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A hapi plugin integrating Objection ORM

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Lead Maintainer - Devin Ivy


See also the API Reference

Schwifty is used to define Joi-compatible models and knex connections for use with Objection ORM. Those models then become available within your hapi server where it is most convenient. It has been tailored to multi-plugin deployments, where each plugin may set clear boundaries in defining its own models, knex database connections, and migrations. It's safe to register schwifty multiple times, wherever you'd like to use it, as it protects against model name collisions and other ambiguous configurations.


Schwifty is intended for use with hapi v17+, joi v16+, Objection v1 and v2, knex v0.16+, and nodejs v8+. If you're using an older version of knex or joi, check out schwifty v4.

// First, ensure your project includes knex, objection, and sqlite3

// To get started you might run,
// npm install --save schwifty @hapi/hapi joi knex objection sqlite3

'use strict';

const Hapi = require('@hapi/hapi');
const Joi = require('joi');
const Schwifty = require('schwifty');

(async () => {

    const server = Hapi.server({ port: 3000 });

        method: 'get',
        path: '/dogs/{id}',
        handler: async (request) => {

            const { Dog } = request.models();

            return await Dog.query().findById(;

    await server.register({
        plugin: Schwifty,
        options: {
            knex: {
                client: 'sqlite3',
                useNullAsDefault: true,
                connection: {
                    filename: ':memory:'

    // Register a model with schwifty...

        class Dog extends Schwifty.Model {
            static get tableName() {

                return 'Dog';

            static get joiSchema() {

                return Joi.object({
                    id: Joi.number(),
                    name: Joi.string()

    await server.initialize();

    // ... then make a table ...

    const knex = server.knex();

    await knex.schema.createTable('Dog', (table) => {


    // ... then add some records ...

    const { Dog } = server.models();

    await Promise.all([
        Dog.query().insert({ name: 'Guinness' }),
        Dog.query().insert({ name: 'Sully' }),
        Dog.query().insert({ name: 'Ren' })

    // ... then start the server!

    await server.start();

    console.log(`Now, go find some dogs at ${}`);


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