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Generate Scala code from your database to use with the incredible library quill. Only tested with postgresql, but could in theory work with any jdbc compliant database.

What does it do?

Say you have some database with this schema

create table test_user(
  id integer not null,
  name varchar(255),
  primary key (id)

create table article(
  id integer not null,
  author_id integer,
  is_published boolean

  ADD CONSTRAINT author_id_fk
  FOREIGN KEY (author_id)
  REFERENCES test_user (id);

scala-db-codegen will then generate "type all the things!" code like this

package com.geirsson.codegen
import java.util.Date
import io.getquill.WrappedValue

object Tables {
  // Article
  case class Article(id: Article.Id, authorId: Option[TestUser.Id], isPublished: Option[Article.IsPublished])
  object Article {
    def create(id: Int, authorId: Option[Int], isPublished: Option[Boolean]): Article = {
    case class Id(value: Int)              extends AnyVal with WrappedValue[Int]
    case class IsPublished(value: Boolean) extends AnyVal with WrappedValue[Boolean]

  // TestUser
  case class TestUser(id: TestUser.Id, name: Option[TestUser.Name])
  object TestUser {
    def create(id: Int, name: Option[String]): TestUser = {
    case class Id(value: Int)      extends AnyVal with WrappedValue[Int]
    case class Name(value: String) extends AnyVal with WrappedValue[String]

Type all the things!

It could in theory also generate the code differently.


Download 13kb bootstrap script scala-db-codegen and execute it. The script will download all dependencies on first execution.

# print to stdout, works with running postgres instance on
# localhost:5432 with user "postgres", password "postgres" and database "postgres"
$ scala-db-codegen
# Override any default settings with flags.
$ scala-db-codegen --user myuser --password mypassword --url jdbc:postgresql://myhost:8888/postgres --file Tables.scala --type-map "bool,Boolean;int4,Int;int8,Long"

For more details:

$ scala-db-codegen --help
Usage: scala-db-codegen [options]
        Print usage and exit
  --help | -h
        Print help message and exit
  --user  <value>
        user on database server
  --password  <value>
        password for user on database server
  --url  <value>
        jdbc url
  --schema  <value>
        schema on database
  --jdbc-driver  <value>
        only tested with postgresql
  --imports  <value>
        top level imports of generated file
  --package  <value>
        package name for generated classes
  --type-map  <value>
        Which types should write to which types? Format is: numeric,BigDecimal;int8,Long;...
  --excluded-tables  <value>
        Do not generate classes for these tables.
  --file  <value>
        Write generated code to this filename. Prints to stdout if not set.

Standalone library


// 2.11 only
libraryDependencies += "com.geirsson" %% "scala-db-codegen" % "<version>"

Consult the source code, at least for now ;)


Clone this repo into a subdirectory of your project. In your build.sbt:

import sbt.Project.projectToRef
lazy val `scala-db-codegen` = ProjectRef(file("scala-db-codegen"), "scala-db-codegen")
lazy val codegen = project.dependsOn(`scala-db-codegen`)

Run from sbt:

codegen/runMain com.geirsson.codegen.Codegen --package tables --file myfile.scala

Hack on the code to further customize to your needs.

Why not slick-codgen?

The Slick code generator is excellent and please use that if you are using Slick. Really, the slick codegenerator is extremely customizable and can probably even do stuff that this library does.

I created this library because I struggled to get the slick code generator to do exactly what I wanted. Instead of learning more about slick models and which methods to override on the slick code generator, I decided to roll my own code generator and hopefully learn more about jdbc along the way :)



  • No longer abort on missing key in --type-map, see #3. Thanks @nightscape!


  • Map nullable columns to Option types.
  • Rename maven artifact name to scala-db-codegen for consistency.


  • Basic code generation
  • Command line interface