can also replace the files with hard or symbolic links, causing your write operations to overwrite or corrupt other system resources.
Avoid using the
write method (and the related methods) when working inside a publicly accessible directory. Instead, use
NSFile with an existing file descriptor to securely write the file.