sqlx VS SQLBoiler

Compare sqlx vs SQLBoiler and see what are their differences.


general purpose extensions to golang's database/sql (by jmoiron)


Generate a Go ORM tailored to your database schema. (by volatiletech)
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sqlx SQLBoiler
64 40
13,468 5,679
- 2.3%
0.0 8.7
12 days ago 10 days ago
Go Go
MIT License BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of sqlx. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-03-26.
  • Tools besides Go for a newbie
    36 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 26 Mar 2023
    IDE: use whatever make you productive. I personally use vscode. VCS: git, as golang communities use github heavily as base for many libraries. AFAIK Linter: use staticcheck for linting as it looks like mostly used linting tool in go, supported by many also. In Vscode it will be recommended once you install go plugin. Libraries/Framework: actually the standard libraries already included many things you need, decent enough for your day-to-day development cycles(e.g. `net/http`). But here are things for extra: - Struct fields validator: validator - Http server lib: chi router , httprouter , fasthttp (for non standard http implementations, but fast) - Web Framework: echo , gin , fiber , beego , etc - Http client lib: most already covered by stdlib(net/http), so you rarely need extra lib for this, but if you really need some are: resty - CLI: cobra - Config: godotenv , viper - DB Drivers: sqlx , postgre , sqlite , mysql - nosql: redis , mongodb , elasticsearch - ORM: gorm , entgo , sqlc(codegen) - JS Transpiler: gopherjs - GUI: fyne - grpc: grpc - logging: zerolog - test: testify , gomock , dockertest - and many others you can find here
  • Where Is the Spring Framework for Go?
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 23 Mar 2023
    This is the same situation I saw 20 years ago. Back then, all the managers were pushing development in Oracle tools. Those managers grew up on Oracle and Java was too modern for them. Now the situation is similar. Managers used to do things in Java and now they are still pushing Java. In fact, today Java brings nothing but problems. When I see a new project starting on Java it is always some big desperation. For a comparison of Java and Go, just look at the documentation for SQL. For go: https://pkg.go.dev/database/sql (31 pages) and maybe https://jmoiron.github.io/sqlx/ (12 pages). In Java only one class is 59 pages (https://docs.oracle.com/javase/8/docs/api/java/sql/ResultSet.html) and look how many of those documents there are: https://docs.oracle.com/en/java/javase/13/docs/api/java.sql/java/sql/package-summary.html and on top of that we have javax.sql - https://docs.oracle.com/javase/8/docs/api/javax/sql/package-summary.html And even then you use Hibernate for example, where the documentation has 11 manuals and of those the User Guide has 353 pages - https://docs.jboss.org/hibernate/orm/6.2/userguide/html\_single/Hibernate\_User\_Guide.html
  • Is sqlx still maintained?
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 15 Mar 2023
  • Golang tech stack
    11 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 12 Mar 2023
  • What framework to build heavy i/o rest api?
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 11 Mar 2023
    If you care about performance you might want to avoid an ORM all together and just write out the queries you need. We use sqlx in those cases.
  • Java é o novo Javascript do momento?
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/brdev | 7 Mar 2023
  • GORM
    16 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 16 Feb 2023
    or in general for accessing databases? * sqlx: general purpose extensions to database/sql * sqlc: generate type safe code from queries * squirrel: fluent SQL generator
  • ORM or no ORM (and which ones)?
    17 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 17 Jan 2023
    https://github.com/jmoiron/sqlx and github.com/lib/pq are pretty solid, this is what i go to.
  • Does Go need overcoding for tasks that other languages can execute in one liners (or with less code)?
    6 projects | reddit.com/r/golang | 14 Nov 2022
    The amount of packages imported is kind of a thing I want to remove. There is, for example, MySQL package but I use PG. Also, for many things I need sqlx, sometimes database/sql + carta. I would love to standardize all my database handling to make it simple, concise, and efficient;
  • Creating an API using Go and sqlc
    5 projects | dev.to | 24 Oct 2022
    Implement the Repository interface by writing the queries in code, perhaps using some solution like Squirrel or sqlx.


Posts with mentions or reviews of SQLBoiler. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-03-11.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing sqlx and SQLBoiler you can also consider the following projects:

GORM - The fantastic ORM library for Golang, aims to be developer friendly

pgx - PostgreSQL driver and toolkit for Go

sqlc - Generate type-safe code from SQL

ent - An entity framework for Go

Squirrel - Fluent SQL generation for golang

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

go-sql-driver/mysql - Go MySQL Driver is a MySQL driver for Go's (golang) database/sql package

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

migrate - Database migrations. CLI and Golang library.