Fake VS embedded-postgres

Compare Fake vs embedded-postgres and see what are their differences.


Fake data generator for Go (Golang) (by icrowley)


Run a real Postgres database locally on Linux, OSX or Windows as part of another Go application or test (by fergusstrange)
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Fake embedded-postgres
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  • Embedded database options
    10 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 18 May 2022
    There's also this interesting project, which embeds postgres into your binary: https://github.com/fergusstrange/embedded-postgres
    10 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 18 May 2022
    This is down to nuance, but all databases are "file based" as they all write to files. But most of them require a separate process with lock coordination to get away from writer lock delays and ensure ACID, which includes Postgresql. Calling any version of pgl "embedded" is confusing because I see that being used to describe pgl databases which are run in a localhost mode with a single reader/writer client. Regardless, those still require a postgres process and access it over IP. For simplicity, if one uses a database by touching its files directly from the process accessing the database, then it's "embedded"; but then again I guess that semantic ship has sailed: https://github.com/fergusstrange/embedded-postgres so the point may be moot.
  • Ask HN: Tips on hosting your own Postgres instance
    5 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 28 Feb 2022
    depending on the language you have chosen for your side project you might also be able to run postgresql in embedded mode here is the one for golang https://github.com/fergusstrange/embedded-postgres . There is similar solution for java as well.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Fake and embedded-postgres you can also consider the following projects:

Tavor - A generic fuzzing and delta-debugging framework

go-txdb - Immutable transaction isolated sql driver for golang

Testify - A toolkit with common assertions and mocks that plays nicely with the standard library

go-mutesting - Mutation testing for Go source code

go-vcr - Record and replay your HTTP interactions for fast, deterministic and accurate tests

ginkgo - A Modern Testing Framework for Go

cdp - Package cdp provides type-safe bindings for the Chrome DevTools Protocol (CDP), written in the Go programming language.

schema - Quick and easy expression matching for JSON schemas used in requests and responses

gomock - GoMock is a mocking framework for the Go programming language.

goc - A Comprehensive Coverage Testing System for The Go Programming Language

GoConvey - Go testing in the browser. Integrates with `go test`. Write behavioral tests in Go.