ObjectId is the primary form of identification in MongoDB. ObjectId is a 12 bytes long identifier consisting of non- pseudo- and fully random components.

ObjectId contains metadata about the creation date in UNIX epoch time, the machine identifer and process ID that created it as well as a random number that’s incremented.

ObjectId is often represented as a 24-character hexadecimal string which is useful in places like an URL

I.E. https://example.com/users/1234567890abcdef12345678/profile

MongoKitten ObjectId values are easily generated using an empty initializer: ObjectId().

Alternatively they’re initializable using a hexadecimal String representation like "1234567890abcdef12345678".

let hexString = "1234567890abcdef12345678"
let objectId = try ObjectId(hexString)

In some cases you might want to know the ObjectIds creation date. You can fetch a Foundation.Date from the ObjectId using let objectIdCreationDate = myObjectId.epoch

Last but not least, ObjectIds are hashable, so they’re usable for a key in a Dictionary.

let dictionary: [ObjectId: Document] = [
  ObjectId(): ...,
  ObjectId(): ...

In the case of MongoKitten/MongoDB this may be useful when you’re creating a cache for information from the database. Instead of re-fetching this data from the database you can identify the data using the ObjectId identifier easily.

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