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elixir-ecto / ecto


A database wrapper and language integrated query for Elixir



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Ecto is a domain specific language for writing queries and interacting with databases in Elixir. Here is an example:

# In your config/config.exs file
config :my_app, ecto_repos: [Sample.Repo]

config :my_app, Sample.Repo,
  adapter: Ecto.Adapters.Postgres,
  database: "ecto_simple",
  username: "postgres",
  password: "postgres",
  hostname: "localhost",
  port: "5432"

# In your application code
defmodule Sample.Repo do
  use Ecto.Repo,
    otp_app: :my_app

defmodule Sample.Weather do
  use Ecto.Schema

  schema "weather" do
    field :city     # Defaults to type :string
    field :temp_lo, :integer
    field :temp_hi, :integer
    field :prcp,    :float, default: 0.0

defmodule Sample.App do
  import Ecto.Query
  alias Sample.Weather
  alias Sample.Repo

  def keyword_query do
    query = from w in Weather,
         where: w.prcp > 0 or is_nil(w.prcp),
         select: w

  def pipe_query do
    |> where(city: "Kraków")
    |> order_by(:temp_lo)
    |> limit(10)
    |> Repo.all

See the getting started guide and the online documentation.

Also checkout the "What's new in Ecto 2.0" free ebook to learn more about many features in Ecto 2.0 such as many_to_many, schemaless queries, concurrent testing and more.


You need to add both Ecto and the database adapter as a dependency to your mix.exs file. The supported databases and their adapters are:

Database Ecto Adapter Dependency Ecto 2.0 compatible?
PostgreSQL Ecto.Adapters.Postgres postgrex Yes
MySQL Ecto.Adapters.MySQL mariaex Yes
MSSQL Tds.Ecto tds_ecto No
SQLite3 Sqlite.Ecto sqlite_ecto No
MongoDB Mongo.Ecto mongodb_ecto No

For example, if you want to use PostgreSQL, add to your mix.exs file:

defp deps do
  [{:postgrex, ">= 0.0.0"},
   {:ecto, "~> 2.1"}]

Then run mix deps.get in your shell to fetch the dependencies. If you want to use another database, just choose the proper dependency from the table above.

Finally, in the repository configuration, you will need to specify the adapter: respective to the chosen dependency. For PostgreSQL it is:

config :my_app, Repo,
  adapter: Ecto.Adapters.Postgres,

We are currently looking for contributions to add support for other SQL databases and folks interested in exploring non-relational databases too.

Important links


Contributions are welcome! In particular, remember to:

  • Do not use the issues tracker for help or support requests (try Stack Overflow, IRC or mailing lists, etc).
  • For proposing a new feature, please start a discussion on elixir-ecto.
  • For bugs, do a quick search in the issues tracker and make sure the bug has not yet been reported.
  • Finally, be nice and have fun! Remember all interactions in this project follow the same Code of Conduct as Elixir.

Running tests

Clone the repo and fetch its dependencies:

$ git clone
$ cd ecto
$ mix deps.get
$ mix test

Besides the unit tests above, it is recommended to run the adapter integration tests too:

# Run only PostgreSQL tests (PostgreSQL >= 9.5 is preferred for testing all Postgres features)
MIX_ENV=pg mix test

# Run all tests (unit and all adapters)
mix test.all

Building docs

$ MIX_ENV=docs mix docs

Copyright and License

Copyright (c) 2012, Plataformatec.

Ecto source code is licensed under the Apache 2 License.