This document describes how to use Sequelize, a promise-based Node.js object-relational mapping (ORM), with YugabetyDB.


Before you can start using Sequelize, ensure that you have the following available:

  • YugabyteDB version 2.4 or later (see Quick Start).

  • Node.js (see Downloading and installing Node.js).

  • A sample project for use with Sequelize. If you do not have a project, you can create it by executing the following commands:

    mkdir demo_project && cd demo_project
    mkdir node_modules
    touch demo.js
  • A YugabyteDB-specific Sequelize package called sequelize-yugabytedb. You can install this package by running the following command from the demo_project directory:

    npm install sequelize-yugabytedb

    Currently, the sequelize-yugabytedb package extends Sequelize version 6.6.5.

Using Sequelize

To start using Sequelize with YugabyteDB, add the following code to the demo.js file:

const { Sequelize } = require('sequelize-yugabytedb');

//first three arguments are database, username, password
const sequelize = new Sequelize('yugabyte', 'yugabyte', 'yugabyte',
    host: 'localhost',
    port: '5433',
    dialect: 'postgres'
// define a model with "customer" modelname
const Customer = sequelize.define('customer', {
  id: {
    type: Sequelize.INTEGER,
    primaryKey: true
  name: {
    type: Sequelize.STRING
//create "customers" table
Customer.sync({force: true})
.then(function() {
  //insert 2 rows into the table
  Customer.create({id: 1, name: "Bob"})
  Customer.create({id: 2, name: "Tom"})

To run the application, execute the following command:

node demo.js

Testing the code

You can verify the code execution by looking for the changes inside the database, as follows:

  • Navigate to your YugabyteDB installation directory by running the following command:
cd /<path-to-yugabytedb>
  • Run the ysqlsh client by executing the following command:

  • Obtain the list of all the tables in the database by executing the following command:

  • Check if rows have been inserted into the table by executing the following:


The following illustration presents the output:


The createdAt and updatedAt timestamp columns have been added automatically by Sequelize.