URLForUbiquityContainerIdentifier returns nil even if configured correctly

I am having the problem, that URLForUbiquityContainerIdentifier is returning nil in some cases even if the user has set up everything correctly in the settings. My code:

dispatch_async(someQueue, ^{

    if (![[NSFileManager defaultManager] URLForUbiquityContainerIdentifier:nil]) {
        ErrLog(@"iCloud container not available.");

    dispatch_async(dispatch_get_main_queue(), ^{


Does anybody came across the same problem? I am setting nil as the container identifier which should work according to the Apple docs, but I am not so convinced anymore about that. Also this code works fine for the majority of users, but somehow not for everybody.

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  • 7 Solutions Collect From Internet About “URLForUbiquityContainerIdentifier returns nil even if configured correctly”

    Check that you have enabled iCloud containers in your entitlement. The containers are not added by default when you enable entitlements. Click the “+” sign in Target/Summary/Entitlements to add your appId.

    iPad mini with iOS7. I just have experienced that URLForUbiquityContainerIdentifier suddenly started to return nil. I tried restarting the device, but it didn’t help.

    Inside the Settings app, under the ‘iCloud’ menu. I noticed that ‘Documents & Data’ was set to Off.

    Solution was to change ‘Documents & Data’ to ‘On’.

    If anyone is having the same problem using the iOS8 Betas, there seems to be a bug with the way the Entitlements are generated in Xcode 6. I was banging my head against this for days until coming across this post in the Apple Developer Forums: https://devforums.apple.com/thread/229509?

    Essentially, Xcode generates a key named com.apple.developer.icloud-container-identifiers when it should be com.apple.developer.ubiquity-container-identifiers (ubiquity, not icloud). It may also have the value set as iCloud.$(CFBundleIdentifier) when it should be $(TeamIdentifierPrefix).$(CFBundleIdentifier).

    Of course this may get fixed in the next Beta but for anyone as confused as me I hope this helps.

    I’d look at your entitlement.plist on one app I needed to change $(TEAMID) to profile id
    the numbers and letter before the dns in the profile – here is some code that will work with UIManagedDocument

    /// test iCloud Access
    - (void)initializeiCloudAccess {
        dispatch_async(dispatch_get_global_queue(DISPATCH_QUEUE_PRIORITY_DEFAULT, 0), ^{
            if ([[NSFileManager defaultManager]
                 URLForUbiquityContainerIdentifier:nil] != nil)
                NSLog(@"iCloud is available\n");
                NSLog(@"This Application requires iCloud, but it is not available.\n");
    - (NSURL *)iCloudURL
        return [[NSFileManager defaultManager] URLForUbiquityContainerIdentifier:nil];
    - (NSURL *)iCloudDocumentsURL
        return [[self iCloudURL] URLByAppendingPathComponent:@"Documents"];
    - (NSURL *)iCloudCoreDataLogFilesURL
        return [[self iCloudURL] URLByAppendingPathComponent:@"CoreDataLogs"];

    URLForUbiquityContainerIdentifier alway return nil

    NSURL *ubiquityURL = [fileManager URLForUbiquityContainerIdentifier:nil]; if (ubiquityURL == nil)
    • app build by xcode4.5
    • app is enable icloud
    • ios is loginned icloud account

    ubiquityURL is normal in debug, but ubiquityURL is always nil after distribution to appstore.

    Today I experienced this problem again.

    This time it was because I had an invalid provisioning profile.

    Invalid provisioning profile

    On the developer site, I had to generate a new provisioning profile. Afterward reload the provisioning profiles within Xcode5. Now URLForUbiquityContainerIdentifier again returns valid urls.

    If you still having issue o make sure you are running on a device as simulator wont always return a valid value .
    I tried you code on my app and Im not getting nil