Compare GORM vs ent and see what are their differences.


The fantastic ORM library for Golang, aims to be developer friendly (by go-gorm)


An entity framework for Go (by facebook)
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GORM ent
20 38
25,575 8,939
2.3% 9.3%
9.2 9.7
6 days ago 6 days ago
Go Go
MIT License Apache License 2.0
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Posts with mentions or reviews of GORM. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-09-30.
  • Migrating from PHP to Go
    reddit.com/r/golang | 2021-09-30
    Do you like an ORM like eloquent for Laravel? Then I can recommend GORM https://gorm.io/
    reddit.com/r/golang | 2021-09-30
    Good ORM library: https://gorm.io/
  • 5chan - The 4chan clone
    dev.to | 2021-09-18
  • How We Went All In on sqlc/pgx for Postgres + Go
    reddit.com/r/golang | 2021-09-09
    Well, if you look at Gorm's prepare_stmt.go you see that it is a thin wrapper around a database/sql.Stmt. And if you look at database/sql.Stmt you see that it's a sort of handle to an abstract entity that it creates in the database.
  • Go, Kafka and gRPC clean architecture CQRS microservices with Jaeger tracing 👋🧑‍💻
    dev.to | 2021-08-29
    Writer service consumes kafka topics, process messages writing to postgres and publishes successfully processed messages to kafka. For working with postgres in Go in my opinion the best choose is pgx, but if you need query builder very good library is squirrel, personally don't like orm's, but usually as have seen, teams often uses gorm, it's up to you. ProcessMessages method listening kafka topics and call specific method depends on topic:
  • What Knowledge Golang Back End Developer Should Have?
    reddit.com/r/golang | 2021-08-24
    gorm's performance I believe is fairly impressive at this point. While it was bad at first, they put a lot of effort in the v2 release to make it great. Check out: https://github.com/go-gorm/gorm/issues/3055
  • Read table from database without knowng its field in golang
    reddit.com/r/golang | 2021-08-08
    Sure. You can do this, but I would honestly recommend to only do this in test code, if at all. Otherwise, you should aim to keep types and by that the according API to interact with your DB schema static and consistent. An easy way to do this would be to use an object relational mapper (ORM) library like gorm.
  • What is the best solution to unique data in golang
    reddit.com/r/golang | 2021-08-05
    Once in sqlite you can use something like https://gorm.io/ (or use a golang sqlite package like: github.com/mattn/go-sqlite3) to work with the data.
  • Database for Go projects?
    reddit.com/r/golang | 2021-06-20
    If you and your team currently don't have any specific requirements, I'd advice to choose an abstraction library that have supports for most common dbs (eg. gorm or bun) and start with whatever db you are more used to.
  • Which is the best go web framework for creating a rest api 's backend ?
    reddit.com/r/golang | 2021-06-19
    DB abstractions: - gorm - go-pg - bun - sqlx


Posts with mentions or reviews of ent. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-27.
  • Ask HN: State of PHP at Facebook
    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-10-27
    For anyone interested, it looks like there's an open-source version (close, at least) to Ent at https://github.com/ent/ent.
  • Which web framework to learn?
    reddit.com/r/golang | 2021-10-20
    I have not used Ent (https://entgo.io/) yet since I am typically anti-ORM but Ent solves things in ways that make me think I could tolerate it. The team has had really good velocity for adding things to it so I at least want to do a proof of concept with it in the future.
  • Which web framework is more preferred or "industry standard" today?
    reddit.com/r/golang | 2021-10-17
    I’ve been really happy watching the progress of the https://entgo.io/ project and expect it to gain adoption and popularity.
  • Announcing entcache - a Cache Driver for Ent
    reddit.com/r/golang | 2021-10-14
    While working on Ariga's graph query engine, we saw the opportunity to greatly improve the performance of many use cases by building a caching layer. As heavy users of the Ent Framework, it was only natural for us to implement this layer as an extension to Ent. In this post, I briefly explain what caches are, how they fit into software architectures, and present entcache - a cache driver for Ent.
  • Do you guys use frameworks with Go for backend development?
    reddit.com/r/golang | 2021-10-08
    ent with gqlgen.
  • Open source projects I can contribute to?
    reddit.com/r/golang | 2021-10-05
    If you're interested in databases and APIs (e.g. GraphQL and OpenAPI), you're welcome to Ent (github.com/ent/ent). We have a great and friendly community, and you can feel free to ping me on our Slack channel privately if you need some support or guidance. Good luck!
  • Generating OpenAPI Specification (+ Implementations!) with Ent
    reddit.com/r/golang | 2021-09-13
    In a previous blogpost, we presented to you elk - an extension to Ent enabling you to generate a fully-working Go CRUD HTTP API from your schema. In the today's post u/MasseElch introduces to you a shiny new feature that recently made it into elk: a fully compliant OpenAPI Specification (OAS) generator.
  • We Went All in on Sqlc/Pgx for Postgres and Go
    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-09-08
  • Extending Ent with the Extension API | ent
    reddit.com/r/golang | 2021-09-06
    A few months ago, u/_a8m_made a silent but highly impactful contribution to Ent's core, the Extension API. While Ent has had extension capabilities (such as Code-gen Hooks, External Templates, and Annotations) for a long time, there wasn't a convenient way to bundle together all of these moving parts into a coherent, self-contained component. The Extension API which we discuss in the post does exactly that.
  • Why no one uses graph databases?
    for reference fb does use a graph database that mimics graph properties (https://github.com/ent/ent)

What are some alternatives?

When comparing GORM and ent you can also consider the following projects:


go-pg - Golang ORM with focus on PostgreSQL features and performance

SQLBoiler - Generate a Go ORM tailored to your database schema.

beego orm

gorp - Go Relational Persistence - an ORM-ish library for Go

xorm - xorm是一个简单而强大的Go语言ORM库,通过它可以使数据库操作非常简便。本库是基于原版xorm的定制增强版本,为xorm提供类似ibatis的配置文件及动态SQL支持,支持AcitveRecord操作

upper.io/db - Data access layer for PostgreSQL, CockroachDB, MySQL, SQLite and MongoDB with ORM-like features.

pop/soda - A Tasty Treat For All Your Database Needs

REL - :gem: Database Access Layer for Golang - Testable, Extendable and Crafted Into a Clean and Elegant API

reform - A better ORM for Go, based on non-empty interfaces and code generation.