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A small local database powered by lodash API

const db = low('db.json')
// Set some defaults if your JSON file is empty 
db.defaults({ posts: [], user: {} })
// Add a post 
  .push({ id: 1, title: 'lowdb is awesome'})
// Set a user 
db.set('', 'typicode')

Data is saved to db.json

  "posts": [
    { "id": 1, "title": "lowdb is awesome"}
  "user": {
    "name": "typicode"

You can use any lodash function like _.get and _.find with shorthand syntax.

  .find({ id: 1 })

Lowdb is perfect for CLIs, small servers, Electron apps and npm packages in general.

It supports Node, the browser and uses lodash API, so it's very simple to learn. Actually... you may already know how to use lowdb 😉

Why lowdb?

  • Lodash API
  • Minimal and simple to use
  • Highly flexible
    • Custom storage (file, browser, in-memory, ...)
    • Custom format (JSON, BSON, YAML, XML, ...)
    • Mixins (id support, ...)
    • Read-only or write-only modes
    • Encryption

Important lowdb doesn't support Cluster.

Used by


npm install lowdb --save

Alternatively, if you're using yarn

yarn add lowdb

A UMD build is also available on unpkg for testing and quick prototyping:

<script src=""></script>
<script src=""></script>
  var db = low('db')


low([source, [options])

  • source string or null, will be passed to storage
  • options object
    • storage object, by default lowdb/lib/storages/file-sync or lowdb/lib/storages/browser.
      • read function
      • write function
    • format object
      • serialize function, by default JSON.stringify
      • deserialize function, by default JSON.parse

Creates a lodash chain, you can use any lodash method on it. When .value() is called data is saved using storage.

You can use options to configure how lowdb should persist data. Here are some examples:

// in-memory 
// persisted using async file storage 
low('db.json', { storage: require('lowdb/lib/storages/file-async') })
// persisted using a custom storage 
low('some-source', { storage: require('./my-custom-storage') })
// read-only 
const fileSync = require('lowdb/lib/storages/file-sync')
low('db.json', {
  storage: {
// write-only 
low('db.json', {
  storage: {
    write: fileSync.write


Database lodash instance. Use it to add your own utility functions or third-party mixins like underscore-contrib or lodash-id.

  second: function(array) {
    return array[1]
const post1 = db.get('posts').first().value()
const post2 = db.get('posts').second().value()


Use whenever you want to access the database state.

db.getState() // { posts: [ ... ] } 


Use it to drop database or set a new state (database will be automatically persisted).

const newState = {}


Persists database using storage.write option. Depending on the storage, it may return a promise (for example, with file-async).

By default, lowdb automatically calls it when database changes.

const db = low('db.json')
db.write()            // writes to db.json 
db.write('copy.json') // writes to copy.json[source])

Reads source using option. Depending on the storage, it may return a promise.

const db = low('db.json')            // reads db.json'copy.json') // reads copy.json 


How to query

With lowdb, you get access to the entire lodash API, so there are many ways to query and manipulate data. Here are a few examples to get you started.

Please note that data is returned by reference, this means that modifications to returned objects may change the database. To avoid such behaviour, you need to use .cloneDeep().

Also, the execution of methods is lazy, that is, execution is deferred until .value() is called.


Check if posts exists.


Set posts.

db.set('posts', [])

Sort the top five posts.

  .filter({published: true})

Get post titles.


Get the number of posts.


Get the title of first post using a path.


Update a post.

  .find({ title: 'low!' })
  .assign({ title: 'hi!'})

Remove posts.

  .remove({ title: 'low!' })

Remove a property.


Make a deep clone of posts.


How to use id based resources

Being able to get data using an id can be quite useful, particularly in servers. To add id-based resources support to lowdb, you have 2 options.

lodash-id provides a set of helpers for creating and manipulating id-based resources.

const db = low('db.json')
const postId = db.get('posts').insert({ title: 'low!' }).write().id
const post = db.get('posts').getById(postId).value()

uuid is more minimalist and returns a unique id that you can use when creating resources.

const uuid = require('uuid')
const postId = db.get('posts').push({ id: uuid(), title: 'low!' }).write().id
const post = db.get('posts').find({ id: postId }).value()

How to use a custom storage or format

low() accepts custom storage or format. Simply create objects with read/write or serialize/deserialize methods. See src/browser.js code source for a full example.

const myStorage = {
  read: (source, deserialize) => // must return an object or a Promise 
  write: (source, obj, serialize) => // must return undefined or a Promise 
const myFormat = {
  serialize: (obj) => // must return data (usually string) 
  deserialize: (data) => // must return an object 
low(source, {
  storage: myStorage,
  format: myFormat

How to encrypt data

Simply encrypt and decrypt data in format.serialize and format.deserialize methods.

For example, using cryptr:

const Cryptr = require("./cryptr"),
const cryptr = new Cryptr('my secret key')
const db = low('db.json', {
  format: {
    deserialize: (str) => {
      const decrypted = cryptr.decrypt(str)
      const obj = JSON.parse(decrypted)
      return obj
    serialize: (obj) => {
      const str = JSON.stringify(obj)
      const encrypted = cryptr.encrypt(str)
      return encrypted


See changes for each version in the release notes.


lowdb is a convenient method for storing data without setting up a database server. It is fast enough and safe to be used as an embedded database.

However, if you seek high performance and scalability more than simplicity, you should probably stick to traditional databases like MongoDB.


MIT - Typicode