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A query builder for PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQL Server, SQLite3 and Oracle, designed to be flexible, portable, and fun to use.

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A SQL query builder that is flexible, portable, and fun to use!

A batteries-included, multi-dialect (PostgreSQL, MySQL, CockroachDB, MSSQL, SQLite3, Oracle (including Oracle Wallet Authentication)) query builder for Node.js, featuring:

Node.js versions 10+ are supported.

You can report bugs and discuss features on the GitHub issues page or send tweets to @kibertoad.

For support and questions, join our Gitter channel.

For knex-based Object Relational Mapper, see:


To see the SQL that Knex will generate for a given query, you can use Knex Query Lab


We have several examples on the website. Here is the first one to get you started:

const knex = require('knex')({
  client: 'sqlite3',
  connection: {
    filename: './data.db',

try {

// Create a table await knex.schema .createTable('users', table => { table.increments('id'); table.string('user_name'); }) // ...and another .createTable('accounts', table => { table.increments('id'); table.string('account_name'); table .integer('user_id') .unsigned() .references(''); })

// Then query the table... const insertedRows = await knex('users').insert({ user_name: 'Tim' })

// ...and using the insert id, insert into the other table. await knex('accounts').insert({ account_name: 'knex', user_id: insertedRows[0] })

// Query both of the rows. const selectedRows = await knex('users') .join('accounts', '', 'accounts.user_id') .select('users.user_name as user', 'accounts.account_name as account')

// map over the results const enrichedRows = => ({ ...row, active: true }))

// Finally, add a catch statement } catch(e) { console.error(e); };

TypeScript example

import { Knex, knex } from 'knex'

interface User { id: number; age: number; name: string; active: boolean; departmentId: number; }

const config: Knex.Config = { client: 'sqlite3', connection: { filename: './data.db', }, };

const knexInstance = knex(config);

try { const users = await knex('users').select('id', 'age'); } catch (err) { // error handling }

Usage as ESM module

If you are launching your Node application with

should be picked up automatically and named ESM import should work out-of-the-box. Otherwise, if you want to use named imports, you'll have to import knex like this:
import { knex } from 'knex/knex.mjs'

You can also just do the default import:

import knex from 'knex'

If you are not using TypeScript and would like the IntelliSense of your IDE to work correctly, it is recommended to set the type explicitly:

 * @type {Knex}
const database = knex({
    client: 'mysql',
    connection: {
      host : '',
      user : 'your_database_user',
      password : 'your_database_password',
      database : 'myapp_test'

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