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Promise based functional wrapper for IndexedDB.


Install using npm:

npm install ""


The API is designed to be used either server-side or from within a browser, and needs to be instantiated with a global object providing indexedDB and IDBKeyRange properties. The window object can be used for this within the browser:

    import idb from '';

    const {
    } = idb( window );

Alternatively, the global object within a service worker context can be used.

On the server side, something like can be used to provide the necessary environment.

Basic usage

You generally start not by opening a database directly but instead by opening a named object store of the database. You need to provide a schema object, describing the database schema (see next section) and the name of the object store to open.

    const schema = { name: 'fruit-db', stores: {...} };
    const store = 'fruit-objects';

    const objStore = await idbOpenObStore( schema, store );

Objects can then be read from the object store using their primary key:

    const appleObj = await idbRead( objStore, 'apple');

Multiple objects can be read at once:

    const [
    ] = await idbReadAll( objStore, ['apple','pear','orange']);

Objects can be written:

    await idbWrite( objStore, pineappleObj );

Or deleted, using their primary key:

    await idbDelete( objStore, 'pear');

Cursors can be opened on the primary key instance by providing a filter term:

    const cursor = await idbOpenPK( objStore, 'apple');

Or on a named index by providing the index name with a filter term:

    const cursor = await idbOpenIndex( objStore, 'color','yellow');


The module uses a standard data format to describe a database's schema as a collection of object stores and associated indexes. The format looks like this:

    "name": <String>,
    "version": <Number>,
    "stores": {
        <object-store-name>: {
            "options": { },
            "indexes": {
                <index-name>: {
                    "keyPath": <String>,
                    "options": { }


  • "name": Is a string providing the IndexedDB instance name;
  • "version": Is a number describing the schema version;
  • "stores": Is an object containing one or more object store definitions;
  • <object-store-name>: Is a valid object store name, mapped to that store's definition;
  • "options": Is an object providing valid object store creation options; see optional parameters described at;
  • "indexes": Is an object providing object store index definitions;
  • <index-name>: Is a valid object store index name;
  • "keyPath": Is the key path the index should use;
  • "options": Are additional index options; see objectParameters at;

A valid schema document looks like this:

    "name": "example",
    "version": 1,
    "stores": {
        "files": {
            "options": {
                "keyPath": "path"
            "indexes": {
                "category": {
                    "keyPath": "category",
                    "options": { "unique": false }
                "status": {
                    "keyPath": "status",
                    "options": { "unique": false }
                "page.collection": {
                    "keyPath": "page.collection",
                    "options": { "unique": false }
                "commit": {
                    "keyPath": "commit",
                    "options": { "unique": false }


Note that all functions return promises.

idbOpen( schema )

Open an IndexedDB instance. Creates a new DB if no DB with the specified name exists. Upgrades the existing DB if the schema versions are different.

  • schema: The database schema.

idbInit( db, schema )

Initialize an IndexedDB instance.

  • db: An IndexedDB instance.
  • schema: A database schema.

idbOpenObjStore( schema, store, mode )

Open an object store and start a new transaction.

idbRead( objStore, key )

Read an object from an object store.

  • objStore: The object store to read from.
  • key: An object primary key.

idbReadAll( objStore, keys )

Read multiple objects from an object store.

  • objStore: The object store to read from.
  • keys: An array of object primary keys.

idbWrite( objStore, object )

Write an object to an object store.

  • objStore: The object store to write to.
  • object: The object to write.

idbDelete( objStore, key )

Delete an object from an object store.

  • objStore: The object store to delete from.
  • key: The primary key of the object to delete.

idbOpenPk( objStore, term )

Open a cursor on the object store's primary key index.

idbOpenIndex( objStore, index, term )

Open a cursor on a named index.

idbIndexCount( objStore, index, term )

Count the number of items in an index.

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