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Datahike Babashka Pod

With the help of the Datahike cli we provide the possibility to run Datahike as ababashka pod.

Why Datahike as a babashka pod?

A babashka pod is a way to use Datahike in babashka without Datahike being built into the babashka binary. When you don't want to run a whole JVM for a little script you can use babashka and write your script in your preferred language. Babashka already has ways to persist data to other databases but Datahike adds the possibility to write to a durable datalog database.


We plan to provide the native binaries of Datahike via GitHub-Releases in the future. Unfortunately you have to compile it yourself for now. To do that you need to clone the Datahike repository, have babashka and clojure as well as a JDK installed.

Then please run bb ni-cli inside the datahike repository.


This feature is not used in production so far. Please try it and open issues on GitHub if you find a problem.

Supported functionality

  • as-of
  • connect
  • create-database
  • database-exists?
  • datoms (returns a seq of datoms as maps)
  • db
  • db-with
  • delete-database
  • entity (returns a simple map without further functionality)
  • history
  • metrics
  • pull
  • pull-many
  • q
  • release-db (release the DB-object to free memory)
  • since
  • schema
  • transact (returns the transaction-report as map)
  • with-db (a macro that avoids storing the DB-object)

Example usage

(ns pod
  (:require [babashka.pods :as pods]))

(pods/load-pod "./dthk")

(require '[datahike.pod :as d])

(def config {:store  {:backend :file
                      :path "/tmp/bb-datahike-pod"}
             :keep-history? true
             :schema-flexibility :read})

(d/delete-database config)

(d/create-database config)

(def conn (d/connect config))

(d/transact conn [{:name  "Alice", :age   20}
                  {:name  "Bob", :age   30}
                  {:name  "Charlie", :age   40}
                  {:age 15}])

(def db (d/db conn))

(d/q '[:find ?e ?n ?a
       [?e :name ?n]
       [?e :age ?a]]

(release-db db)

(d/pull (d/db conn) '[*] 3)

(with-db [db (db conn)]
  (q {:query '{:find [?e ?a ?v]
      [[?e ?a ?v]]}}

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