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Version: 1.44.0

Quick Start Guide

Welcome to your first steps with Platformatic DB. This guide will help you set up and run your first API using Platformatic DB with SQLite. By the end of this guide, you'll have a fully functional API ready to use.


While this guide uses SQLite, Platformatic DB also supports PostgreSQL, MySQL, and MariaDB. For more details on database compatibility, see the Platformatic DB documentation.


Before starting, ensure you have the following installed:

Automatic Setup with Platformatic CLI

To start the Platformatic creator wizard, run the appropriate command for your package manager in your terminal:

npm create platformatic@latest

This interactive command-line tool will guide you through setting up a new Platformatic project. For this guide, please choose the following options:

- What kind of project do you want to create?   => Application
- Where would you like to create your project? => quick-start
- Which kind of project do you want to create? => @platformatic/db
- What is the name of the service? => (generated-randomly), e.g. legal-soup
- What is the connection string? => sqlite://./db.sqlite
- Do you want to create default migrations? => Yes
- Do you want to create another service? => No
- Do you want to use TypeScript? => No
- What port do you want to use? => 3042
- Do you want to init the git repository? => No

After completing the wizard, your Platformatic application will be ready in the quick-start folder. This includes example migration files, plugin scripts, routes, and tests within your service directory.


If the wizard does not handle dependency installation, ensure to run npm/yarn/pnpm install command manually:

Start Your API Server

Run the following command in your project directory to start your API server:

npm start

Your API server is now live! 🌟 It will automatically serve REST and GraphQL interfaces for your SQL database.

Check The Database Schema

Navigate to the migrations directory within the services folder of your project directory. This folder contains your database migration files:

  • contains the SQL statements for creating database objects.
  • 001.undo.sql: contains the SQL statements to remove database objects.

Check Your API configuration

Examine the platformatic.json file in the services folder and the .env file in the root of your project directory to confirm the API configuration:

This generated configuration tells Platformatic to:

  • Run an API server on
  • Connect to an SQLite database stored in a file named db.sqlite
  • Look for database migration files in the migrations directory
  • Auto-apply the migrations
  • Load the plugin file named plugin.js and automatically generate types

You can learn more about configuration options in the Configuration reference.

Manual setup

Follow the steps below if you prefer setting up manually or need custom configurations:

Initialize Your Project

Create and navigate into your project directory:

mkdir quick-start
cd quick-start

Initialize your project and install Platformatic as a dependency using your preferred package manager:

npm init --yes

npm install platformatic

Configuration Your Database

In your project directory (quick-start), create a file for your sqlite database and also, a migrations directory to store your database migration files:

touch db.sqlite
mkdir migrations

Create a new migration file named in the migrations directory. Copy and paste the SQL query below into the migration file to create a new database table named movies:


You can check syntax for SQL queries on the Database Guide SQL Reference.

Configure Your API

Create a new Platformatic configuration file named platformatic.json in your project directory with the following configuration to set up your server and database:

"server": {
"hostname": "",
"port": "3042"
"db": {
"connectionString": "sqlite://./db.sqlite"
"migrations": {
"dir": "./migrations",
"autoApply": "true"

This configuration tells Platformatic to:

  • Run an API server on
  • Connect to an SQLite database stored in a file named db.sqlite
  • Look for, and apply the database migrations specified in the migrations directory

Start Your API Server

In your project directory, use the Platformatic CLI to start your API server:

npx platformatic db start

This will:

  • Automatically map your SQL database to REST and GraphQL API interfaces.
  • Start the Platformatic API server.

Your Platformatic API is now up and running! 🌟

Next Steps

Now that your API is up and running, it's time to interact with it using the REST and GraphQL interfaces. Below, you'll find simple examples of how to use these interfaces effectively.

Interacting with the REST API Interface

The REST API allows you to perform standard HTTP requests. Below are examples of how you can create a new movie and retrieve all movies from your database using cURL.

Create a new movie

To add a new movie to your database, use this cURL command:

curl -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
-d "{ \"title\": \"Hello Platformatic DB\" }" \

You should receive a response similar to this:

{"id":1,"title":"Hello Platformatic DB"}

This means that the movie was successfully added to your database


Learn more about your API's GraphQL interface in the GraphQL API reference.

Get All Movies

To fetch all movies stored in your database, use the following command

curl http://localhost:3042/movies

The response will be an array containing all the movies:

[{"id":1,"title":"Hello Platformatic DB"}]

For a comprehensive list of available routes and operations, refer to the REST API reference

Exploring API Documentation with Swagger

You can access the Swagger UI to explore detailed documentation for your REST API at:


Interacting with the GraphQL Interface

Open http://localhost:3042/graphiql in your web browser to explore the GraphQL interface of your API.

Run the query below to retrieve all movies:

query {
movies {

For more advanced guides, refer to the Platformatic learning hub.