Lightweight RESTful database engine based on stack data structures
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[pee-lah-dee-bee]. pila means stack or battery in Spanish.

piladb is a lightweight RESTful database engine based on stack data structures. Create as many stacks as you need, PUSH or POP elements of any kind, and have access to the one on top always in constant time.


  • Stacks are auto-scalable and are only limited by the capacity of the host or by configuration.
  • Available POP, PUSH, PEEK,SIZE, and FLUSH operations for each of the stacks.
  • Manage stacks and other resources by using a REST API, so you can use it with your favorite programming language.
  • Manage elements in JSON-compatible data types: strings, numbers, arrays, objects, etc.
  • Totally configurable using a REST API, or CLI parameters.
  • In-memory store.
  • Written in Go, i.e. binaries are self-contained and distributable.



You can download binaries for Linux and Mac in the Releases page.

From Source Code

You need Go installed. Version 1.6+ recommended.

go get
cd $GOPATH/src/
make pilad


You need Go installed. Version 1.6+ recommended.

go get
cd $GOPATH/src/
make all

You can also use Docker to create piladb builds or development environment. Please see the dev directory.


piladb aims to minimize the amount of third party dependencies and to rely on the Go standard library as much as possible.

Even though, it uses gvt to vendor its few dependencies. If you use Go 1.6+, or Go 1.5 with GO15VENDOREXPERIMENT=1 set, you're good to go, libraries in vendor directory will be used and everything will work as expected. You don't need to install, use or understand gvt.

If you are using a lower Go version, piladb will use either your current local version of the dependencies, or the latest one available. Things might break, so please consider updating to the latest version.

Code Coverage

We aim for a universal 100% code coverage for all suppackages. If some piece of code is not testable, it probably needs to be changed.

Check current code coverage of the project:


You need Docker installed.

It's possible to get pilad binary releases by executing make release. This will cross-compile pilad in all available OS's and architectures.

Alternatively, if you don't have docker installed, you can release pilad binary with the make gox command. For this, you need a configured Go environment and gox installed.


piladb is developed by Fernando Álvarez and ≅oscillatingworks on a Dell XPS 13 laptop, running Ubuntu 14.04, and using vim-go plugin within the vim editor, in Berlin and Madrid, with the support of Gali, Godín and other friends.

Logo was designed by GraphicLoads.

Typography Lily Script One designed by Julia Petretta.