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DBIx::Class - Extensible and flexible object <-> relational mapper.


See DBIx::Class::Manual::DocMap for an overview of the exhaustive documentation. To get the most out of DBIx::Class with the least confusion it is strongly recommended to read (at the very least) the Manuals in the order presented there.


Due to the sheer size of its problem domain, DBIx::Class is a relatively complex framework. After you start using DBIx::Class questions will inevitably arise. If you are stuck with a problem or have doubts about a particular approach do not hesitate to contact us via any of the following options (the list is sorted by "fastest response time"):


For the very impatient: DBIx::Class::Manual::QuickStart

This code in the next step can be generated automatically from an existing database, see dbicdump from the distribution DBIx-Class-Schema-Loader.

Schema classes preparation

Create a schema class called MyApp/

  package MyApp::Schema;
  use base qw/DBIx::Class::Schema/;



Create a result class to represent artists, who have many CDs, in MyApp/Schema/Result/

See DBIx::Class::ResultSource for docs on defining result classes.

  package MyApp::Schema::Result::Artist;
  use base qw/DBIx::Class::Core/;

  __PACKAGE__->add_columns(qw/ artistid name /);
  __PACKAGE__->has_many(cds => 'MyApp::Schema::Result::CD', 'artistid');


A result class to represent a CD, which belongs to an artist, in MyApp/Schema/Result/

  package MyApp::Schema::Result::CD;
  use base qw/DBIx::Class::Core/;

  __PACKAGE__->add_columns(qw/ cdid artistid title year /);
  __PACKAGE__->belongs_to(artist => 'MyApp::Schema::Result::Artist', 'artistid');


API usage

Then you can use these classes in your application's code:

  # Connect to your database.
  use MyApp::Schema;
  my $schema = MyApp::Schema->connect($dbi_dsn, $user, $pass, \%dbi_params);

  # Query for all artists and put them in an array,
  # or retrieve them as a result set object.
  # $schema->resultset returns a DBIx::Class::ResultSet
  my @all_artists = $schema->resultset('Artist')->all;
  my $all_artists_rs = $schema->resultset('Artist');

  # Output all artists names
  # $artist here is a DBIx::Class::Row, which has accessors
  # for all its columns. Rows are also subclasses of your Result class.
  foreach $artist (@all_artists) {
    print $artist->name, "\n";

  # Create a result set to search for artists.
  # This does not query the DB.
  my $johns_rs = $schema->resultset('Artist')->search(
    # Build your WHERE using an SQL::Abstract::Classic-compatible structure:
    { name => { like => 'John%' } }

  # Execute a joined query to get the cds.
  my @all_john_cds = $johns_rs->search_related('cds')->all;

  # Fetch the next available row.
  my $first_john = $johns_rs->next;

  # Specify ORDER BY on the query.
  my $first_john_cds_by_title_rs = $first_john->cds(
    { order_by => 'title' }

  # Create a result set that will fetch the artist data
  # at the same time as it fetches CDs, using only one query.
  my $millennium_cds_rs = $schema->resultset('CD')->search(
    { year => 2000 },
    { prefetch => 'artist' }

  my $cd = $millennium_cds_rs->next; # SELECT ... FROM cds JOIN artists ...
  my $cd_artist_name = $cd->artist->name; # Already has the data so no 2nd query

  # new() makes a Result object but doesn't insert it into the DB.
  # create() is the same as new() then insert().
  my $new_cd = $schema->resultset('CD')->new({ title => 'Spoon' });
  $new_cd->insert; # Auto-increment primary key filled in after INSERT

  $schema->txn_do(sub { $new_cd->update }); # Runs the update in a transaction

  # change the year of all the millennium CDs at once
  $millennium_cds_rs->update({ year => 2002 });


This is an SQL to OO mapper with an object API inspired by Class::DBI (with a compatibility layer as a springboard for porting) and a resultset API that allows abstract encapsulation of database operations. It aims to make representing queries in your code as perl-ish as possible while still providing access to as many of the capabilities of the database as possible, including retrieving related records from multiple tables in a single query, JOIN, LEFT JOIN, COUNT, DISTINCT, GROUP BY, ORDER BY and HAVING support.

DBIx::Class can handle multi-column primary and foreign keys, complex queries and database-level paging, and does its best to only query the database in order to return something you've directly asked for. If a resultset is used as an iterator it only fetches rows off the statement handle as requested in order to minimise memory usage. It has auto-increment support for SQLite, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, SQL Server and DB2 and is known to be used in production on at least the first four, and is fork- and thread-safe out of the box (although your DBD may not be).

This project is still under rapid development, so large new features may be marked experimental - such APIs are still usable but may have edge bugs. Failing test cases are always welcome and point releases are put out rapidly as bugs are found and fixed.

We do our best to maintain full backwards compatibility for published APIs, since DBIx::Class is used in production in many organisations, and even backwards incompatible changes to non-published APIs will be fixed if they're reported and doing so doesn't cost the codebase anything.

The test suite is quite substantial, and several developer releases are generally made to CPAN before the branch for the next release is merged back to trunk for a major release.


Contributions are always welcome, in all usable forms (we especially welcome documentation improvements). The delivery methods include git- or unified-diff formatted patches, GitHub pull requests, or plain bug reports either via RT or the Mailing list. Do not hesitate to get in touch with any further questions you may have.

This project is maintained in a git repository. The code and related tools are accessible at the following locations:


Even though a large portion of the source appears to be written by just a handful of people, this library continues to remain a collaborative effort - perhaps one of the most successful such projects on CPAN. It is important to remember that ideas do not always result in a direct code contribution, but deserve acknowledgement just the same. Time and time again the seemingly most insignificant questions and suggestions have been shown to catalyze monumental improvements in consistency, accuracy and performance.

List of the awesome contributors who made DBIC v0.082843 possible

    abraxxa: Alexander Hartmaier <>

    acca: Alexander Kuznetsov <>

    acme: Leon Brocard <>

    aherzog: Adam Herzog <>

    Alexander Keusch <>

    alexrj: Alessandro Ranellucci <>

    alnewkirk: Al Newkirk <>

    Altreus: Alastair McGowan-Douglas <>

    amiri: Amiri Barksdale <>

    amoore: Andrew Moore <>

    Andrew Mehta <>

    andrewalker: Andre Walker <>

    andyg: Andy Grundman <>

    ank: Andres Kievsky <>

    arc: Aaron Crane <>

    arcanez: Justin Hunter <>

    ash: Ash Berlin <>

    bert: Norbert Csongrádi <>

    bfwg: Colin Newell <>

    blblack: Brandon L. Black <>

    bluefeet: Aran Deltac <>

    boghead: Bryan Beeley <>

    bphillips: Brian Phillips <>

    brd: Brad Davis <>

    Brian Kirkbride <>

    bricas: Brian Cassidy <>

    brunov: Bruno Vecchi <>

    caelum: Rafael Kitover <>

    caldrin: Maik Hentsche <>

    castaway: Jess Robinson <>

    chorny: Alexandr Ciornii <>

    cj: C.J. Adams-Collier <>

    claco: Christopher H. Laco <>

    clkao: CL Kao <>


    da5id: David Jack Olrik <>

    dams: Damien Krotkine <>

    dandv: Dan Dascalescu <>

    dariusj: Darius Jokilehto <>

    davewood: David Schmidt <>

    daxim: Lars Dɪᴇᴄᴋᴏᴡ 迪拉斯 <>

    dduncan: Darren Duncan <>

    debolaz: Anders Nor Berle <>

    dew: Dan Thomas <>

    dim0xff: Dmitry Latin <>

    dkubb: Dan Kubb <>

    dnm: Justin Wheeler <>

    dpetrov: Dimitar Petrov <>

    Dr^ZigMan: Robert Stone <>

    dsteinbrunner: David Steinbrunner <>

    duncan_dmg: Duncan Garland <>

    dwc: Daniel Westermann-Clark <>

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    kaare: Kaare Rasmussen

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    konobi: Scott McWhirter <>

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    mateu: Mateu X. Hunter <>

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    mattlaw: Matt Lawrence

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    melo: Pedro Melo <>

    metaperl: Terrence Brannon <>

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    milki: Jonathan Chu <>

    minty: Murray Walker <>

    mithaldu: Christian Walde <>

    mjemmeson: Michael Jemmeson <>

    mna: Maya

    mo: Moritz Onken <>

    moltar: Roman Filippov <>

    moritz: Moritz Lenz <>

    mrf: Mike Francis <>

    mst: Matt S. Trout <>

    mstratman: Mark A. Stratman <>

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    nothingmuch: Yuval Kogman <>

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    Robert Krimen <>

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    robkinyon: Rob Kinyon <>

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    Zefram: Andrew Main <>

The canonical source of authors and their details is the AUTHORS file at the root of this distribution (or repository). The canonical source of per-line authorship is the git repository history itself.


Copyright (c) 2005 by mst, castaway, ribasushi, and other DBIx::Class "AUTHORS" as listed above and in AUTHORS.

This library is free software and may be distributed under the same terms as perl5 itself. See LICENSE for the complete licensing terms.