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GocqlX makes working with Scylla easy and less error-prone. It’s inspired by Sqlx, a tool for working with SQL databases, but it goes beyond what Sqlx provides.


  • Binding query parameters from struct fields, map, or both
  • Scanning query results into structs based on field names
  • Convenient functions for common tasks such as loading a single row into a struct or all rows into a slice (list) of structs
  • Making any struct a UDT without implementing marshalling functions
  • GocqlX is fast. Its performance is comparable to raw driver. You can find some benchmarks here.

Subpackages provide additional functionality:


    go get -u

Getting started

Wrap gocql Session:

// Create gocql cluster.
cluster := gocql.NewCluster(hosts...)
// Wrap session on creation, gocqlx session embeds gocql.Session pointer. 
session, err := gocqlx.WrapSession(cluster.CreateSession())
if err != nil {

Specify table model:

// metadata specifies table name and columns it must be in sync with schema.
var personMetadata = table.Metadata{
    Name:    "person",
    Columns: []string{"first_name", "last_name", "email"},
    PartKey: []string{"first_name"},
    SortKey: []string{"last_name"},

// personTable allows for simple CRUD operations based on personMetadata. var personTable = table.New(personMetadata)

// Person represents a row in person table. // Field names are converted to camel case by default, no need to add special tags. // If you want to disable a field add db:"-" tag, it will not be persisted. type Person struct { FirstName string LastName string Email []string }

Bind data from a struct and insert a row:

p := Person{
    []string{"[email protected]"},
q := session.Query(personTable.Insert()).BindStruct(p)
if err := q.ExecRelease(); err != nil {

Load a single row to a struct:

p := Person{
    nil, // no email
q := session.Query(personTable.Get()).BindStruct(p)
if err := q.GetRelease(&p); err != nil {
// stdout: {Michał Matczuk [[email protected]]}

Load all rows in to a slice:

var people []Person
q := session.Query(personTable.Select()).BindMap(qb.M{"first_name": "Michał"})
if err := q.SelectRelease(&people); err != nil {
// stdout: [{Michał Matczuk [[email protected]]}]


You can find lots of examples in example_test.go.

Go and run them locally:

make run-scylla
make run-examples


GocqlX performance is comparable to the raw

driver. Below benchmark results running on my laptop.
BenchmarkBaseGocqlInsert            2392            427491 ns/op            7804 B/op         39 allocs/op
BenchmarkGocqlxInsert               2479            435995 ns/op            7803 B/op         39 allocs/op
BenchmarkBaseGocqlGet               2853            452384 ns/op            7309 B/op         35 allocs/op
BenchmarkGocqlxGet                  2706            442645 ns/op            7646 B/op         38 allocs/op
BenchmarkBaseGocqlSelect             747           1664365 ns/op           49415 B/op        927 allocs/op
BenchmarkGocqlxSelect                667           1877859 ns/op           42521 B/op        932 allocs/op

See the benchmark in benchmark_test.go.


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