bonsaidb VS litestream

Compare bonsaidb vs litestream and see what are their differences.


A developer-friendly document database that grows with you, written in Rust (by khonsulabs)


Streaming replication for SQLite. (by benbjohnson)
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bonsaidb litestream
25 157
917 9,152
1.4% -
0.0 0.0
2 days ago 11 days ago
Rust Go
Apache License 2.0 Apache License 2.0
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Posts with mentions or reviews of bonsaidb. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-12-27.


Posts with mentions or reviews of litestream. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-10-27.
  • Why you should probably be using SQLite
    8 projects | | 27 Oct 2023
    One possible strategy is to have one directory/file per customer which is one SQLite file. But then as the user logs in, you have to look up first what database they should be connected to.

    OR somehow derive it from the user ID/username. Keeping all the customer databases in a single directory/disk and then constantly "lite streaming" to S3.

    Because each user is isolated, they'll be writing to their own database. But migrations would be a pain. They will have to be rolled out to each database separately.

    One upside is, you can give users the ability to take their data with them, any time. It is just a single file.


  • Monitor your Websites and Apps using Uptime Kuma
    6 projects | | 11 Oct 2023
    # Builder image FROM as BUILDER RUN apk add --no-cache curl jq tar RUN export LITESTREAM_VERSION=$(curl --silent | jq -r .tag_name) && curl -L${LITESTREAM_VERSION}/litestream-${LITESTREAM_VERSION}-linux-amd64.tar.gz -o litestream.tar.gz && tar xzvf litestream.tar.gz # Main image FROM as KUMA ARG UPTIME_KUMA_PORT=3001 WORKDIR /app RUN mkdir -p /app/data COPY --from=BUILDER /litestream /usr/local/bin/litestream COPY litestream.yml /etc/litestream.yml COPY /usr/local/bin/ EXPOSE ${UPTIME_KUMA_PORT} CMD [ "/usr/local/bin/" ]
    6 projects | | 11 Oct 2023
    Upstream Kuma uses a local SQLite database to store account data, configuration for services to monitor, notification settings, and more. To make sure that our data is available across redeploys, we will bundle Uptime Kuma with Litestream, a project that implements streaming replication for SQLite databases to a remote object storage provider. Effectively, this allows us to treat the local SQLite database as if it were securely stored in a remote database.
  • Backup Grafana SQLite with Litestream using s6-overlay in a container app
    4 projects | | 7 Oct 2023
    FROM # Set USER to root escalating priviliges to perform installation of litestream and s6-overlay USER root RUN apt-get -qq update && \ apt-get -qq install -y xz-utils \ && rm -rf /var/libs/apt/lists/* # # Download the static build of Litestream directly into the path & make it executable. ADD /tmp/litestream.tar.gz RUN tar -C / -xvzf /tmp/litestream.tar.gz ARG S6_OVERLAY_VERSION="" # Download the s6-overlay for process supervision. ADD${S6_OVERLAY_VERSION}/s6-overlay-noarch.tar.xz /tmp RUN tar -C / -Jxpf /tmp/s6-overlay-noarch.tar.xz ADD${S6_OVERLAY_VERSION}/s6-overlay-x86_64.tar.xz /tmp RUN tar -C / -Jxpf /tmp/s6-overlay-x86_64.tar.xz # Copy s6 init & service definitions. COPY etc/s6-overlay /etc/s6-overlay # Copy Litestream configuration file. COPY etc/litestream.yml /etc/litestream.yml # The kill grace time is set to zero because our app handles shutdown through SIGTERM. ENV S6_KILL_GRACETIME=0 # Sync disks is enabled so that data is properly flushed. ENV S6_SYNC_DISKS=1 # Reset USER to 472 to reset the escalated privileges USER 472 # # Run the s6 init process on entry. ENTRYPOINT [ "/init" ]
    4 projects | | 7 Oct 2023
    Litestream is a game changer allowing to backup all your changes to a an s3 compatible cloud storage at 1sec intervals using the WAL all done via the API and not interacting with the DB itself to avoid corruption or impacting performance.
  • An Introduction to LiteStack for Ruby on Rails
    5 projects | | 4 Oct 2023
    Recently, though, it has attracted a lot of experimentation and extensions. One of the most popular extensions is Litestream, which can recover stream changes to an S3-compatible bucket. This means you get a replica of your production database at a very cheap price point and can recover from failure anytime.
  • Show HN: My Single-File Python Script I Used to Replace Splunk in My Startup
    6 projects | | 21 Sep 2023
    Not only that, but with things becomes even more interesting.

    I'm currently using this for a small application to easily backup databases in docker containers.

  • Postgres cluster went down for 3 days, no word from them about it
    9 projects | | 20 Jul 2023
  • Mycelite: SQLite extension to synchronize changes across SQLite instances
    8 projects | | 25 Jun 2023
    Be interested to hear a comparison between this lib and litestream/litefs, which seem to be actively developed by for a similar use case

  • The Stupid Programmer Manifesto
    3 projects | | 15 Jun 2023
    I mean, not really. The hard work was done by benbjohnson who is now working on and

    I put a relatively thin layer on top of it.

    Now, to address your point more directly: I'm too stupid to figure out configuration, but not too stupid to figure out code. Code gets compiled and type checked. You can have tests, etc. Tractability for code is much higher than configuration.

    With configuration, you have to be really smart and keep many moving parts in your head.

    With code, you can be a bit dumb and lean heavily on the tooling.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing bonsaidb and litestream you can also consider the following projects:

rqlite - The lightweight, distributed relational database built on SQLite

pocketbase - Open Source realtime backend in 1 file

realtime - Broadcast, Presence, and Postgres Changes via WebSockets

k8s-mediaserver-operator - Repository for k8s Mediaserver Operator project

sqlcipher - SQLCipher is a standalone fork of SQLite that adds 256 bit AES encryption of database files and other security features.

flyctl - Command line tools for services

datasette - An open source multi-tool for exploring and publishing data

PostgreSQL - Mirror of the official PostgreSQL GIT repository. Note that this is just a *mirror* - we don't work with pull requests on github. To contribute, please see

litefs - FUSE-based file system for replicating SQLite databases across a cluster of machines

sql.js - A javascript library to run SQLite on the web.

dqlite - Embeddable, replicated and fault tolerant SQL engine.

Bedrock - Rock solid distributed database specializing in active/active automatic failover and WAN replication