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Jquery-IndexedDB API Reference

List of APIs - Quick Reference

IndexedDB - Quick Intro

  • IndexedDB is a database inside a browser to save and retrieve objects on the browser/client.
  • IndexedDB contains multiple objectStores (sort of tables) that contain data.
    • objectStores have data records in form of (key, javascript object) pairs. (key) uniquely identify records
    • Data can be written to, read from, or iterated over, inside and object store
    • (key, javascript object) pairs can also have indexes on a property in the (javascript object)
  • Data operations can be scoped into transactions.

Open Database

Creates a new connection to the Indexed Database specified as the name.

var dbOpenPromise = $.indexedDB("database_name", { 
    // The second parameter is optional
    "version" : 3,  // Integer version that the DB should be opened with
    "upgrade" : function(transaction){
        // Function called when DB is of lower version that specified in the version parameter
        // See transaction for details on the argument
    "schema" : {
        "1" : function(transaction){
            // List of instructions to run when DB version is upgraded to 1. 
            // See transaction for details on the argument
        "2" : function(transaction){
            // Examples of using the transaction object
            var obj1 = transaction.objectStore("store1");
            var obj2 = transaction.createObjectStore(store2);

When a schema parameter is specified, and if the DB is originally at version 1, then only functions labeled 2 and above are executed. This provides a way to migrate database by creating object stores, indexes or even reading/writing data between database versions. For details on the transaction parameter, looks at the Transaction object returned during a transaction.

Note that the createObjectStore and the deleteObjectStore are available only during the upgrade operations. Also, objectStores opened during progress can have index operations. See the indexes section for more details

If the optional parameter is not specified, it simply opens the database to the latest version available.

It returns a Jquery Promise with the following done, progress and fail event handlers.

Handling Database open success

dbOpenPromise.done(function(db, event){
    // Called when the database is successfully opened. 
    db;  //  the native IndexedDB Database object (aka result of the IDBRequest) ,
    event; // the IndexedDB Event object.  
    this; // Context inside the function is the native IDBRequest.

When the database open is in progress

When that database is being upgraded or is blocked due to another transaction being in progress

dbOpenPromise.progress(function(db, event){
    // Called when there is the database open is in progress - when it is blocked or is being upgraded 
    error; // is the error object and has more details on what the error is
    event; //  is the IndexedDB Event object
    event.type; //indicates - blocked or upgrade
    this; // Context inside the function is the native IDBRequest

When a database open operation is blocked, you can choose to close the database. When the database is being upgraded, you can perform all actions permitted in the versionChange transaction.

Handling database open error, event){
    // Called when there is an error opening the database. 
    error; //is the error object and has more details on what the error is
    event; //is the IndexedDB Event object. event.type indicates the type - 'error' or 'exception'
    this; // Context inside the function is the native IDBRequest   


Once a database is opened, read and write transactions can be performed within a transaction.

var transactionPromise = $.indexedDB("dbName").transaction(storeNames, mode);

storeNames is an array of object store names (or a single string object store name) that should be under this transaction.

mode is 0 or 1 indication READ_ONLY or READ_WRITE, similar to modes in the IndexedDB Specification.

The returned transaction promise has the following event handlers during the lifetime of the transaction.

Transaction in progress

    // Called when the transaction has started
    trans; // Use the methods on the trans object (see below) to perform operations

The transaction object passed to the callback when transaction is in progress has the following methods on it.

var objectStore = trans.objectStore("objectStoreName");

The following 2 methods are available only when the database is being upgraded. Look at the Open Database Schema section for details.

var objectStore = trans.createObjectStore("objectStoreName", {
    // Options to create object store. 
    "autoIncrement" : true,  // [detaults to true], indicating that the key for this object store should auto increment,
    "keyPath" : id // the path of key in the object, defaults to key that has to be specified separately


See object stores for methods on the objectStore returned by the above calls.

Transaction complete

    // Called when transaction is completed
    event; // Indicated the transaction complete event.

Transaction fails or is aborted{
    // Called when the transaction is aborted or fails
    event.type; // indicates the reason for failure being error, exception or abort

Object Stores

Once the database is opened, operations need to be performed on object stores. An object store can be opened inside a transaction that is in progress or using a shorthand on the $.indexedDB object like.

var objectStore = $.indexedDB("database_name").objectStore("objectStoreName", /* Optional */ mode );

The mode parameter defaults to READ_WRITE and is similar to the mode parameter specified during a transaction.

As a convenience method, if the mode is set to true (instead of 0 or 1), an object store is created if it does not exist. Internally, the database is closed and opened with a higher version to trigger the version transaction where the object store can be created.

The above expression internally creates a transaction for this object store. The mode parameter is optional and similar to the mode parameter in transactions. The CRUD methods on the object store are

var promise = objectStore.add(/*Javascript Object*/ value, /*Optional*/ key); // Adds data to the objectStore
var promise = objectStore.get(key); Gets the object with the key 
var promise = objectStore.put(/*Javascript Object*/ value, key); // Updates the object for the specified key 
var promise = objectStore.delete(key); // Deletes the object with the specified key
var promise = objectStore.count(); // Gets all the objects
var promise = objectStore.clear(); // Removes all data from the object store;

The returned promise can be used to note the success or error of the operations

promise.done(function(result, event){
    result; // Result of the operation. Some operations like delete will return undefined
    event; // Success Event
});, event){
    error; // Type of error that has occured
    event; // Error event
    event.type; // indicates if there was an error or an exception

To iterate over the objects inside an object store, use

var iterationPromise = objectStore.each(function(item){
    // Called for each element during the iteration
    item.key, item.value; // The key and the value of current object
    item.delete(); // Deletes the current item
    item.update(newItem); // Updates the current item with newItem;

    // false - do not continue iteration
    // integer 'n' - n can be 1,2,... indicating skip next n objects and continue
    // object - continue to item with object as the next key
    // default - no return, or undefined return, continue iteration

}, /*Optional*/ range, /*Optional*/ direction);

iterationPromise.done(function(result, event){
    // Iteration completed
    result ; // null, indicating that there are no more objects for iteration
    event ; // Success event
}), event){
    error; // Error during iteration
    event; // Error event, can be exception or event

range limits the results and can be an array like [lower, upper, lowerOpen, upperOpen]. If only one element is specified in the array, it becomes an equals clause. The parameters lowerOpen and upperOpen are optional. If no value is specified for either upper or for lower bounds, they are included. These arguments behave as described in the specification

In addition to the above CURD operation, objectStore.index methods also allow operations using indexes. See indexes for details.


Once a reference to an objectStore is obtained either using transaction.objectStore(), transaction.createObjectStore() or $.indexedDB("").objectStore(), the index object can be used.

    var index = objectStore.index("indexName");
        // Iterate over objects in index
        // Similar to iterating over objects in an ObjectStore
        item; // same as iterating over objects (see above) 
    }, /*Optional*/ range, /*Optional */ direction);

        //  Iterate over the keys of the object

While upgrading a database in the version change transaction, indexes can also be created or deleted on an object store.

    // trans is created when a database upgrade is in progress
    var objectStore = trans.objectStore("objectStoreName");
    var index = objectStore.createIndex("" , /*Optional*/ {
        "unique" : false, // Uniqueness of Index, defaults to false
        "multiEntry" : false // see explanation below
    }, /* Optional */ "indexName")
    objectStore.deleteIndex("indexName"); //returns nothing

If the second argument to the createIndex function is a string, it is considered to be the name of the index. If no indexName is specified in createIndex, the property name is used as indexName

This multiEntry flag affects how the index behaves when the result of evaluating the index's key path yields an Array.

  • If the multiEntry flag is false, then a single record whose key is an Array is added to the index.
  • If the multiEntry flag is true, then the one record is added to the index for each item in the Array. The key for each record is the value of respective item in the Array.

Delete Database

A database can be deleted using

var deletePromise = $.indexedDB("database_name").deleteDatabase();

deletePromise.done(function(null, event){ 
    /* Called when the delete is successful*/
    event; // The success event
});, event){ 
    /* Called when the delete is successful*/
    error; // Reason for the error
deletePromise.progress(function(db, event){ 
    // Called when the deleting is blocked due to another transaction
    db; // Database that is opened
    event.type // Indicates it is blocked, etc. 

Compare Keys

A convenience method to compare keys in a database. Can be used as $.indexedDB("dbName").cmp(key1, key2) and return 1,0 or -1 when key1 is greater than, equal to or less than key2 respectively.


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