SORM is a Scala ORM-framework designed to eliminate boilerplate code and solve the problems of scalability with a high level abstraction and a functional programming style.


  • Complete abstraction from relational concepts. You work with case classes, collections and other standard Scala data types instead of tables, rows, foreign keys and relations.
  • Complete separation of domain model from persistence layer. There are no annotations, special types or any other dependencies on persistence layer present in model declaration. This house is clear!
  • An intuitive and centralized connection-agnostic API. No tangled implicit constructions polluting your namespace and functionality scattered across multiple components. No manual management of connections.
  • Concurrency. A single SORM instance can safely be used across multiple threads and seamlessly integrates into actor-based concurrent systems, like Akka.
  • Integrated connection pooling. Scalable just by setting a “poolSize” parameter.
  • Automated schema generation.

A Quick Intro

Following is a complete example. No extra code is required for it to work.

// Declare a model:
case class Artist( name : String, genres : Set[Genre] )
case class Genre( name : String ) 

// Initialize SORM, automatically generating schema:
import sorm._
object Db extends Instance(
  entities = Set( Entity[Artist](), Entity[Genre]() ),
  url = "jdbc:h2:mem:test"

// Store values in the db:
val metal = Genre("Metal") )
val rock = Genre("Rock") ) Artist("Metallica", Set(metal, rock) ) ) Artist("Dire Straits", Set(rock) ) )

// Retrieve values from the db:
// Option[Artist with Persisted]:
val metallica = Db.query[Artist].whereEqual("name", "Metallica").fetchOne() 
// Stream[Artist with Persisted]:
val rockArtists = Db.query[Artist].whereEqual("", "Rock").fetch()

Installation and Latest Release Info

Latest release info and installation instructions are provided at the project’s GitHub page.

Learn More

You can see how SORM compares to Slick here or continue on to a more comprehensive Tutorial. For detailed documentation please visit this page or learn the API (you’re really interested in the contents of a plain sorm._ package only).

Support and Issues

If you have a question concerning how to use SORM, post it on StackOverflow under a tag “sorm”.

If you come across any issue, have a suggestion or a feature request, please, post it on the project’s Issue Tracker.