Instance Method


Removes the local copy of the specified item that’s stored in iCloud.


- (BOOL)evictUbiquitousItemAtURL:(NSURL *)url error:(NSError * _Nullable *)error;



The URL to a file or directory in iCloud storage.


On input, a pointer to variable for an NSError object. If an error occurs, this pointer is set to an NSError object containing information about the error. You may specify nil to ignore the error information.

Return Value

YES if the local item was removed successfully or NO if it was not. If NO is returned and error is not nil, an NSError object describing the error is returned in that parameter.


Don’t use a coordinated write to perform this operation. In macOS 10.7 or earlier, the framework takes a coordinated write in its implementation of this method, so taking one in your app causes a deadlock. In macOS 10.8 and later, the framework detects coordination done by your app on the same thread as the call to this method, to avoid deadlocking.

This method doesn’t remove the item from iCloud. It removes only the local version. You can then use startDownloadingUbiquitousItemAtURL:error: to force iCloud to download a new version of the file or directory from the server.

To delete a file permanently from the user’s iCloud storage, use the regular NSFileManager routines for deleting files and directories. Remember that deleting items from iCloud can’t be undone. Once deleted, the item is gone forever.

See Also

Managing iCloud-Based Items


An opaque token that represents the current user’s iCloud Drive Documents identity.

- URLForUbiquityContainerIdentifier:

Returns the URL for the iCloud container associated with the specified identifier and establishes access to that container.

- isUbiquitousItemAtURL:

Returns a Boolean indicating whether the item is targeted for storage in iCloud.

- setUbiquitous:itemAtURL:destinationURL:error:

Indicates whether the item at the specified URL should be stored in iCloud.

- startDownloadingUbiquitousItemAtURL:error:

Starts downloading (if necessary) the specified item to the local system.

- URLForPublishingUbiquitousItemAtURL:expirationDate:error:

Returns a URL that can be emailed to users to allow them to download a copy of a flat file item from iCloud.