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RethinkDB adapter for Ecto 2.1.x (see issue #41 for Ecto 2.2.x support).


Add :rethinkdb_ecto to your list of dependencies in mix.exs:

def deps do
  [{:rethinkdb_ecto, "~> 0.7"}]

Finally, in the repository configuration, you will need to specify the :adapter:

config :my_app, MyApp.Repo,
  adapter: RethinkDB.Ecto,


First, create you repository with mix ecto.gen.repo and add the repository to you config:

config :my_app, ecto_repos: [MyApp.Repo]

Start the repository as a supervisor on your application’s supervisor:

def start(_type, _args) do
  import Supervisor.Spec

  children = [
    supervisor(MyApp.Repo, [])

  opts = [strategy: :one_for_one, name: MyApp.Supervisor]
  Supervisor.start_link(children, opts)

Define your schema:

defmodule User do
  use Ecto.Schema

  # You must define your primary-key and foreign-key types as :binary_id
  @primary_key {:id, :binary_id, autogenerate: false}
  @foreign_key_type :binary_id

  schema "users" do
    field :name, :string
    field :age, :integer
    has_many :posts, Post

And the matching migration:

defmodule UserMigration do
  use Ecto.Migration

  def change do
    create table("users")
    create index("users", [:name])

Create the database and apply migrations:

$ mix ecto.create
$ mix ecto.migrate

You are ready to go.


The adapter supports almost all of Ecto.Query functions. This includes group-by and order-by clauses, aggregators, ranges, complex filter and select queries, etc.

Start a IEx shell and run a few basic queries:

iex(2)> MyApp.Repo.insert %Post{title: "Ecto is great!"}
iex(3)> Post

You can build relationships using :belongs_to, has_one, has_many, etc. in your schema definitions and use them to load associations:

iex(4)> MyApp.Repo.all(Post) |> MyApp.Repo.preload(:comments)

RethinkDB.Ecto provides support for :inner_join (default), which means that you can preload relationships within a single query:

iex(5)> MyApp.Repo.all from p in Post,
...(5)>               join: u in assoc(p, :author),
...(5)>               join: c in assoc(p, :comments),
...(5)>              where: == "Theresia",
...(5)>            preload: [author: u, comments: c]


Check the known limitations section in the RethinkDB.Ecto documentation.

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