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// DAO
compile 'com.hannesdorfmann.sqlbrite:dao:xxx'

// Object Mapper
compile 'com.hannesdorfmann.sqlbrite:annotations:xxx'
apt 'com.hannesdorfmann.sqlbrite:object-mapper:xxx'

To run annotation processing you have to use apt. Please note that DAO and Object-Mapper are independent. You can choose whether you want to use both or not.

How to use

This library adds an layer on top of SQLBrite by providing basically two modules:

  1. ObjectMapper
  2. Dao


This project doesn't aim to implement a full ORM framework and will never be. It just uses annotation processing to generate code for reading value from Cursor and handle ContentValues. With @Column you specify with database table column belongs to which field of your Model class. You can annotate fields (no private or protected fields are allowed) or public setter methods. With @ObjectMappable you have to annotate your model class containnig @Column annotations like this:

public class Customer {

  public static final String TABLE_NAME = "Customer";
  public static final String COL_FIRSTNAME = "firstname";
  public static final String COL_LASTNAME = "lastname";
  public static final String COL_ID = "id";

  protected long id;
  @Column(COL_FIRSTNAME) String firstname;
  @Column(COL_LASTNAME) String lastname;

  public Customer() {

  public Customer(long id, String firstname, String lastname) { = id;
    this.firstname = firstname;
    this.lastname = lastname;

   public void setId(int id) { = id;

   public long getId() {
    return id;

  public String getFirstname() {
    return firstname;

  public String getLastname() {
    return lastname;

For Customer a class called CustomerMapper gets generated that looks like this:

public final class CustomerMapper {

   * RxJava Func1 Method that can be used to generate a Customer from a Cursor's data (sql row)
  public static final Func1<Cursor, Customer> MAPPER = new Func1<Cursor, Customer>() {

   * Get a typesafe ContentValues Builder
   * @return The ContentValues Builder
  public static ContentValuesBuilder contentValues() {


So basically it generates a Func1 that can be applied on a SQLBrite QueryObservable to instantiate your data object (i.e. Customer) out of a Cursor (cursor gets closed internally and resources released by SQLBrite) and retrieve fetch data by calling cursor.getString(index) and so on. See DAO section below for a concrete example how to use the generated Func1. Additionally, it also generates a type safe builder for ContentValues.

ContentValues cv = CustomerMapper.contentValues()

The supported types for @Column are:

  • String
  • int
  • long
  • short
  • float
  • double
  • boolean
  • byte[]
  • java.util.Date (mapped to long internally, time in milli seconds)

Kotlin support

ObjectMapper is supported by Kotlin (use kapt instead of apt for annotation processing):

 class People  {

     var name: String? = null

     var age : Int = 0

Unfortunately, data classes are not supported yet.


The provided Object Mapper does not support Auto-Value. However, there is a nice library called auto-value-cursor that can be used instead of the build in Object Mapper and with the DAO module to achieve the same, just with auto-value.


Create your own Data Access Object (DAO) where you define methods to manipulate or query your database table. Usually a DAO represents a database table, like the database table for storing Customer:

public class CustomerDao extends Dao {

  @Override public void createTable(SQLiteDatabase database) {

        Customer.COL_FIRSTNAME + " TEXT",
        Customer.COL_LASTNAME + " TEXT")


  @Override public void onUpgrade(SQLiteDatabase db, int oldVersion, int newVersion) {
    if (oldVersion == 1 && newVersion == 2){
          .ADD_COLUMN(Customer.PHONE_NUMBER +" TEXT")



onCreateTable() and onUpgrade() gets called internally (from an internal SQLiteOpenHelper) to create or migrate the table for Customer.

As you already have seen above, the DAO provides provides a high level API so you don't have to deal that much with String concatenation and can use IDE's auto completion to build your sql statements. The same API can be used to create SQL query statements:

public class CustomerDao extends Dao {

  @Override public void createTable(SQLiteDatabase database) {

  @Override public void onUpgrade(SQLiteDatabase db, int oldVersion, int newVersion) {

  public Observable<List<Customer>> getCustomers(String lastname) {
      return query(
        SELECT(Customer.COL_ID, Customer.COL_FIRSTNAME, Customer.COL_LASTNAME)
        .WHERE(Customer.COL_LASTNAME + " = ? ")
       .args(lastname) // arguments that replace the "?" placeholders in SQL statement
       .run() // Executes query
       .mapToList(CustomerMapper.MAPPER) // Use the generated Func1 method

    public Observable<Long> addCustomer(int id, String firstname, String lastname) {
      ContentValues values = CustomerMapper.contentValues()

      return insert(Customer.TABLE_NAME, values);


To register your DAO classes to SQLBrite you have to create a DaoManager. While a Dao represents a table of a database DaoManager represents the whole database file. DaoManager internally creates a SQLiteOpenHelper and instantiates a SqlBrite instance. All DAO's registered to the same DaoManager share the same SqlBrite instance.

CustomerDao customerDao = new CustomerDao();
AddressDao addressDao = new AddressDao();

DaoManager daoManager = DaoManager.with(context)
                                .onTablesCreated(createdListener) // optional callback
                                .onTablesUpgraded(upgradedListner) // optional callback

Please note that adding DAO's dynamically (later) is not possible. You have to instantiate a DaoManager and pass all your DAO's in the constructor as seen above.

To sum up:

  • A DaoManager is representing the whole database file and basically is a SQLiteOpenHelper and manages SqlBrite instance for you.
  • A Dao is representing a table of a database. You define a public API for other software components of your App like getCustomers() or addCustomer() to query and manipulate the data of the underlying table.


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