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Version: 0.6.0

Quick Start Guide

In this guide you'll learn how to create and run your first API with Platformatic DB. Let's get started!


This guide uses SQLite for the database, but Platformatic DB also supports PostgreSQL, MySQL and MariaDB databases.


Platformatic supports macOS, Linux and Windows (WSL recommended).

To follow along with this guide you'll need to have these things installed:

Create a new API project

Create a directory for your new API project:

mkdir quick-start

cd quick-start

Then create a package.json file and install the platformatic CLI as a project dependency:

npm init --yes

npm install platformatic

Add a database schema

In your project directory (quick-start), create a migrations directory to store your database migration files:

mkdir migrations

Then create a new migration file named in the migrations directory.

Copy and paste this SQL query into the migration file:


When it's run by Platformatic, this query will create a new database table named pages.


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

Configure your API

In your project directory, create a new Platformatic configuration file named platformatic.db.json.

Copy and paste in this configuration:

"server": {
"hostname": "",
"port": "3042"
"core": {
"connectionString": "sqlite://./pages.db"
"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 pages.db
  • Look for database migration files in the migrations directory

The Configuration reference explains all of the supported configuration options.

Start your API server

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

npx platformatic db start

This will:

  1. Run your SQL migration file and create a pages table in the SQLite database.
  2. Automatically map your SQL database to REST and GraphQL API interfaces.
  3. Start the Platformatic API server.

Your Platformatic API is now up and running! 🌟

Next steps

Use the REST API interface

You can use cURL to make requests to the REST interface of your API, for example:

Create a new page

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

You should receive a response from your API like this:

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

Get all pages

curl http://localhost:3042/pages

You should receive a response from your API like this, with an array containing all the pages in your database:

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

Take a look at the REST API reference for an overview of the REST interface that the API provides.

Swagger OpenAPI documentation

You can explore the OpenAPI documentation for your REST API in the Swagger UI at http://localhost:3042/documentation

Use the GraphQL API interface

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

Try out this GraphQL query to retrieve all pages from your API:

query {
pages {

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