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Every Tigris projects comes with a transactional document database built on FoundationDB, one of the most resilient and battle-tested open source distributed key-value store.

Tigris stores data records as documents. Documents are analogous to JSON objects but Tigris stores them in an optimized binary format. Documents are grouped together in collections. Collections are grouped together in database.

A database is created automatically for you when you create a project.


Tigris stores data records in collections. A collection is analogous to tables in a relational database. A collection always has a pre-defined schema that enables you to structure the data. The schema can be easily evolved in a lightweight way without costly rebuild operations. You interact with it using CRUD APIs. Tigris provides strictly serializable transactions, enabling you to perform consistent operations on your data records.


Creating a collection

A collection is created as follows. This will create the collection if it does not exist. If the collection exists, it updates its schema.

import {
} from "@tigrisdata/core";

export class Review {
@PrimaryKey(TigrisDataTypes.INT64, { order: 1, autoGenerate: true })
id!: bigint;

author!: string;

rating!: number;

(async () => {
const client = new Tigris();
const db = client.getDatabase();

await db.createOrUpdateCollection<Review>(Review);