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Cloud Database Basics

Please make sure you know about and have already configured your skygear container before you proceed.

You can follow the steps in Setup Skygear to set it up.

The Record Class

  • Record must have a type.
  • Each Record object is like a dictionary with keys and values; keys will be mapped to database column names, and values will be stored appropriately based on the data type. Please refer to Data Type section for more information.
  • Record will be owned by the currently logged in user.
  • Each Record object has its unique id (combination of record type and uuid used in the database as _id).
  • Record has reserved keys that cannot be used, such as id and _id. Please refer to Reserved Columns section for more.

You can design different Record types to model your app. Just like defining tables in SQL.

const Note = skygear.Record.extend('note');
  //You can use 'Note' to reference the 'note' record type.

const note = new Note({ 'content': 'Hello World' });
  //This creates a new record value 'Hello World' stored under a column called 'content' in the 'note' record type.

const Blog = skygear.Record.extend('blog');
  //You can also define a different record type (e.g. a blog).

Record Database

Please note Skygear database uses PostgreSQL. You can review our tips on the 3 ways you can access the Skygear database.

You will be provided with a private and a public database.

  • Everything in the private database is truly private, regardless of what access control entity you set to the record. In other words, each user has his own private database, and only himself has access to it.
  • Record saved at public database is by default public. Even without logging in, records in the public database can be queried (but not updated). To control the access, you may set different access control to the record.
  • The database objects can be accessed with skygear.publicDB and skygear.privateDB.

Creating a record

You can save a public record to server as the following: Note({
  'content': 'Hello World!'
})).then((record) => {
}, (error) => {

Here we created a new record in 'Note' and under the 'content' column, we added the record value: 'Hello World!'. Your data browser should look similar to the following, but with the 'note' record type instead of the 'test' record type. Web database viewer

Saving multiple records

You can also batch save multiple records at one time.[goodNote1, goodNote2, badNote3, goodNote4, badNote5])
.then((result) => {
  // [goodNote1, goodNote2, undefined, goodNote4, undefined]
  // [undefined, undefined, error3, undefined, error5]
}, (error) => { /* request error */ })

By default, "good" records are still saved while "bad" records are not. Use the atomic option if you don't want partial saves, so either all or none of the records will be saved.[goodNote, badNote], { atomic: true });
// neither of the notes are saved

Reading a record

You can construct a Query object by providing a Record Type. You can config the query by mutating its state. Read the section about Query to learn more.

const query = new skygear.Query(Blog);
query.greaterThan('popular', 10);
query.limit = 10;

skygear.publicDB.query(query).then((records) => {
}, (error) => {

Updating a record

const query = new skygear.Query(Note);
query.equalTo('_id', '<your-note-_id>');

.then((records) => {
  const note = records[0];
  note['content'] = 'Hello New World';
}).then((record) => {
  console.log('update success');
}, (error) => {
  • After saving a record, any attributes modified from the server side will be updated on the saved record object in place.
  • The local transient fields of the records are merged with any remote transient fields applied on the server side.
  • There is a shorter way for updating records, but only use it when you know what you are doing. (Unspecified field or column will not be changed, so in the case below only content field will be changed) Note({
  _id: 'note/<your-note-_id>',
  content: 'Hello New World'

Deleting a record

  id: 'note/<your-note-_id>'
}).then((record) => {
}, (error) => {

You can also delete multiple records at one time.

const query = new skygear.Query(Note);
query.lessThan('rating', 3);

let foundNotes = [];
.then((notes) => {
  console.log(`Found ${notes.length} notes, going to delete them.`);
  foundNotes = notes;
  return skygear.publicDB.delete(notes); // return a Promise object
.then((errors) => {
  errors.forEach((perError, idx) => {
    if (perError) {
      console.error('Fail to delete', foundNotes[idx]);
}, (reqError) => {
  console.error('Request error', reqError);

Reserved Columns

There are quite a few reserved columns for storing records into the database. The column names are written as snake_case while the JS object attributes are mapped with camelCase. Please notice this one-to-one mapping. When you want to query on reserved columns, make sure to use snake_case; when you get records back as a JS object, make sure to access attributes with camelCase. When creating and saving records, please avoid using attribute that is the same as any one of the camelCase attribute names listed below.

Column Name Object Attribute Description
_created_at createdAt date object of when record is created
_updated_at updatedAt date object of when record is updated last time
_created_by createdBy user id of record creator
_updated_by updatedBy user id of last record updater
_owner_id ownerID user id of owner
N/A id record type and record id
_id _id record id

One quick example:

skygear.publicDB.query(new skygear.Query(Note))
  .then((records) => console.log(records[0]));
/* Type: RecordCls */ {
  createdAt: new Date("Thu Jul 07 2016 12:12:42 GMT+0800 (CST)"),
  updatedAt: new Date("Thu Jul 07 2016 12:42:17 GMT+0800 (CST)"),
  createdBy: "118e0217-ffda-49b4-8564-c6c9573259bb",
  updatedBy: "118e0217-ffda-49b4-8564-c6c9573259bb",
  ownerID: "118e0217-ffda-49b4-8564-c6c9573259bb",
  id: "note/3b9f8f98-f993-4e1d-81c3-a451e483306b",
  _id: "3b9f8f98-f993-4e1d-81c3-a451e483306b",
  recordType: "note",

Query on reserved columns example:

let query = new skygear.Query(Note);
// '_owner' is an alias for '_owner_id'

Check the server database schema page for more.