grifart / tables

Statically typed table gate with support for composite fields, arrays and more from PostgreSQL.

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A simple library to access and manipulate database records. Built on top of Dibi and hardwired for PostgreSQL.

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Quick start

  1. Register the tables DI extension. Tables expect that an instance of Dibi is also configured and registered in the container.

        tables: Grifart\Tables\DI\TablesExtension
  2. Create a database table. You can use your favourite database migration tool.

    CREATE TABLE "article" (
      "id" uuid NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY,
      "title" varchar NOT NULL,
      "text" text NOT NULL,
      "createdAt" timestamp without time zone NOT NULL,
      "deletedAt" timestamp without time zone DEFAULT NULL,
      "published" boolean NOT NULL
  3. Create a definition file for scaffolder. Tables expose a helper that creates all necessary class definitions for you:

    use Grifart\Tables\Scaffolding\TablesDefinitions;
    // create a DI container, the same way as you do in your application's bootstrap.php, e.g.
    $container = App\Bootstrap::boot();
    // grab the definitions factory from the container
    $tablesDefinitions = $container->getByType(TablesDefinitions::class);
    return $tablesDefinitions->for(
        'public', // table schema
        'article', // table name

    Once you run scaffolder, it will inspect the database schema and generate a set of four classes:

    • ArticlesTable, a service that provides API for accessing and manipulating data in the article table;
    • ArticleRow, a simple DTO that wraps a single row from the article table;
    • ArticleChangeSet, a mutable wrapper over data to be persisted in the article table,
    • ArticlePrimaryKey, a representation of the article table's primary key.
  4. Register the ArticlesTable in your DI container.

    - ArticlesTable


Use dependency injection to retrieve an instance of the ArticlesTable service in your model layer. The table class exposes the following methods:


You can list all records in the table by calling the getAll() method. The method optionally accepts sorting criteria and a paginator (more on both below).

$rows = $table->getAll($orderBy, $paginator);

To fetch a specific record from the table, use either the find() or get() method with the desired record's primary key. The difference is that find() returns null if the query yields empty result, whereas get() throws an exception in such case:

$row = $table->find(ArticlePrimaryKey::of($articleId));
// or
$row = $table->get(ArticlePrimaryKey::of($articleId));

To retrieve a list of records that match given criteria, you can use the findBy() method and pass a set of conditions to it (more on that below):

$rows = $table->findBy($conditions, $orderBy, $paginator);

There is also a helper method to retrieve a single record that matches given criteria. It throws an exception when the query doesn't yield exactly one result:

$row = $table->getBy($conditions);


When it comes to search criteria, the table expects a Condition (or a list thereof). This is how a simple search for published articles might look like:

$rows = $table->findBy(

The code above could be simplified to a list of conditions – if a list is passed, the and relationship is assumed implicitly:

$rows = $table->findBy([

Also, the is() method defaults to equality check, so you can omit the equalTo() and pass the value directly:

$rows = $table->findBy([

This package provides a Composite condition that lets you compose the most complex trees of boolean logic together, and a set of most common conditions such as equality, comparison, and null-checks. For a complete list, look into the Conditions/functions.php file.

In addition to these, you can also write your own conditions by implementing the Condition interface. It defines the sole method toSql() which is expected to return an array compatible with Dibi.

Take a look at how a LIKE condition could be implemented. It maps to a LIKE database operation with two operands, a sub-expression (more on that below), and a pattern mapped to a database text:

use Grifart\Tables\Expression;
use Grifart\Tables\Types\TextType;
use function Grifart\Tables\Types\mapToDatabase;

final class IsLike implements Condition
	 * @param Expression<string> $expression
	public function __construct(
		private Expression $expression,
		private string $pattern,
	) {}

	public function toSql(): \Dibi\Expression
		return new \Dibi\Expression(
			'? LIKE ?',
			mapToDatabase($this->pattern, TextType::varchar()),

You can then use the condition like this:

$rows = $table->findBy([
    new IsLike($table->title(), 'Top 10%'),

Or create a factory function:

function like(string $pattern) {
    return static fn(Expression $expression) => new IsLike($expression, $pattern);

And then use it like this:

$rows = $table->findBy([
    $table->title()->is(like('Top 10%')),


Expressions are an abstraction over database expressions. All table columns are expressions and as you've seen, the generated ArticlesTable exposes each of them via an aptly named method.

You can also create custom expressions that map to various database functions and operations. You just need to implement the Expression interface which requires you to specify the SQL representation of the expression, and also its type (used for formatting values in conditions):

use Grifart\Tables\Expression;
use Grifart\Tables\Types\IntType;
use Grifart\Tables\Type;

 * @implements Expression<int>
final class Year implements Expression
     * @param Expression<\Brick\DateTime\Instant>|Expression<\Brick\DateTime\LocalDate> $sub
    public function __construct(
        private Expression $sub,
    ) {}

    public function toSql(): \Dibi\Expression
        return new \Dibi\Expression(
            "EXTRACT ('year' FROM ?)",

    public function getType(): Type
        return IntType::integer();

Alternatively, you can extend the ExpressionWithShorthands base class:

 * @extends ExpressionWithShorthands<int>
final class Year extends ExpressionWithShorthands
    // ...

That way, the convenient is() shorthand will be available on the expression instance:

$rows = $table->findBy(
    (new Year($table->createdAt()))->is(equalTo(2021)),

You can also use the expr() function to create such expression:

$year = fn(Expression $expr) => expr(IntType::integer(), "EXTRACT ('year' FROM ?)", $expr->toSql());
$rows = $table->findBy(


To specify the desired order of records, you can provide a list of sorting criteria. This uses the same expression mechanism as filtering. You can use the Expression's shorthand methods ascending() and descending():

$rows = $table->getAll(orderBy: [
    $table->title(), // ->ascending() is the default


The getAll and findBy methods also optionally accept an instance of Nette\Utils\Paginator. If you provide it, the table will not only set the correct limit and offset, but also query the database for the total number of items, and update the paginator with that value.

$paginator = new \Nette\Utils\Paginator();

$rows = $table->getAll($orderBy, $paginator);


To insert a new record into the database table, use the $table->new() method. You have to provide all required values (for columns without a default value) to the method:

$changeSet = $table->new(
    id: \Ramsey\Uuid\Uuid::uuid4(),
    title: 'Title of the post',
    text: 'Postt text',
    createdAt: \Brick\DateTime\Instant::now(),
    published: true,

The method returns a change set which you can further modify, and eventually insert:

$changeSet->modifyText('Post text');


To update a record in the table, you need to get an instance of change set for the specific record. You can get one for any given primary key or row:

$changeSet = $table->edit(ArticlePrimaryKey::from($articleId));
// or
$changeSet = $table->edit($articleRow);

You can use named parameters to provide the values to update right within the method call:

$changeSet = $table->edit(
    deletedAt: \Brick\DateTime\Instant::now(),

As before, you can also add modifications to the change set afterward, and finally save it:



To delete a record, you simply need its primary key or row:

// or

Type mapping

Basic types

As you might have noticed, Tables provide default mapping for most PostgreSQL's basic types:

  • Textual types (character, character varying, text) all map to string.
  • Integer types (smallint, int, bigint) all map to int.
  • Floating-point types (real, double precision) all map to float.
  • Boolean type maps to bool.
  • Binary type (bytea) maps to a binary string.
  • Json types (json, jsonb) map to a json_decode()'d PHP value.

Additional basic types are only mapped provided that certain packages are installed:

  • Numeric type (numeric/decimal) maps to a BigDecimal from brick/math.
  • Date-time types (date, time, timestamp) map to LocalDate, LocalTime, and Instant, respectively, from brick/date-time.
  • Uuid type maps to a Uuid from ramsey/uuid.

Advanced types

In addition to mapping PostgreSQL's basic types by default, Tables let you make the most of the database's complex type system. You can describe and provide mapping for even the wildest combinations of PostgreSQL types.

Type resolver

At the core of the type system in Tables is the TypeResolver. It decides which type to use for each column based on its database type, or even its scoped name.

You can register your own types in the config file:

        - App\Tables\MyType
        - App\Tables\MyType::decimal(10, 5) # named constructor with parameters
        schema.table.column: App\Tables\MyType

You can explicitly map the type to a specific column by using the fully qualified identifier in the item's key (as seen in the second item above.) If you omit the item's key (as seen in the first item above), the type will be registered based on its getDatabaseType() and will be used for all columns of that type that do not have an explicit mapping.

Alternatively, you can register implementations of the TypeResolverConfigurator interface in the DI container. Tables will automatically pick them up and pass the TypeResolver to the configurators's configure() method.

Custom types

All types implement the Type interface and its four methods:

  • getPhpType(): PhpType returns the scaffolder-compatible type of the represented PHP value;
  • getDatabaseType(): DatabaseType returns the database type name – this is used when the type is registered using the TypeResolver::addResolutionByTypeName($type) method;
  • toDatabase(mixed $value): Dibi\Expression maps a PHP value of given type to its database representation;
  • fromDatabase(mixed $value): mixed maps a database representation to its respective PHP value.

This is an example of a custom currency type that maps instances of some Currency onto currency codes in the database's char(3):

 * @implements Type<Currency>
final class CurrencyType implements Type
	public function getPhpType(): PhpType
		return resolve(Currency::class);

	public function getDatabaseType(): DatabaseType
		return BuiltInType::char();

	public function toDatabase(mixed $value): Expression
		return $value->getCode();

	public function fromDatabase(mixed $value): mixed
		return Currency::of($value);

There are also a few helpers for creating the most common advanced types:

Array types

You can map values to an array via the ArrayType. This formats the items using the declared subtype, and serializes them into a PostgreSQL array. Example of an array of dates:

$dateArrayType = ArrayType::of(new DateType());
Enum types

You can map native PHP enumerations to PostgreSQL's enums using the EnumType. This requires that the provided enum is a \BackedEnum, and serializes it to its backing value:

enum Status: string {
    case DRAFT = 'draft';
    case PUBLISHED = 'published';

$statusType = EnumType::of(Status::class);
Composite types

There is also a base class for describing composite types:

$moneyType = new class extends CompositeType {
    public function __construct()
            new Database\NamedType(new Database\Identifier('public', 'money')),
            new CurrencyType(), // custom type from above

    public function getPhpType(): PhpType
        return resolve(Money::class);

    public function toDatabase(mixed $value): Dibi\Expression
        return $this->tupleToDatabase([

    public function fromDatabase(mixed $value): Money
        [$amount, $currency] = $this->tupleFromDatabase($value);
        return Money::of($amount, $currency);

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