A Clojure DSL for Factual's API
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FactQL is a Clojure DSL for Factual's API. It's for when you want to use the world's most powerful programming language to query the world's most powerful open data platform.

Here's a FactQL statement that finds restaurants near a lat lon, where each restaurant delivers dinner, sorted by distance:

(select restaurants-us
  (around {:lat 34.06021 :lon -118.4183 :miles 3})
    (= :meal_deliver true)
    (= :meal_dinner true))
  (order :$distance)
  (limit 3))


FactQL is hosted at Clojars. Add this to your project dependencies:

[factql "1.0.4"]

The factql.core namespace exposes functions and macros that form a concise, SQL-like Clojure DSL for interacting with Factual's data platform.


Before your FactQL queries can run, you must provide your Factual API key and secret:


Alternatively, if you have a valid factual-auth.yaml in ~/.factual, you can just do this...


... in which case, it's expected that ~/.factual/factual-auth.yaml looks like:

key: MY_KEY
secret: MY_SECRET

If you don't have a Factual API account yet, it's free and easy to get one.


select takes a table name and an optional set of clauses, such as a where clause. Evaluating select will run the query against Factual and return a sequence of results hash-maps.

The simplest example:

(select places)

Another simple example:

(select places (where (like :name "starbucks*")))


The where clause allows you to specify row filters. Here's an example FactQL statement with a tasty where clause:

; Find restaurants in LA with valid websites and a good rating,
; that won't make me dress too nice:
(select restaurants-us
    (= :locality "los angeles")
    (not-in :attire ["formal" "smart casual" "business casual"])
    (not-blank :website)
    (>= :rating 2.5)))

supported filter logic

  • in
  • not-in
  • like
  • not-like
  • search
  • blank
  • not-blank
  • =
  • not=
  • <
  • =

  • <=

example filter queries

;; Select places whose name field starts with "starbucks"
(select places (where (like :name "starbucks*")))
;; Select U.S. restaurants with a blank telephone number
(select restaurants-us (where (blank :tel)))
;; Select places that are in the states of CA, NV, or TX
(select places
    (in :region ["CA" "NV" "TX"])))


You can specify the fields you want returned using fields, like this:

(select places
  (fields :name :locality :website))


You can order your results, that is sort rows, by using order. For example:

(select places
  (order :name))

Example of ordering by name ascending, locality descending, using explicit :asc and :desc modifiers:

(select places
  (order :name:asc :locality:desc))

search (Full Text Search)


(select places
  (search "starbucks"))

limit and offset

You can limit the returned results with limit, like:

(select restaurants-us (limit 12))

You can page through results using order, limit and offset, like:

(select places
  (order :name:asc :locality:desc)
  (offset 20)
  (limit 10))

around (Geo Proximity Filter)

You can use around to limit your results to be within a geographic radius of a lat lon coordinate. For example:

; Find places near Factual:
(select places
  (around {:lat 34.06021 :lon -118.4183 :miles 3}))


You can get the schema for a specific table like this:

(schema restaurants-us)


FactQL provides support for Factual's Resolve feature with resolve-vals. It expects values as a hashmap, where keys are valid attributes for the Resolve schema, and values are the values on which to match.

For example:

(resolve-vals {:name "ino", :latitude 40.73, :longitude -74.01})

Query Composition

FactQL provides support for composing queries. You can define a query without running it, using select*. Later you can create new queries based on that query, and run them at anytime.

For example, imagine you want to define a base query that finds U.S. restaurants that have valid owners and telephones:

(def base (-> (select* "restaurants-us")
                (not-blank :owner)
                (not-blank :tel))))

Running that query is as easy as using exec:

(exec base)

But you can also define a new query that builds off of base. For example, let's define a new query that uses base but adds a filter for non-null websites, and also adds a sort based on website:

(def websites (-> base
                  (not-blank :website))
                  (order :website)))

You can run the websites query anytime with exec:

(exec websites)

You can go on to create a new query that is is similar to the websites query but, say, adds a limit clause:

(def a-few-sites (-> websites (limit 3)))

And of course, you can run that at anytime with exec, like so:

(exec a-few-sites)

And the previous base and websites queries are unchanged, so you can continuing building new queries off of them as well.


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