Skygear supports almost all of the builtin JavaScript types, such as:

  • String
  • Number
  • Boolean
  • Array
  • Object
  • Date

There are also four other types provided by Skygear JS SDK:

  • Reference
  • Sequence
  • Location
  • Asset

Record Relations

What Skygear provides

Skygear supports parent-child relation between records via reference. skygear.Reference is a pointer class, which will translate to foreign key in skygear server database for efficient query.

You can even reference a user from a record. To learn more about user object or how to retrieve user objects, you can read the User Authentication Basics. Notice that we are not using the new keyword creating reference. Assume you have the user record object rick.

const note = new Note({
  heading: 'Working Draft',
  content: 'People involved please fill in',
const author = new skygear.Reference(rick);
note.author = author;

You can build up reference between records.

const note1 = new Note({
  heading: 'Specification',
  content: 'This is first section',
const note2 = new Note({
  heading: 'Specification page 2',
  content: 'This is second section',
note1.nextPage = new skygear.Reference(note2);
skygear.publicDB.save([note2, note1]);
  • Ordering of objects in batch save array matters if there are reference relationship between records. In the above case, if you perform batch save on [note1, note2], there will be an error saving note1, but note2 will still be saved!
  • If you wish to retrieve note1 and note2 at the same time in one query, you might use transientInclude. Read the Queries section to learn more about eager loading.

Deleting Referenced Record

Yet to be implemented. For now, you have to delete the referencing record first and then the referenced record.

Auto-Incrementing Sequence Fields

Skygear reserves the id field in the top level of all record as a primary key. id must be unique and default to be Version 4 UUID. If you want to auto-incrementing id for display purpose, Skygear provide a sequence for this purpose. The sequence is guaranteed unique. Once a record with sequence id is saved, all the other records will automatically have sequence ids as well.

const note = new Note({
  content: 'Hello World'
note.noteID = new skygear.Sequence();

skygear.publicDB.save(note).then((note) => {
}, (error) => {
  • You can omit the noteID on update, the value will remain unchanged.
  • All the other Note in the database will now automatically have their noteID as well.
  • You can migrate any integer to auto-incrementing sequence.
  • Our JIT schema at development will migrate the DB schema to sequence. All noteID at Note will be a sequence type once migrated.

If you wish to override sequence manually, you can do that as well. If the provided noteID is taken by another record, there will be an error; otherwise, the record will be saved and the maximum noteID plus one will be used for the next record.

const note = new Note({
  content: 'Hello World'
note.noteID = 43;


Saving a location on record

const Photo = skygear.Record.extend('photo');
const photo = new Photo({
  'subject': 'Hong Kong',
  'location': new skygear.Geolocation(22.39649, 114.1952103),

Querying records by distance

Get all photos taken within 400 meters of some location.

const reference = new skygear.Geolocation(22.283, 114.15);

const photoQuery = new skygear.Query(Photo);
photoQuery.distanceLessThan('location', reference, 400);

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

Geolocation query has distanceGreaterThan function as well.

Sorting records by distance

You can sort the result of the query by distance from a reference location:

photoQuery.addAscendingByDistance('location', reference);
photoQuery.addDescendingByDistance('location', reference);

Querying distance from record geolocation column to given reference point

You can utilize transient fields. Please read more about transient and eager loading in the Queries section.

photoQuery.transientIncludeDistance('location', 'distance', reference);
// 'location' is the key where Geolocation object is stored
// 'distance' is the key where calculated distance will be stored in $transient
// reference is the Geolocation object based on which distance is calculated
skygear.publicDB.query(photoQuery).then((photos) => {
  photos.forEach((photo) => {
}, (error) => {

File Storage (Assets)

You can make use of Asset to store file references such as images and videos on the database. An asset can only be saved with a record but not as a standalone upload. Skygear automatically uploads the files to a server that you specify, like Amazon S3.

For example, you want to allow users to upload an image as an attachment to his note.

First you need to make a file upload form:

<input type="file" id="picture" accept="image/*">

Once the user has selected the image to upload, you can save it by:

const Note = skygear.Record.extend('note');

const picture = new skygear.Asset({
  name: '<your-asset-name>',
  file: document.getElementById('picture').files[0],
const note = new Note({ attachment: picture });
skygear.publicDB.save(note) // automatically upload the picture
.then((record) => {
  console.log(record.attachment.url); // where you can load the image
  // if configured properly, the url should look like the following
  // <ASSET_STORE_URL_PREFIX>/<asset-id>-<your-asset-name>
}, (error) => {
  1. Call the Asset method to create an Asset object and it is stored in an asset column of the note object.
  2. When you save the note object, the image is automatically uploaded to the server.