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    FaunaDB Javascript Driver

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    A Javascript driver for FaunaDB.

    View reference JSDocs here.

    See the FaunaDB Documentation and Tutorials for guides and a complete database API reference.

    Supported Runtimes

    This Driver supports and is tested on:

    • Node.js
      • LTS
      • Stable
    • Chrome
    • Firefox
    • Safari
    • Internet Explorer 11

    Using the Client



    npm install --save faunadb


    yarn add faunadb


    Via CDN:

    <script src="//cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/faunadb@latest/dist/faunadb.js"></script>

    The minified version of the driver can also be used via CDN:

    <script src="//cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/faunadb@latest/dist/faunadb-min.js"></script>


    The tutorials in the FaunaDB documentation contain other driver-specific examples.

    Connecting from the browser

    To get up and running quickly, below is a full example for connecting from the browser. Replace <your_key_here> with a database secret. You can get that by visiting your FaunaDB Dashboard, creating a new database, clicking on "Security" in the sidebar on the left, and then clicking "New Key". To learn more about keys, see FaunaDB Key System.

    <script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/faunadb@latest/dist/faunadb.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">
      var faunadb = window.faunadb
      var q = faunadb.query
      var client = new faunadb.Client({
        secret: 'your_key_here',
        domain: 'db.fauna.com',
        scheme: 'https',
      .then(function (res) { console.log('Result:', res) })
      a.catch(function (err) { console.log('Error:', err) })

    Requiring the Driver

    var faunadb = require('faunadb'),
      q = faunadb.query

    This is the recommended require stanza. The faunadb.query module contains all of the functions to create FaunaDB Query expressions.

    Instantiating a Client and Issuing Queries

    var client = new faunadb.Client({ secret: 'YOUR_FAUNADB_SECRET' })

    Once the client has been instantiated, it can be used to issue queries. For example, to create an document in an existing collection named test with the data: { testField: 'testValue' }:

    var createP = client.query(
      q.Create(q.Collection('test'), { data: { testField: 'testValue' } })

    All methods on faunadb.Client return ES6 Promises. So, if we wanted to handle the Promise to access the Ref of the newly created document:

    createP.then(function(response) {
      console.log(response.ref) // Would log the ref to console.

    response is a JSON object containing the FaunaDB response. See the JSDocs for faunadb.Client.

    Pagination Helpers

    This driver contains helpers to provide a simpler API for consuming paged responses from FaunaDB. See the Paginate Function Reference for a description of paged responses.

    Using the helper to page over sets lets the driver handle cursoring and pagination state. For example, client.paginate:

    var helper = client.paginate(q.Match(q.Index('test_index'), 'example-term'))

    The return value, helper, is an instance of PageHelper. The each method will execute a callback function on each consumed page.

    helper.each(function(page) {
      console.log(page) // Will log the page's contents, for example: [ Ref("collections/test/1234"), ... ]

    Note that each returns a Promise<void> that is fulfilled on the completion of pagination.

    The pagination can be transformed server-side via the FaunaDB query language via the map and filter functions.

    For example, to retrieve the matched documents:

      .map(function(ref) {
        return q.Get(ref)
      .each(function(page) {
        console.log(page) // Will now log the retrieved documents.

    See the JSDocs for more information on the pagination helper.


    The client can be configured to handle timeouts in two different ways:

    1. Add a timeout field to the options block when instantiating the client
    2. By setting a queryTimeout on the client (or passing the value to the client's .query() method directly)

    The first option (i.e. timeout) represents a HTTP timeout on the client side. Defined in seconds, the client will wait the specified period before timing out if it has yet to receive a response.

    const client = new faunadb.Client({
      secret: 'YOUR_FAUNADB_SECRET',
      timeout: 100,

    On the other hand, using the client's queryTimeout dictates how long FaunaDB will process the request on the server before timing out if it hasn't finished running the operation. This can be done in two different ways:

    // 1. Setting the value when instantiating a new client
    const client = new faunadb.Client({
      queryTimeout: 2000,
      secret: 'YOUR_FAUNADB_SECRET',
    // 2. Specifying the value per-query
    var data = client.query(q.Paginate(q.Collections()), {
      queryTimeout: 100,

    Note: When passing a queryTimeout value to client.query() as part of the options object, it will take precendence over any value set on the client when instantiating it.

    Per-query options

    Some options (currently only secret and queryTimout) can be overriden on a per-query basis:

    var createP = client.query(
      q.Create(q.Collection('test'), { data: { testField: 'testValue' } }),
      { secret: 'YOUR_FAUNADB_SECRET' }
    var helper = client.paginate(
      q.Match(q.Index('test_index'), 'example-term'),
        secret: 'YOUR_FAUNADB_SECRET',
    var data = client.query(q.Paginate(q.Collections()), {
      queryTimeout: 100,

    Custom Fetch

    To use a custom fetch() you just have to specify it in the configuration and make it compatible with the standard Web API Specification of the Fetch API.

    const customFetch = require('./customFetch')
    const client = new faunadb.Client({
      secret: 'YOUR_FAUNADB_SECRET',
      fetch: customFetch,

    Client Development

    Run yarn to install dependencies.


    This project includes no polyfills. Support for Internet Explorer 11 requires a Promise polyfill.


    The driver tests need to connect to a FaunaDB so we recommend you setup one locally. The fast way is running a docker image like docker run --rm --name faunadb -p 8443:8443 fauna/faunadb.

    After have the faunadb working on local you have to setup a set of env variables before run the tests. You can set them manually or use a .env file for this.

    • yarn test: This will run tests against the current version of Node.js. nvm is useful for managing multiple versions of Node.js for testing.

    Each test run will create a new database, and will attempt to clean it up when done. If the tests are cancelled, the test database will not get cleaned up. Therefore it is recommended to use a FaunaDB key scoped to an empty parent database created for this purpose, rather than your account's root key. This will make cleanup of test databases as easy as removing the parent database.

    See the FaunaDB Multitenancy Tutorial for more information about nested databases.

    Alternatively, tests can be run via a Docker container with FAUNA_ROOT_KEY="your-cloud-secret" make docker-test (an alternate Alpine-based NodeJS image can be provided via RUNTIME_IMAGE).


    • yarn doc will generate JSDoc documentation for the project.


    Copyright 2019 Fauna, Inc.

    Licensed under the Mozilla Public License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this software except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at


    Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.


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