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Version: 2.7

Usage with MongoDB

To use mikro-orm with mongo database, do not forget to install mongodb dependency. As MongoDriver is the default one, you do not need to provide it.

Then call MikroORM.init as part of bootstrapping your app:

const orm = await MikroORM.init({
entitiesDirs: ['entities'], // relative to `baseDir`
dbName: 'my-db-name',
clientUrl: '...',

Defining entity

When defining entity, do not forget to define primary key like this:

_id: ObjectID;

ObjectID and string id duality

Every entity has both ObjectID and string id available, also all methods of EntityManager and EntityRepository supports querying by both of them.

const author = orm.em.getReference('');
console.log(; // returns ''
console.log(author._id); // returns ObjectID('')

// all of those will return the same results
const article = '...article id...'; // string id
const book = ' id...'; // string id
const repo = orm.em.getRepository(Author);
const foo1 = await repo.find({ id: { $in: [article] }, favouriteBook: book });
const bar1 = await repo.find({ id: { $in: [new ObjectID(article)] }, favouriteBook: new ObjectID(book) });
const foo2 = await repo.find({ _id: { $in: [article] }, favouriteBook: book });
const bar2 = await repo.find({ _id: { $in: [new ObjectID(article)] }, favouriteBook: new ObjectID(book) });

ManyToMany collections with inlined pivot array

As opposed to SQL drivers that use pivot tables, in mongo we can leverage available array type to store array of collection items (identifiers). This approach has two main benefits:

  1. Collection is stored on owning side entity, so we know how many items are there even before initializing the collection.
  2. As there are no pivot tables, resulting database queries are much simpler.

Native collection methods

Sometimes you need to perform some bulk operation, or you just want to populate your database with initial fixtures. Using ORM for such operations can bring unnecessary boilerplate code. In this case, you can use one of nativeInsert/nativeUpdate/nativeDelete methods:

EntityManager.nativeInsert<T extends IEntity>(entityName: string, data: any): Promise<IPrimaryKey>;
EntityManager.nativeUpdate<T extends IEntity>(entityName: string, where: FilterQuery<T>, data: any): Promise<number>;
EntityManager.nativeDelete<T extends IEntity>(entityName: string, where: FilterQuery<T> | any): Promise<number>;

Those methods execute native driver methods like Mongo's insertOne/updateMany/deleteMany collection methods respectively. This is common interface for all drivers, so for MySQL driver, it will fire native SQL queries. Keep in mind that they do not hydrate results to entities, and they do not trigger lifecycle hooks.

They are also available as EntityRepository shortcuts:

EntityRepository.nativeInsert(data: any): Promise<IPrimaryKey>;
EntityRepository.nativeUpdate(where: FilterQuery<T>, data: any): Promise<number>;
EntityRepository.nativeDelete(where: FilterQuery<T> | any): Promise<number>;

There is also shortcut for calling aggregate method:

EntityManager.aggregate(entityName: string, pipeline: any[]): Promise<any[]>;
EntityRepository.aggregate(pipeline: any[]): Promise<any[]>;