Open and Close a Realm

To open a synced realm, call the GetInstanceAsync() method, passing in a SyncConfiguration object that includes the partition name and the user. The following code demonstrates this:

config = new SyncConfiguration("myPart", user);
var realm = await Realm.GetInstanceAsync(config);

In the above example, the code shows how to open the realm asynchronously by calling GetInstanceAsync(). You can also open a realm synchronously by calling the GetInstance() method, which is necessary if the device is offline.

var synchronousRealm = Realm.GetInstance(config);
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The first time a user logs on to your realm app, you should open the realm asynchronously to sync data from the server to the device. After that initial connection, you can open a realm synchronously to ensure the app works in an offline state.

When opening a local (non-synced) realm, pass a RealmConfiguration object to either GetInstanceAsync() or GetInstance(). The following example creates a RealmConfiguration object with a local file path, sets the IsReadOnly property to true, and then opens a local realm with that configuration information:

var config = new RealmConfiguration(pathToDb + "/my.realm")
IsReadOnly = true,
var localRealm = Realm.GetInstance(config);

The Realm instance implements IDisposable to ensure native resources are freed up. You should dispose of a realm object immediately after use, especially on background threads. The simplest way to do this is by declaring the realm object with a using statement, or wrapping the code that interacts with a realm in a using (...) statement:

config = new SyncConfiguration("myPart", user);
using (var realm = await Realm.GetInstanceAsync(config)) {
var allTasks = realm.All<Task>();

If you require a realm object to be shared outside of a single method, be sure to manage its state by calling the Dispose() method:

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As a general rule, you should dispose of the realm only on background threads, because disposing of a realm invalidates all objects associated with that instance. If you are data binding the realm objects on the main thread, for example, you should not call Dispose().

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