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Automatically generate models for SequelizeJS via the command line.


npm install sequelize-auto


You will need to install sequelize; it's no longer installed by sequelize-auto.

You will need to install the correct dialect binding before using sequelize-auto.

Dialect Install
MySQL/MariaDB npm install mysql2
Postgres npm install pg pg-hstore
Sqlite npm install sqlite3
MSSQL npm install tedious


sequelize-auto -h <host> -d <database> -u <user> -x [password] -p [port]  --dialect [dialect] -c [/path/to/config] -o [/path/to/models] -t [tableName]

  --help             Show help                                         [boolean]
  --version          Show version number                               [boolean]
  -c, --config       Path to JSON file for Sequelize's constructor "options"
                     flag object as defined here:
  -a, --additional   Path to JSON file containing model definitions (for all
                     tables) which are to be defined within a model's
                     configuration parameter. For more info: https://sequelize.org/v5/manual/models-definition.html#configuration
  -h, --host         IP/Hostname for the database.           [string] [required]
  -d, --database     Database name.                          [string] [required]
  -u, --user         Username for database.                             [string]
  -x, --pass         Password for database.                             [string]
  -p, --port         Port number for database (not for sqlite). Ex:
                     MySQL/MariaDB: 3306, Postgres: 5432, MSSQL: 1433   [number]
  -o, --output       What directory to place the models.                [string]
  -e, --dialect      The dialect/engine that you're using: postgres, mysql,
                     sqlite, mssql                                      [string]
  -t, --tables       Comma-separated names of tables to import          [string]
  -T, --skip-tables  Comma-separated names of tables to skip            [string]
  --cm, --caseModel  Set case of model names: c|l|o|p|u
                      c = camelCase
                      l = lower_case
                      o = original (default)
                      p = PascalCase
                      u = UPPER_CASE
  --cf, --caseFile   Set case of file names: c|l|o|p|u
  --cp, --caseProp   Set case of property names: c|l|o|p|u
  -n, --no-write     Prevent writing the models to disk.               [boolean]
  -s, --schema       Database schema from which to retrieve tables      [string]
  -l, --lang         Language for Model output: es5|es6|esm|ts
                      es5 = ES5 CJS modules (default)
                      es6 = ES6 CJS modules
                      esm = ES6 ESM modules
                      ts = TypeScript                                    [string]

On Windows, provide the path to sequelize-auto: node_modules\.bin\sequelize-auto [args]


sequelize-auto -o "./models" -d sequelize_auto_test -h localhost -u my_username -p 5432 -x my_password -e postgres

Produces a file/files such as ./models/Users.js which looks like:

/* jshint indent: 2 */

module.exports = function(sequelize, DataTypes) {
  return sequelize.define('Users', {
    'id': {
      type: DataTypes.INTEGER(11),
      allowNull: false,
      primaryKey: true,
      autoIncrement: true
    'username': {
      type: DataTypes.STRING,
      allowNull: true
    'touchedAt': {
      type: DataTypes.DATE,
      allowNull: true
    'aNumber': {
      type: DataTypes.INTEGER(11),
      allowNull: true
    'bNumber': {
      type: DataTypes.INTEGER(11),
      allowNull: true
    'validateTest': {
      type: DataTypes.INTEGER(11),
      allowNull: true
    'validateCustom': {
      type: DataTypes.STRING,
      allowNull: false
    'dateAllowNullTrue': {
      type: DataTypes.DATE,
      allowNull: true
    'defaultValueBoolean': {
      type: DataTypes.BOOLEAN,
      allowNull: true,
      defaultValue: '1'
    'createdAt': {
      type: DataTypes.DATE,
      allowNull: false
    'updatedAt': {
      type: DataTypes.DATE,
      allowNull: false
  }, {
    tableName: 'Users',
    freezeTableName: true

Which makes it easy for you to simply Sequelize.import it (for Sequelize versions < 6).

For Sequelize version 6+, Sequelize.import is not available. You should require the file and call the returned function:

var Users = require('path/to/users')(sequelize, DataTypes);

See this example from sequelize/cli for loading all files from a directory.

Also note that you can use the -l es6 option to create the model definition files as ES6 classes, or -l esm option to create ES6 modules. Then you would require or import the classes and call the init(sequelize, DataTypes) method on each class.

Configuration options

For the -c, --config option, various JSON/configuration parameters are defined by Sequelize's options flag within the constructor. See the Sequelize docs for more info.

Programmatic API

var SequelizeAuto = require('sequelize-auto');
var auto = new SequelizeAuto('database', 'user', 'pass');
auto.run().then(data => {
  console.log(data.tables);      // table list
  console.log(data.foreignKeys); // foreign key list
  console.log(data.text)         // text of generated files
With options:
var auto = new SequelizeAuto('database', 'user', 'pass', {
    host: 'localhost',
    dialect: 'mysql'|'mariadb'|'sqlite'|'postgres'|'mssql',
    directory: false, // prevents the program from writing to disk
    port: 'port',
    caseModel: 'c', // convert snake_case column names to camelCase field names: user_id -> userId
    caseFile: 'c', // file names created for each model use camelCase.js not snake_case.js
    additional: {
        timestamps: false
    tables: ['table1', 'table2', 'myschema.table3'] // use all tables if omitted


Add -l ts to cli options or typescript: true to programmatic options. Model usage in a ts file:

// All models, can put in or extend to a db object at server init
import * as dbTables from './models/db.tables';
const tables = dbTables.getModels(sequelize); //:dbTables.ITable
// Single models
import * as dbDef from './models/db.d';
const devices:dbDef.DeviceModel = sequelize.import('./models/Device');



To set up:

  1. Create an empty database called sequelize_auto_test on your database server (sqlite excepted)

  2. Create a .env file from sample.env and set your username/password/port etc. The env is read by test/config.js

  3. Build the TypeScript from the src directory into the lib directory:

    npm run build

Then run one of the test commands below:

# for all
npm run test

# mysql only
npm run test-mysql

# postgres only
npm run test-postgres

# postgres native only
npm run test-postgres-native

# sqlite only
npm run test-sqlite


npm i sequelize-auto

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