Massive.js is a data mapper for Node.js that goes all in on PostgreSQL and fully embraces the power and flexibility of the SQL language and relational metaphors. Providing minimal abstractions for the interfaces and tools you already use, its goal is to do just enough to make working with your data as easy and intuitive as possible, then get out of your way.

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Get Started

npm install massive --save

Starting with version 3, Massive requires ES6 support and uses Promises exclusively. If you need a callback-based API or are using a pre-6.x release of Node.js, download version 2.x from the Releases page.

Examples are presented using the standard then() construction for compatibility, but use of ES2017 async and await or a flow control library such as co to manage promises is highly recommended.

Express Example

const express = require('express');
const http = require('http');
const massive = require('massive');

const app = express();

  host: '',
  port: 5432,
  database: 'appdb',
  user: 'appuser',
  password: 'apppwd'
}).then(instance => {
  app.set('db', instance);

  app.get('/', (req, res) => {'db').feed_items.find({
      'rating >': 0
    }, {
      order: 'created_at desc'
    }).then(items => {


Driver Configuration

Direct configuration of the pg-promise driver is supported by passing an initialization options object as the third argument when connecting Massive.

massive(connectionInfo, {}, {
  pgNative: true,
  capSQL: true
}).then(instance => {
  // driver options cannot be modified but are available
  // as db.driverConfig

For a full accounting of options please see the pg-promise documentation. Some especially useful configurations are listed below.

Changing the Promise Library

Massive uses ES6 promises by default. To use a different promise implementation such as Bluebird to enable long stack traces, pass the required promise module in the driver options.

const promise = require('bluebird');

massive(connectionInfo, {}, {
  promiseLib: promise
}).then(instance => {...});

Monitoring Queries

pg-monitor can help diagnose bugs and performance issues by showing all queries Massive emits to the database as they happen in realtime. Note that while the driver options are not required while initializing Massive, db.driverConfig still contains the read-only pg-promise configuration.

const massive = require('massive');
const monitor = require('pg-monitor');

massive('postgres://localhost:5432/massive').then(db => {
  monitor.attach(db.driverConfig);'select 1').then(data => {
    // monitor output appears in the console

Streaming Results

To improve performance with large result sets, you might want to consider using a stream instead of getting your results in an array all at once. This has the upside of returning something to read right away (which can be a big deal for slow queries too!), but the price is that the connection remains open until you’re done. To turn on streaming, add {stream: true} to your options object.

db.tests.find({priority: 'low'}, {stream: true}).then(stream => {
  const tests = [];

  stream.on('readable', () => {

  stream.on('end', () => {
    // do something with tests here