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This module is designed for the Strongloop Loopback framework. It automatically adds createdAt and updatedAt attributes to any Model.

createdAt will be set to the current Date the by using the default property of the attribute.

updatedAt will be set for every update of an object through bulk updateAll or instance methods.

This module is implemented with the before save Operation Hook which requires the loopback-datasource-juggler module greater than v2.23.0.


  npm i loopback-ds-timestamp-mixin --save


With version 2.33.2 of this module the upsert validation was turned off. This may create issues for your project if upsert validation is required. If you require upsert validation, set the validateUpsert option to true, however most upserts will fail unless you supply the createdAt and updatedAt fields or set required option to false.


Add the mixins property to your server/model-config.json:

  "_meta": {
    "sources": [
    "mixins": [


To use with your Models add the mixins attribute to the definition object of your model config.

    "name": "Widget",
    "properties": {
      "name": {
        "type": "string",
    "mixins": {
      "TimeStamp" : true


The attribute names createdAt and updatedAt are configurable. To use different values for the default attribute names add the following parameters to the mixin options.

You can also configure whether createdAt and updatedAt are required or not. This can be useful when applying this mixin to existing data where the required constraint would fail by default.

By setting the validateUpsert option to true you will prevent this mixin from overriding the default Model settings. With validation turned on most upsert operations will fail with validation errors about missing the required fields like createdAt or updatedAt.

This mixin uses console logs to warn you whenever something might need your attention. If you would prefer not to receive these warnings, you can disable them by setting the option silenceWarnings to true on a per model basis.

In this example we change createdAt and updatedAt to createdOn and updatedOn, respectively. We also change the default required to false and set validateUpsert to true. We also disable console warnings with silenceWarnings.

    "name": "Widget",
    "properties": {
      "name": {
        "type": "string",
    "mixins": {
      "TimeStamp" : {
        "createdAt" : "createdOn",
        "updatedAt" : "updatedOn",
        "required" : false,
        "validateUpsert": true,
        "silenceWarnings": true,
        "index": true

NOTE for database MySQL and Postgres options

When you use database options for MySQL and the like beware that you may have to use the columnName value configured for the database instead of the loopback configured name.

In the following example for the Widget object your createdAt field should equal the columnName which would be created_at.

  "name": "Widget",
  "properties": {
    "createdAt": {
      "type": "Date",
       "required": true,
       "length": null,
       "precision": null,
       "scale": null,
       "mysql": {
         "columnName": "created_at",
         "dataType": "datetime",
         "dataLength": null,
         "dataPrecision": null,
         "dataScale": null,
         "nullable": "N"

Thus the configuration looks like this for the above example.

    "name": "Widget",
    "properties": {
      "name": {
        "type": "string",
    "mixins": {
      "TimeStamp" : {
        "createdAt" : "created_at"

Please see issue #19 for more information on database options.


By passing in additional options to an update or save operation you can control when this mixin updates the updatedAt field. The passing true to the option skipUpdatedAt will skip updating the updatedAt field.

In this example we assume a book object with the id of 2 already exists. Normally running this operation would change the updatedAt field to a new value.

Book.updateOrCreate({name: 'New name', id: 2}, {skipUpdatedAt: true}, function(err, book) {
  // book.updatedAt will not have changed


This package is written in ES6 JavaScript, check out @getify/You-Dont-Know-JS if you want to learn more about ES6.

Source files are located in the es6 directory. Edit the source files to make changes while running gulp in the background. Gulp is using babel to transform the es6 JavaScript into node compatible JavaScript.



For error checking and to help maintain style this package uses eslint as a pretest. All test are run against the transformed versions of files, not the es6 versions.

Run the tests in the test directory.

  npm test

Run with debugging output on:

  DEBUG='loopback:mixins:time-stamp' npm test




A mixin to automatically generate createdAt and updatedAt Date attributes for loopback Models







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