package caqti-driver-mariadb

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MariaDB driver for Caqti using C bindings


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Published: 20 Feb 2024



Caqti provides a monadic cooperative-threaded OCaml connector API for relational databases.

The purpose of Caqti is further to help make applications independent of a particular database system. This is achieved by defining a common signature, which is implemented by the database drivers. Connection parameters are specified as an URI, which is typically provided at run-time. Caqti then loads a driver which can handle the URI, and provides a first-class module which implements the driver API and additional convenience functionality.

Caqti does not make assumptions about the structure of the query language, and only provides the type information needed at the edges of communication between the OCaml code and the database; i.e. for encoding parameters and decoding returned tuples. It is hoped that this agnostic choice makes it a suitable target for higher level interfaces and code generators.


The following drivers are available.

RDBMS URI scheme library Unix MirageOS
MariaDB mariadb:// mariadb yes no
PostgreSQL postgresql:// postgresql yes no
PostgreSQL pgx:// pgx (p) yes yes
SQLite3 sqlite3:// sqlite3 yes no

The PGX based driver is not production-ready yet due to the lack of TLS, esp. given that the only supported authentication mechanism is plaintext.

If you link against caqti-dynload, then drivers are loaded dynamically based on the URI. If dynamic loading is unavailable on your platform, link instead against the caqti-driver-* libraries which you expect to use.


Tutorials and examples:

  • The caqti-study repository is a tutorial with examples, which we will keep up to date with the latest release of Caqti. It is work in progress; suggestions and contributions are welcome.

  • Interfacing OCaml and PostgreSQL with Caqti by Bobby Priambodo gives a gentle introduction, though the Caqti API has changed to some extend since it was written.

  • The documented example in this repository can give a first idea.

API documentation from contains documentation for matching releases of individual packages:

If the above lacks links to modules, it may be due to build issues. You may instead refer to my own latest rendering:

The linked modules provide a connect functions which receives an URI, loads the appropriate driver, and returns a connection as a first-class module containing query functionality for the database.

You can also build the API reference matching your installed version using odig or run dune build @doc in a Git checkout.

Running under utop

Dynamic linking does not work under utop. The workaround is to link against the needed database driver. E.g.

# #require "caqti-lwt";;
# #require "caqti-driver-postgresql";;
# open Lwt.Infix;;
# open Caqti_request.Infix;;

(* Create a DB handle. *)
# module Db = (val Caqti_lwt_unix.connect (Uri.of_string "postgresql://") >>= Caqti_lwt.or_fail |>;;
module Db : Caqti_lwt.CONNECTION

(* Create a request which merely adds two parameters. *)
# let plus = Caqti_request.(Caqti_type.(t2 int int) ->! "SELECT ? + ?";;
val plus : (int * int, int, [< `Many | `One | `Zero > `One ]) Caqti_request.t =

(* Run it. *)
# Db.find plus (7, 13);;
- : (int, [> Caqti_error.call_or_retrieve ]) result = Ok 20

Related Software

  • ppx_rapper - a syntax extension for Caqti queries, simplifying type specifications.


OCSF logo Thanks to the OCaml Software Foundation for economic support to the development of Caqti.

Dependencies (4)

  1. mariadb >= "1.1.5"
  2. dune >= "3.9"
  3. caqti >= "2.1.0" & < "2.2.0~"
  4. ocaml

Dev Dependencies (3)

  1. odoc with-doc
  2. cmdliner with-test & >= "1.1.0"
  3. alcotest with-test & >= "1.5.0"




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