# Getting started

To use objection.js all you need to do is initialize knex (opens new window) and give the created knex instance to objection.js using Model.knex(knex). Doing this installs the knex instance globally for all models (even the ones that have not been created yet). If you need to use multiple databases check out our multi-tenancy recipe.

The next step is to create some migrations and models and start using objection.js. The best way to get started is to check out one of our example projects:

git clone git@github.com:Vincit/objection.js.git objection
cd objection/examples/minimal
npm install
npm start
git clone git@github.com:Vincit/objection.js.git objection
cd objection/examples/koa
npm install
npm start

We also have a typescript version (opens new window) of the example.

Also check out our API reference and recipe book.

If installing the example project seems like too much work, here is a simple standalone example. Just copy this into a file and run it:

// run the following command to install:
// npm install objection knex sqlite3

const { Model } = require('objection');
const Knex = require('knex');

// Initialize knex.
const knex = Knex({
  client: 'sqlite3',
  useNullAsDefault: true,
  connection: {
    filename: 'example.db'

// Give the knex instance to objection.

// Person model.
class Person extends Model {
  static get tableName() {
    return 'persons';

  static get relationMappings() {
    return {
      children: {
        relation: Model.HasManyRelation,
        modelClass: Person,
        join: {
          from: 'persons.id',
          to: 'persons.parentId'

async function createSchema() {
  if (await knex.schema.hasTable('persons')) {

  // Create database schema. You should use knex migration files
  // to do this. We create it here for simplicity.
  await knex.schema.createTable('persons', table => {

async function main() {
  // Create some people.
  const sylvester = await Person.query().insertGraph({
    firstName: 'Sylvester',

    children: [
        firstName: 'Sage'
        firstName: 'Sophia'

  console.log('created:', sylvester);

  // Fetch all people named Sylvester and sort them by id.
  // Load `children` relation eagerly.
  const sylvesters = await Person.query()
    .where('firstName', 'Sylvester')

  console.log('sylvesters:', sylvesters);

  .then(() => main())
  .then(() => knex.destroy())
  .catch(err => {
    return knex.destroy();