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⚠️ Grimoire V2 is available as REL and Changeset package.

Grimoire is a database access layer inspired by Ecto. It features a flexible query API and built-in validation. It currently supports MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQLite3 but a custom adapter can be implemented easily using the Adapter interface.


  • Query Builder
  • Association Preloading
  • Struct style create and update
  • Changeset Style create and update
  • Builtin validation using changeset
  • Multi adapter support
  • Logger


Common go ORM accepts struct as a value for modifying records which has a problem of unable to differentiate between an empty, nil, or undefined value. It's a tricky problem especially when you want to have an endpoint that supports partial updates. Grimoire attempts to solve that problem by integrating Changeset system inspired from Elixir's Ecto. Changeset is a form like entity which allows us to not only solve that problem but also help us with casting, validations, and constraints check.


go get

Quick Start

package main

import (


type Product struct {
	ID        int
	Name      string
	Price     int
	CreatedAt time.Time
	UpdatedAt time.Time

// ChangeProduct prepares data before database operation.
// Such as casting value to appropriate types and perform validations.
func ChangeProduct(product interface{}, params params.Params) *changeset.Changeset {
	ch := changeset.Cast(product, params, []string{"name", "price"})
	changeset.ValidateRequired(ch, []string{"name", "price"})
	changeset.ValidateMin(ch, "price", 100)
	return ch

func main() {
	// initialize mysql adapter.
	adapter, err := mysql.Open("root@(")
	if err != nil {
	defer adapter.Close()

	// initialize grimoire's repo.
	repo := grimoire.New(adapter)

	var product Product

	// Inserting Products.
	// Changeset is used when creating or updating your data.
	ch := ChangeProduct(product, params.Map{
		"name":  "shampoo",
		"price": 1000,

	if ch.Error() != nil {
		// handle error

	// Changeset can also be created directly from json string.
	jsonch := ChangeProduct(product, params.ParseJSON(`{
		"name":  "soap",
		"price": 2000,

	// Create products with changeset and return the result to &product,
	if err = repo.From("products").Insert(&product, ch); err != nil {
		// handle error

	// or panic when insertion failed
	repo.From("products").MustInsert(&product, jsonch)

	// Querying Products.
	// Find a product with id 1.

	// Updating Products.
	// Update products with id=1.
	repo.From("products").Find(1).MustUpdate(&product, ch)

	// Deleting Products.
	// Delete Product with id=1.




API Documentation:


Released under the MIT License

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