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Expressive database wrappers for Go (golang). SQLite3, MySQL, PostgreSQL and MongoDB.
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Note: This package has been superseded by the project.

gosexy/db is a set of wrappers for SQL and NoSQL database drivers for the Go programming languaje, it's currently compatible with MongoDB, MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQLite3.

If you're interested on a quick tour see the project page.

The project

The goal of this package is to provide a common, simple, consistent layer of abstraction for performing mundane operations such as create, read, update, and delete rows (CRUD) on different databases.

While gosexy/db is not an ORM per se it can be used as the base for one, we leave that up to you, gosexy/db prefers to stay out of the way and just focusing in providing a layer of compatibility between databases.

An introductory example

Let me show you an example, this chunk of code searches on the "people" table/collection. It does not matter whether we are querying a NoSQL database like MongoDB or a SQL database like MySQL, PostgreSQL or SQLite3, gosexy/db talks to the database in the language the database expects and returns you a set of results.

items, err := people.FindAll(
  db.Cond{"name": "john"},

for i, item := range items {
  // ...

db.Collection.FindAll() will accept different structures in no special order, in the above example we passed a db.Cond{} type, that's a condition, you could also use other statemets such as db.And{}, db.Or{}, db.Limit(n), db.Offset(n), etc. to customize your query.

While this level of abstraction would not be able to represent a complex query or to use any database-specific features it's fairly convenient for doing most of the operations you would do with a database, and if you ever need to do more advanced queries, the underlying driver could always be retrieved as a *sql.DB or a *mgo.Session so you can still be able to use any database-specific pro spells.

Iterating over results

Fetching all rows may be not so adequate for processing large datasets, in that case we could use db.Collection.Query() instead of db.Collection.FindAll() and then iterate over the results.

// Makes a query and stores the result.
res, err = people.Query(
  db.Cond{"name": "john"},

if err != nil {

person := struct{
  PersonName string `field:"name"` // Supports struct tags.

for {
  // res.Next() accepts a pointer to map or a pointer to struct.
  err = res.Next(&person)

  if err == nil {
    // If there is no error we can use person.
    fmt.Printf("%v\n", person)
  } else if err == db.ErrNoMoreRows {
    // This error means we have read all rows.
  } else {
    // Another kind of error needs proper management.


Inter-database relations

One of the features you may find convenient is the ability of gosexy/db to make relations between different databases that talk different protocols with ease:

items, err := peopleCollection.FindAll(
    "works": db.On{
      db.Cond{"author_id": "{id}"},

In the above example, peopleCollection and worksCollection are db.Collection objects and they could be collections or tables of any of the supported databases. You can even relate NoSQL collections to SQL tables!


Use go get to download and install gosexy/db.

go get

Usage example

Let's suppose we want to use the "mongo" wrapper for MongoDB.

Use go get to retrieve and install the "mongo" wrapper.

go get

Import gosexy/db and the wrapper into your project.

import (
  // The wrapper goes to the blank identifier.
  _ ""

Set up a variable to configure your database connection.

var settings = db.DataSource{
  Host:     "localhost",
  Database: "dbname",
  User:     "myusername",
  Password: "mysecret",

Use db.Open to connect to the database you've just set up.

// Connect using the mongo driver.
sess, err := db.Open("mongo", settings)

if err != nil {

defer sess.Close()

Insert some items and retrieve rows.

animals, _ := sess.Collection("animals")

  "animal": "Bird",
  "young":  "Chick",
  "female": "Hen",
  "male":   "Cock",
  "group":  "flock",

  "animal": "Bovidae",
  "young":  "Calf",
  "female": "Cow",
  "male":   "Bull",
  "group":  "Herd",

  "animal": "Canidae",
  "young":  []string{"Puppy", "Pup"},
  "female": "Bitch",
  "male":   "Dog",
  "group":  "Pack",

items, err := animals.FindAll()

if err != nil {

for _, item := range items {
  fmt.Printf("animal: %s, young: %s\n", item["animal"], item["young"])

Remember this example uses the mongo wrapper, but there are other wrappers available and they work with the same code.


We have an online reference and you can always have a quick look to the API at our documentation page.

Got problems? try to use the forum.

Things to do

This is an evolving project, there are still lots of things to do:

  • Add db.Upsert and db.Modify for SQL databases.
  • Add CouchDB support.


2013/04/15 - Adding support for Update() with structs and maps.
2013/04/06 - Adding support for struct tags.
2013/03/10 - Breaking change: Find() and FindAll() now will return ([item],
           - Adding db.Result and methods for iterating over results.
           - Adding the ability to use struct{} for fetching and inserting
           - Adding helper package gosexy/db/util for internal usage.
2012/12/02 - Changing db.Table.Collection and adding db.Open().
2012/09/21 - Changing some methods parameters and return values, improving
             error handling and testing many data types.
2012/08/29 - Created the main site docs and moved the repo to
2012/07/23 - Splitted database wrappers into packages. Changed db.Where to
2012/07/09 - First public beta with MySQL, MongoDB, PostgreSQL and SQLite3.
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