Paginate your Ecto queries with Scrivener
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Scrivener.Ecto allows you to paginate your Ecto queries with Scrivener. It gives you useful information such as the total number of pages, the current page, and the current page's entries. It works nicely with Phoenix as well.

First, you'll want to use Scrivener in your application's Ecto Repo. This will add a paginate function to your Repo. This paginate function expects to be called with, at a minimum, an Ecto query. It will then paginate the query and execute it, returning a Scrivener.Page. Defaults for page_size can be configured when you use Scrivener. If no page_size is provided, Scrivener will use 10 by default.

You may also want to call paginate with a params map along with your query. If provided with a params map, Scrivener will use the values in the keys "page" and "page_size" before using any configured defaults.

Note: Scrivener.Ecto only supports Ecto backends that allow subqueries (e.g. PostgreSQL).


defmodule MyApp.Repo do
  use Ecto.Repo, otp_app: :my_app
  use Scrivener, page_size: 10
defmodule MyApp.Person do
  use Ecto.Schema

  schema "people" do
    field :name, :string
    field :age, :integer

    has_many :friends, MyApp.Person
def index(conn, params) do
  page =
    |> where([p], p.age > 30)
    |> order_by(desc: :age)
    |> preload(:friends)
    |> MyApp.Repo.paginate(params)

  render conn, :index,
    people: page.entries,
    page_number: page.page_number,
    page_size: page.page_size,
    total_pages: page.total_pages,
    total_entries: page.total_entries
page =
  |> where([p], p.age > 30)
  |> order_by(desc: :age)
  |> preload(:friends)
  |> MyApp.Repo.paginate(page: 2, page_size: 5)


Add scrivener_ecto to your mix.exs applications and dependencies.

def application do
  [applications: [:scrivener_ecto]]
[{:scrivener_ecto, "~> 1.0"}]


First, you'll need to build the test database.

MIX_ENV=test mix db.reset

This task assumes you have postgres installed and that your current user can create / drop databases. If you'd prefer to use a different user, you can specify it with the environment variable SCRIVENER_ECTO_DB_USER.

With the database built, you can now run the tests.

mix test