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A pure javascript stop-gap implementation of the IndexedDB (aka. Indexed Database) API using sqlite3 as a storage engine.


Welcome to the indexeddb-js javascript/node-js module: a pure-javascript stop-gap implementation of the IndexedDB (aka. Indexed Database) API. Being "stop-gap", it currently does not implement all IndexedDB API features and can only use sqlite3 as a data storage back-end.

Just To Be Clear

This module is not intended to provide a "production" level implementation: it is a "stop-gap" measure while we (the community) wait for a more robust/native implementation for node-js. As such, it was created to allow unit-testing of other projects (such as syncml-js and others), which require that you provide access to an indexedDB API, but need to be unit-tested in any environment, including non-browser environments.

If time permits, and/or others are willing to contribute, it may one day graduate to a less "stop-gap" measure.

What Isn't Implemented

There are many IndexedDB API items that are not implemented, which include but are not limited to:

  • True transaction support, i.e. transaction isolation, aborting (rollback), and transaction events (oncomplete).

  • Proper meta-information upgrade management.

  • Many of the dynamic public API properties of various object types.

  • Compliance with any of the DOMException errors.

  • Many non-critical APIs, including:

    • indexedDB.deleteDatabase()
    • indexedDB.cmp()
    • Transaction.abort()
    • Store.deleteIndex()
    • Cursor.update()
    • Cursor.advance()
    • Cursor.delete()
  • Performance and efficiency (it was implemented one Saturday afternoon).

  • Non-sqlite3 data stores.


This is the easy part, provided you have npm installed:

npm install indexeddb-js sqlite3


A quick example of how to use indexeddb-js:

// assuming modules 'sqlite3' and 'indexeddb-js' have been loaded 
// in your environment-specific way, e.g. with `define` or `require`. 
// of course, if you are being nice to the community, you would wrap the 
// following in a call to "define()" and would share your code as a 
// non-environment-specific javascript module.  see 
// for details... ;-) 
var engine    = new sqlite3.Database(':memory:');
var scope     = indexeddbjs.makeScope('sqlite3', engine);
var request   ='MyDatabase');
var db        = null;
request.onerror = function(event) {
  console.log('ERROR: could not open database: ' +;
request.onupgradeneeded = function(event) {
  db =;
  var store = db.createObjectStore('data', {keyPath: 'id'});
  store.createIndex('value', 'value', {unique: false});
  store.add({id: 1, value: 'my-first-item'});
request.onsuccess = function(event) {
  db =;;
}; = function() {
  // register an error handler for any error on the current db 
  db.onerror = function(event) {
    console.log('DATABASE ERROR: ' +;
  // fetch the record with id "1" in store "data" 
  var store = db.transaction(null, 'readwrite').objectStore('data');
  store.get('1').onsuccess = function(event) {
    var obj =;
    console.log('record: ' + JSON.stringify(obj));
    // now delete it 
    store.delete('1').onsuccess = function(event) {
      console.log('deleted the record');
      // and now add a couple new records (overwriting it if the key 
      // already exists) with the same 'value' (so we can play with cursors) 
      store.put({id: '2', value: 'another object'}).onsuccess = function(event) {
        store.put({id: 3, value: 'another object'}).onsuccess = function(event) {
          console.log('added two more records');
          // we're getting pretty deeply nested here... let's pop out 
          // and use the index 
  var play_with_the_index_and_cursors = function() {
    var index = db.transaction(null, 'readwrite').objectStore('data').index('value');
    var range = scope.IDBKeyRange.only('another object');
    console.log('all objects with the "value" field set to "another object":');
    index.openCursor(range).onsuccess = function(event) {
      var cursor =;
      if ( ! cursor )
      console.log('  - ' + JSON.stringify(cursor.value));

The output on the console from the above script should be:

record: {"id":1,"value":"my-first-item"}
deleted the record
added two more records
all objects with the "value" field set to "another object":
  - {"id":"2","value":"another object"}
  - {"id":3,"value":"another object"}

Note that indexeddb-js implements the Indexed Database API as accurately as possible, so just google for the specification and many good tutorials. My favorite:


indexeddb-js uses jasmine for the testing infrastructure; in the indexeddb-js directory:

npm install jasmine-node
make tests