Yandex ClickHouse driver for nodejs
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var ch = new ClickHouse ({host:, port: 8123, auth: "user:password"});
// or
var ch = new ClickHouse (;

// do the query, callback interface, not recommended for selects
ch.query ("CREATE DATABASE clickhouse_test", function (err, data) {


// promise interface (requires 'util.promisify' for node < 8, Promise shim for node < 4)
ch.querying ("CREATE DATABASE clickhouse_test").then (…);

// it is better to use stream interface to fetch select results
var stream = ch.query ("SELECT 1");

// or collect records yourself
var rows = [];

stream.on ('metadata', function (columns) {
  // do something with column list

stream.on ('data', function (row) {
  rows.push (row);

stream.on ('error', function (err) {
  // TODO: handler error

stream.on ('end', function () {
  // all rows are collected, let's verify count
  assert (rows.length === stream.supplemental.rows);
  // how many rows in result are set without windowing:
  console.log ('rows in result set', stream.supplemental.rows_before_limit_at_least);

// insert from file

var tsvStream = fs.createReadStream ('data.tsv');
var clickhouseStream = clickHouse.query (statement, {inputFormat: 'TSV'});

tsvStream.pipe (clickhouseStream);

// insert row data
var clickhouseStream = clickHouse.query (statement, {inputFormat: 'TSV'}, function (err) {

  console.log ('Insert complete!');


// data will be formatted for you
clickhouseStream.write ([1, 2.22, "erbgwerg", new Date ()]);

// prepare data yourself
clickhouseStream.write ("1\t2.22\terbgwerg\t2017-07-17 17:17:17");

clickhouse.end ();


new ClickHouse (options)

var options = {
  host: "clickhouse.msk",
  queryOptions: {
    profile: "web",
    database: "test"
  omitFormat: false

var clickHouse = new ClickHouse (options);

If you provide options as a string, they are assumed as a host parameter in connection options

Connection options (accept all options documented for http.request):

  • auth: authentication as user:password, optional
  • host: host to connect, can contain port name
  • pathname: pathname of ClickHouse server or / if omited,
  • port: port number,
  • protocol: "https:" or "http:", default "http:".

queryOptions object can contain any option from Settings (docs: en ru )

For example:

  • database: default database name to lookup tables etc.
  • profile: settings profile to use
  • readonly: don't allow to change data
  • max_rows_to_read: self explanatory

Driver options:

  • dataObjects: use FORMAT JSON instead of FORMAT JSONCompact for output. By default (false), you'll receive array of values for each row. If you set dataObjects to true, every row will become an object with format: {fieldName: fieldValue, …}
  • format: this is format for data loading with INSERT statements.
  • syncParser: collect data, then parse entire response. Should be faster, but for large datasets all your dataset goes into memory (actually, entire response + entire dataset). Default: false
  • omitFormat: FORMAT JSONCompact will be added by default to every query which returns dataset. Currently SELECT|SHOW|DESC|DESCRIBE|EXISTS\s+TABLE. You can change this behaviour by providing this option. In this case you should add FORMAT JSONCompact by yourself. Should be detected automatically. Default false;

var stream = clickHouse.query (statement, [options], [callback])

Query sends a statement to a server

Stream is a regular nodejs object stream, it can be piped to process records.

Stream events:

  • metadata: when a column information is parsed,
  • data: when a row is available,
  • error: something is wrong,
  • end: when entire response is processed

After response is processed, you can read a supplemental response data, such as row count via stream.supplemental.

Options are the same for query and constructor excluding connection.

Callback is optional and will be called upon completion with a standard node (error, result) signature.

You should have at least one error handler listening. Via callbacks or via stream errors. If you have callback and stream listener, you'll have error notification in both listeners.

Promise interface

Promise interface is not recommended for INSERT and SELECT queries.

  • INSERT cannot bulk load data with promise interface
  • SELECT will collect entire query result in the memory

With promise interface query result are parsed snchronously. This means that large query result in promise interface:

  • Will snchronously block JS thread/event loop
  • May lead to memory leaks in your app

Use it only for queries where resulting data size is is known and extreemly small.
The good cases to use it is DESCRIBE TABLE or EXISTS TABLE

clickHouse.querying (statement, [options]).then (…)

Return promise, that will be resolved with entire query result. This is an alias to ch.query(query, {syncParser: true}, (error, data) => {})


  ch.querying ("SELECT 1").then((result) => console.log(
  // [ [ 1 ] ]
  ch.querying ("DESCRIBE TABLE system.numbers", {dataObjects: true}).then((result) => console.log(
  // [ { name: 'number', type: 'UInt64', default_type: '', default_expression: '' } ] (function (err, response) {})

Sends an empty query and check if it "Ok.\n"

clickHouse.pinging ().then (…)

Promise interface for ping


Bulk data loading with INSERT statements

INSERT can be used for bulk data loading. There is a 2 formats easily implementable with javascript: CSV and TabSeparated/TSV.

CSV is useful for loading from file, thus you can read and pipe into clickhouse file contents. To activate CSV parsing you should set inputFormat option to CSV for driver or query (BEWARE: not works as expected, use TSV):

var csvStream = fs.createReadStream ('data.csv');
var clickhouseStream = ch.query (statement, {inputFormat: CSV});

csvStream.pipe (clickhouseStream);

TSV is useful for loading from file and bulk loading from external sources, such as other databases. Only \\, \t and \n need to be escaped in strings; numbers, nulls, bools and date objects need some minor processing. You can send prepared TSV data strings (line ending will be appended automatically), buffers (always passed as is) or Arrays with fields.

Internally, every field will be converted to the format which ClickHouse can accept. Then escaped and joined with delimiter for the particular format. If you ever need to store rows (in arrays) and send preformatted data, you can do it.

ClickHouse also supports JSONEachRow format which can be useful to insert javascript objects if you have such recordset.

const stream = ch.query (statement, {format: 'JSONEachRow'})

stream.write (object) // Do write as many times as possible
stream.end () // And don't forget to finish insert query

Memory size

You can read all the records into memory in single call like this:

var ch = new ClickHouse ({host: host, port: port});
ch.query ("SELECT number FROM system.numbers LIMIT 10", {syncParser: true}, function (err, result) {
  // result will contain all the data you need

In this case whole JSON response from the server will be read into memory, then parsed into memory hogging your CPU. Default parser will parse server response line by line and emits events. This is slower, but much more memory and CPU efficient for larger datasets.