Version 2.4

Database Core

Nette Database Core je is database abstraction layer and provides core functionality.

Connection and Configuration

To connect to the database, simply create an instance of the Nette\Database\Connection class:

$database = new Nette\Database\Connection($dsn, $user, $password);

The $dsn (data source name) parameter is the same as used by PDO, eg host=;dbname=test. In the case of failure it throws Nette\Database\ConnectionException.

However, a more sophisticated way offers application configuration. We will add a database section and it creates the required objects and a database panel in the Tracy bar.

    dsn: 'mysql:host=;dbname=test'
    user: root
    password: password

The connection object we receive as a service from a DI container, for example:

class Model
    private $database;

    // pass Nette\Database\Context to work with the Database Explorer layer
    public function __construct(Nette\Database\Connection $database)
        $this->database = $database;

For more information, see Advanced Connection Settings.


To query database use query() method that returns ResultSet.

$result = $database->query('SELECT name FROM users');

foreach ($result as $row) {
    echo $row->name;

echo $result->getRowCount(); // returns the number of rows if is known

Over the ResultSet is possible to iterate only once, if we need to iterate multiple times, it is necessary to convert the result to the array via fetchAll() method.

You can easily add parameters to the query, note the question mark:

$database->query('SELECT * FROM users WHERE name = ?', $name);

$database->query('SELECT * FROM users WHERE name = ? AND active = ?', $name, $active);

$database->query('SELECT * FROM users WHERE id IN (?)', $ids); // $ids is array

WARNING, never concatenate stringss to avoid SQL injection vulnerability!

$database->query('SELECT * FROM users WHERE name = ' . $name); // WRONG!!!

In addition to query(), there are other useful methods:

// returns the associative array id => name
$pairs = $database->fetchAssoc('SELECT id, name FROM users');

// returns all rows as array
$rows = $result->fetchAll('SELECT * FROM users');

// returns single row
$row = $result->fetch('SELECT * FROM users WHERE id = ?', $id);

// return single field
$name = $result->fetchField('SELECT name FROM users WHERE id = ?', $id);

In case of failure, all of these methods throw Nette\Database\DriverException.

Insert, Update & Delete

// INSERT INTO users (`name`, `year`) VALUES ('Jim', 1978)
$database->query('INSERT INTO users', [ // here can be omitted question mark
    'name' => $name,
    'year' => $year,

$id = $database->getInsertId(); // returns the auto-increment of inserted row

$id = $database->getInsertId($sequence); // or sequence value

Multiple insert:

// INSERT INTO users (`name`, `year`) VALUES ('Jim', 1978), ('Jack', 1987)
$database->query('INSERT INTO users', [
    'name' => 'Jim',
    'year' => 1978,
], [
    'name' => 'Jack',
    'year' => 1987,

Insert or update, if it already exists:

// INSERT INTO users (`id`, `name`, `year`) VALUES (123, 'Jim', 1978)
//   ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE `year` = 1978
$database->query('INSERT INTO users', [
    'id' => $id,
    'name' => $name,
    'year' => $year,
    'year' => $year,

Update rows:

// UPDATE users SET `name` = 'Jim', `year` = 1978 WHERE id = 123
$result = $database->query('UPDATE users SET', [
    'name' => $name,
    'year' => $year,
], 'WHERE id = ?', $id);

echo $result->getRowCount(); // returns the number of affected rows


$result = $database->query('DELETE FROM users WHERE id = ?', $id);
echo $result->getRowCount(); // returns the number of affected rows

In the case of failure query() throws either Nette\Database\DriverException or one of its descendants:

Advanced queries

In queries, we can use enumerators and operators:

$result = $database->query('SELECT * FROM users WHERE ?', [
    'name' => $names, // ['Jim', 'Jack'],
    'year >' => $year, // note operator >
    'role NOT IN' => ['admin', 'owner'],
//    `name` IN ('Jim', 'Jack')
//    AND `year` > 1978
//    AND `role` NOT IN ('admin', 'owner')

By default, conditions are linked by the AND operator, which can be changed using ?or:

$result = $database->query('SELECT * FROM users WHERE ?or', [
    'name' => $name,
    'year >' => $year,
// SELECT * FROM users WHERE `name` = 'Jim' OR `year` > 1978

For more complex combinations we will use the so-called SQL literals:

$result = $database->query('SELECT * FROM users WHERE ?', [
    'name' => $name,
    $database::literal('year > ? AND year < ?', $min, $max),
// SELECT * FROM users WHERE `name` = 'Jim' AND (year > 1978 AND year < 2017)


$result = $database->query('SELECT * FROM users WHERE ?', [
    'name' => $name,
    $database::literal('?or', [
        'active' => true,
        'role' => $role,
// SELECT * FROM users WHERE `name` = 'Jim' AND (`active` = 1 OR `role` = 'admin')

And that's not all, we can also use files or DateTime objects:

$database->query('INSERT INTO users', [
    'name' => $name,
    'created' => new DateTime, // or $database::literal('NOW()')
    'avatar' => fopen('image.gif', 'r'), // inserts file contents

For UPDATE, we can use operators += a -=:

$database->query('UPDATE users SET', [
    'age+=' => 1, // note +=
    'name' => $database::literal('UPPER(name)'),
], 'WHERE id = ?', $id);
// UPDATE users SET `age` = `age` + 1 , `name` = UPPER(name) WHERE id = 123

Parameters can also be used for sorting:

$result = $database->query('SELECT * FROM users ORDER BY', [
    'name' => true, // ascending
    'year' => false, // descending
// SELECT * FROM users ORDER BY `name`, `year` DESC

Select from a table or column whose name is in the variable (be careful not to allow the user to manipulate the content of the variable):

$table = 'users';
$column = 'name';
$result = $database->query('SELECT * FROM ?name WHERE ?name = ?', $table, $column, $value);
// SELECT * FROM `users` WHERE `name` = 'Jim'


There are three methods for dealing with transactions:




Advanced Connection Settings

The following settings can be defined in the configuration file:

    dsn: 'mysql:host=;dbname=test'
    user: root
    password: password
        lazy: true  # establish a connection when it is needed for the first time
        driverClass:  .... # class database driver
    debugger: true         # show panel in Tracy baru
    explain:  true         # show query explains in Tracy bar
    autowired: true # enabled for first defined connection
    conventions: discovered # or 'static' or class name, the default is 'discovered'

In the options option (it is 4th parameter of Connection constructor), you can specify additional values ​​found in the PDO drivers documentation.

In the configuration file, we can define more than one database connection:

        dsn: 'mysql:host=;dbname=test'
        user: root
        password: password

        dsn: 'sqlite::memory:'

Each connection defined in this way creates two services – the Nette\Database\Connection object named as database.[NAME].connection (in our case, database.main.connection and database.anotherDb.connection) and the Nette\Database\Context object named as database.[NAME].context that is used when working with the Database Explorer layer.

First connection services are passed through autowiring, however we can turn it off by autowired: no, and turn on for another connection via autowired: yes.

Other non-autowired connections can be passed explicitly in the configuration:

    - UserManager(@database.anotherDb.connection) # or @database.anotherDb.context