Anorm VS ScalikeJDBC

Compare Anorm vs ScalikeJDBC and see what are their differences.


The Anorm database library (by playframework)


A tidy SQL-based DB access library for Scala developers. This library naturally wraps JDBC APIs and provides you easy-to-use APIs. (by scalikejdbc)
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Anorm ScalikeJDBC
1 4
226 1,243
0.4% 0.2%
8.7 6.8
4 days ago about 21 hours ago
Scala Scala
Apache License 2.0 Apache License 2.0
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Posts with mentions or reviews of Anorm. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-08-31.


Posts with mentions or reviews of ScalikeJDBC. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-02-24.
  • Query DSL in Scala 3
    2 projects | /r/scala | 24 Feb 2021
  • From First Principles: Why Scala?
    11 projects | | 11 Feb 2021
    I have had poor experiences with "fancy" SQL libraries in multiple languages when I go past basic operations. This includes Slick and Quill in Scala.

    I don't remember what the problems were with Slick that leave such a bad feeling when I hear its name -- that was 5 years ago -- but I had problems with Quill just last year. I was trying to use it to generate an efficient "in" query against a two column composite primary key, and nothing seemed to work. Since it uses macro magic, one of my attempts triggered an internal compiler error instead of normal compiler feedback.

    I ended up dropping Quill for ScalikeJDBC:

    It seems to be less popular/active than other libraries, but it is dead simple to use, even for developers new to Scala. I write exactly the SQL I want just like I would in psql. There is little-to-no magic [1]. I think that the only slightly magical feature I use is ensure that variable interpolation into SQL ("SQLInterpolation") prevents injection attacks.

    [1] It actually has capabilities to automatically map tables/columns into different structures and generate code for you, but my team doesn't use any of that. We just write SQL.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Anorm and ScalikeJDBC you can also consider the following projects:

Slick - Slick (Scala Language Integrated Connection Kit) is a modern database query and access library for Scala

doobie - Functional JDBC layer for Scala.

Quill - Compile-time Language Integrated Queries for Scala

Squeryl - A Scala DSL for talking with databases with minimum verbosity and maximum type safety

AnormCypher - Neo4j Scala library based on Anorm in the Play Framework

Relate - Performant database access in Scala

SwayDB - Persistent and in-memory key-value storage engine for JVM that scales on a single machine.

Casbah - Casbah is now officially end-of-life (EOL).