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IBM® DashDB® is the database of choice for robust, enterprise-wide solutions handling high-volume workloads. It is optimized to deliver industry-leading performance while lowering costs. The loopback-connector-dashdb module is the LoopBack connector for dashDB.

The LoopBack DashDB connector supports:

  • All CRUD operations.
  • Queries with fields, limit, order, skip and where filters.
  • All supported DASHDB LUW versions as well as dashDB. Note for dashDB set supportDashDB in the loopback datasource definition. Column organized tables are not supported.


Enter the following in the top-level directory of your LoopBack application:

$ npm install loopback-connector-dashdb --save

The --save option adds the dependency to the application's package.json file.


Use the data source generator (lb datasource) to add the DASHDB data source to your application. The entry in the application's server/datasources.json will look something like this:

"mydb": {
  "name": "mydb",
  "connector": "dashdb"

Edit server/datasources.json to add other supported properties as required:

"mydb": {
  "name": "mydb",
  "connector": "dashdb",
  "username": <username>,
  "password": <password>,
  "database": <database name>,
  "hostname": <dashdb server hostname>,
  "port":     <port number>

The following table describes the connector properties.

Property Type Description
database String Database name
schema String Specifies the default schema name that is used to qualify unqualified database objects in dynamically prepared SQL statements. The value of this property sets the value in the CURRENT SCHEMA special register on the database server. The schema name is case-sensitive, and must be specified in uppercase characters
username String DASHDB Username
password String DASHDB password associated with the username above
hostname String DASHDB server hostname or IP address
port String DASHDB server TCP port number
useLimitOffset Boolean LIMIT and OFFSET must be configured on the DASHDB server before use (compatibility mode)
supportDashDB Boolean Create ROW ORGANIZED tables to support dashDB.
minPoolSize Number Set the minimum size of the connection pool
maxPoolSize Number Set the maximum size of the connection pool

Alternatively, you can create and configure the data source in JavaScript code. For example:

var DataSource = require('loopback-datasource-juggler').DataSource;
var DASHDB = require('loopback-connector-dashdb');

var config = {
  username: process.env.DASHDB_USERNAME,
  password: process.env.DASHDB_PASSWORD,
  hostname: process.env.DASHDB_HOSTNAME,
  port: 50000,
  database: 'SQLDB',

var db = new DataSource(DASHDB, config);

var User = db.define('User', {
  name: { type: String },
  email: { type: String },

db.autoupdate('User', function(err) {
  if (err) {

    name: 'Tony',
    email: 'tony@t.com',
  }, function(err, user) {
    console.log(err, user);

  User.find({ where: { name: 'Tony' }}, function(err, users) {
    console.log(err, users);

  User.destroyAll(function() {
    console.log('example complete');


Here is a list of operators supported by the connector:

  • regexp operator
  Employee.find({where: {taskCode: {regexp: /tsk/i}}}, function(err, result) {
    if (err) throw err;
    console.log('Found instance with regexp: ' + JSON.stringify(result));
  • like operator
  Employee.find({where: {taskCode: {like: 'TSK%'}}}, function(err, result) {
    if (err) throw err;
    console.log('Found instance with like: ' + JSON.stringify(result));
  • nlike operator
  Employee.find({where: {taskCode: {nlike: 'TSK%'}}}, function(err, result) {
    if (err) throw err;
    console.log('Found instance with like: ' + JSON.stringify(result));

Running tests

Own instance

If you have a local or remote DashDB instance and would like to use that to run the test suite, use the following command:

  • Linux
  • Windows
SET CI=true
npm test

The value for DASHDB_SCHEMA must be of the pattern SCHEMA{build number}_{build name}_{platform}_{node version}. For example : SCHEMA1_DASHDB_DARWIN_10.

Alternatively, let DASHDB_SCHEMA be computed for you by setting these values instead:

export PACKAGE_NAME=loopback-connector-dashdb 
export BUILD_NUMBER={build number}   For example: 1
export nodeVersion={node version}    For example: 10

This will create a schema with the name: SCHEMA1_DASHDB_DARWIN_10

This pattern of the schema name is important for database cleanup and seeding purposes.


  • DashDB has a docker image which could be signed up for a trial version and be used for testing. For more information, please visit: DashDB Docker
  • Once the instance is ready, please follow the above information on how to run tests using your own instance

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