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    Simple and powerful interface for ClickHouse

    npm package License: MIT

    npm install @posthog/clickhouse

    Fork of @apla/clickhouse.


    const ClickHouse = require('@posthog/clickhouse')
    const ch = new ClickHouse({ host, port, user, password })
    const stream = ch.query("SELECT 1", (err, data) => {})
    // promise interface, not recommended for selects
    await ch.querying("CREATE DATABASE test")



    new ClickHouse(options: Options)


    required default description
    host Host to connect.
    user Authentication user.
    password Authentication password.
    path (pathname) / Pathname of ClickHouse server.
    port 8123 Server port number.
    protocol 'http:' 'https:' or 'http:'.
    dataObjects false By default (false), you'll receive array of values for each row.
    If you set dataObjects: true, every row will become an object with format: { fieldName: fieldValue, … }.
    Alias to format: 'JSON'.
    format JSONCompact Adds the FORMAT statement for query if it did not have one.
    Specifies format of selected or inserted data.
    See "Formats for input and output data" to find out possible values.
    queryOptions Object, can contain any ClickHouse option from Settings, Restrictions and Permissions.
    See example.
    readonly false Tells driver to send query with HTTP GET method. Same as readonly=1 setting. More details.
    Any http.request or https.request options are also available.
    Options example:
    const ch = new ClickHouse({
      host: "clickhouse.msk",
      dataObjects: true,
      readonly: true,
      queryOptions: {
        profile: "web",
        database: "test",

    clickHouse.query(query, [options], [callback])

    Sends a query statement to a server.

    query: string

    SQL query statement.

    options: Options

    The same Options, excluding connection options.

    callback: (error, result) => void

    Will be always called upon completion.

    Returns: DuplexStream

    It supports .pipe to process records.
    You should have at least one error handler listening. Via query callback or via stream error event.

    Stream event Description
    'error' Query execution finished with error.
    If you have both query callback and stream error listener, you'll have error notification in both listeners.
    'metadata' When a column information is parsed.
    'data' When a row is available.
    'end' When entire response is processed.
    Regardless of whether there is an 'end' listener, the query callback are always called.
    You should always listen to 'data' event together with 'end' event.
    "The 'end' event will not be emitted unless the data is completely consumed."
    If you don't need to handle 'data' event prefer to use only callback or Promise interface.

    After response is processed, you can read a supplemental response data from it, such as row count.


    Sends an empty query. Doesn't requires authorization.

    callback: (error, result) => void

    Will be called upon completion.

    Promise interface

    Promise interface is not recommended for INSERT and SELECT queries.

    • INSERT can't do bulk load data with promise interface.
    • SELECT will collect entire query result in the memory. See the Memory size section.

    With promise interface query result are parsed synchronously. This means that large query result in promise interface:

    • Will synchronously block JS thread/event loop.
    • May lead to memory leaks in your app due peak GC loads.

    Use it only for queries where resulting data size is is known and extremely small.
    The good cases to use it is DESCRIBE TABLE or EXISTS TABLE

    clickHouse.querying(query, [options])

    Similar to ch.query(query) but collects entire response in memory and resolves with complete query result.
    See the Memory size section.

    options: Options

    The same Options, excluding connection options.

    Returns: Promise

    Will be resolved with entire query result.

    Example of promise interface.


    Promise interface for .ping.

    Returns: Promise

    How it works

    Bulk data loading with INSERT statements

    INSERT can be used for bulk data loading. There is a 2 formats easily implementable with javascript: CSV and TabSeparated/TSV.

    CSV is useful for loading from file, thus you can read and .pipe into clickhouse file contents.
    To activate CSV parsing you should set format driver option or query FORMAT statement to CSV:

    var csvStream = fs.createReadStream('data.csv')
    var clickhouseStream = ch.query(statement, { format: CSV })

    TSV is useful for loading from file and bulk loading from external sources, such as other databases. Only \\, \t and \n need to be escaped in strings; numbers, nulls, bools and date objects need some minor processing. You can send prepared TSV data strings (line ending will be appended automatically), buffers (always passed as is) or Arrays with fields.

    Internally, every field will be converted to the format which ClickHouse can accept. Then escaped and joined with delimiter for the particular format. If you ever need to store rows (in arrays) and send preformatted data, you can do it.

    ClickHouse also supports JSONEachRow format which can be useful to insert javascript objects if you have such recordset.

    const stream = ch.query(statement, { format: 'JSONEachRow' })
    stream.write(object) // Do write as many times as possible
    stream.end() // And don't forget to finish insert query

    Memory size

    You can read all the records into memory in single call like this:

    var ch = new ClickHouse({ host: host, port: port })
    ch.querying("SELECT number FROM system.numbers LIMIT 10", (err, result) => {
      // result will contain all the data you need

    In this case whole JSON response from the server will be read into memory, then parsed into memory hogging your CPU. Default parser will parse server response line by line and emits events. This is slower, but much more memory and CPU efficient for larger datasets.


    Selecting with stream:

    const readableStream = ch.query(
      'SELECT * FROM system.contributors FORMAT JSONEachRow',
      (err, result) => {},
    const writableStream = fs.createWriteStream('./contributors.json')

    Inserting with stream:

    const readableStream = fs.createReadStream('./x.csv')
    const writableStream = ch.query('INSERT INTO table FORMAT CSV', (err, result) => {})

    Insert single row of data:

    const ch = new ClickHouse(options)
    const writableStream = ch.query(`INSERT INTO table FORMAT TSV`, (err) => {
      if (err) {
      console.log('Insert complete!')
    // data will be formatted for you
    writableStream.write([1, 2.22, "erbgwerg", new Date()])
    // prepare data yourself
    writableStream.write("1\t2.22\terbgwerg\t2017-07-17 17:17:17")

    Selecting large dataset:

    const ch = new ClickHouse(options)
    // it is better to use stream interface to fetch select results
    const stream = ch.query("SELECT * FROM system.numbers LIMIT 10000000")
    stream.on('metadata', (columns) => { /* do something with column list */ })
    let rows = []
    stream.on('data', (row) => rows.push(row))
    stream.on('error', (err) => { /* handler error */ })
    stream.on('end', () => {
        stream.supplemental.rows_before_limit_at_least, // how many rows in result are set without windowing

    Inserting large dataset:

    const ch = new ClickHouse(options)
    // insert from file
    const tsvStream = fs.createReadStream('data.tsv')
    const clickhouseStream = ch.query('INSERT INTO table FORMAT TSV')

    Settings for connection:

    const ch = new ClickHouse({
      host: 'clickhouse.msk',
      queryOptions: {
        database: "test",
        profile: "web",
        readonly: 2,
        force_index_by_date: 1,
        max_rows_to_read: 10 * 1e6,

    Settings for query:

    const ch = new ClickHouse({ host: 'clickhouse.msk' })
    const stream = ch.query('INSERT INTO table FORMAT TSV', {
      queryOptions: {
        database: "test",
        insert_quorum: 2,

    Promise interface:

    const ch = new ClickHouse(options)
    // Check connection to server. Doesn't requires authorization.
    await ch.pinging()
    const { data } = await ch.querying("SELECT 1")
    // [ [ 1 ] ]
    const { data } = await ch.querying("DESCRIBE TABLE system.numbers", { dataObjects: true })
    // [ { name: 'number', type: 'UInt64', default_type: '', default_expression: '' } ]


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