snipsco / play-mongo-bson   0.5.2

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Scala client for MongoDB using macros for case class serialization/deserialization

Scala versions: 2.13 2.12 2.11

Play Mongo BSON

Build Status License: MIT

A Scala MongoDB Object-Document-Mapper for Play Framework using macros to serialize/deserialize case class as BSON documents. The idea is to get something similar to salat.

Salat was good in that it was a "small" library and not a full blown driver, but is ageing bad: it was based on bytecode analysis and bytecode generation whereas Scala compiler macros can be used now (simpler build, no more issues with type elision). Also it was still bound (by the BSON types) to the "old" synchronous MongoDB API.

Alternative projects are offering full driver and object mapping solution but now that the official driver is asynchronous, they feel less relevant. Also, they are re-inventing the whole API instead of sticking to the official MongoDB line: same API for all drivers. This is getting frustrating when switching between languages constantly.


Import play-mongo-bson in your project. Only Scala 2.12 and 2.13 is supported.

You will need to provide also Scala mongo driver.

resolvers ++= Seq(
  "Sonatype OSS" at ""

libraryDependencies ++= Seq(
  "ai.snips" %% "play-mongo-bson" % "0.5.1",
  "org.mongodb.scala" %% "mongo-scala-driver" % "2.6.0"


  • extend BaseDAO[_] by specifying you data class.
  • register you case case in the codec registry using CodecGen.
  • declare your mongo collection.
class SampleDataDAO @Inject()(val dbContext: DatabaseContext)
                             (implicit ec: ExecutionContext) extends BaseDAO[SampleData] {


  val db = dbContext.database("sample_db")

  override val collection = db.getCollection[SampleData]("sample_data")


Provide "mongodb.uri" in application.conf, if not provided "mongodb://localhost" will be used.


Go to sample project (HomeController, SampleDataDAO) on how to use it

Supported types

  • String
  • Boolean
  • Int
  • Long
  • Double
  • ObjectId
  • UUID
  • Enumeration
  • java.time.Instant
  • Option[_]
  • Either[_,_]
  • Seq[_]
  • Set[_]
  • List[_]
  • Map[_,_]
  • Simple monomorphic and non recursive ADTs
case class Point(x: Int, y: Int)

sealed trait Shape
final case class Rectangle(bottomLeft: Point, topRight: Point) extends Shape
final case class Circle(center: Point, radius: Int) extends Shape
final case object Empty extends Shape

Default values are not yet supported (eg. case class Foo(bar: Int = 12))

Publishing release

sbt "project lib" release

This will publish artifacts in release and create a new snapshot.


Licensed under MIT license (LICENSE or