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Accounts Framework Reference


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The Accounts framework provides access to user accounts stored in the Accounts database. An account stores the login credentials of a particular service, such as Twitter, that can be used as authentication for the service. By implementing the Accounts framework into your app, you do not need to be responsible for storing account logins yourself. Instead, the user can grant access for your app to use their account login credentials, bypassing the need to type their username and password. If no account for a particular service exists in the user’s Accounts database, you can let them create and save an account from within your app.



NSObject is the root class of most Objective-C class hierarchies.


An ACAccount object encapsulates information about a user account stored in the Accounts database.


An ACAccountCredential object encapsulates the information needed to authenticate a user.


The ACAccountStore class provides an interface for accessing, manipulating, and storing accounts.


An ACAccountType object encapsulates information about all accounts of a particular type.

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Accounts Constants Reference