- Mobile-first: Realm is the first database built from the ground up to run directly inside phones, tablets and wearables.
- Simple: Data is directly exposed as objects and queryable by code, removing the need for ORM's riddled with performance & maintenance issues.
- Modern: Realm supports relationships, generics, and vectorization.
- Fast: Realm is faster than even raw SQLite on common operations, while maintaining an extremely rich feature set.
In case you don't want to use the precompiled version on npm, you can build Realm yourself from source. You’ll need an Internet connection the first time you build in order to download the core library.
- Node: 4.0 <= version < 7.0
- Xcode 7.2+
- Android SDK 23+
- Android NDK 10e
First clone this repository:
git clone https://github.com/realm/realm-js.git
Then in the cloned directory:
git submodule update --init --recursive
Note: If you have cloned the repo previously make sure you remove your node_modules directory since it may contain stale dependencies which may cause the build to fail.
Building for iOS:
RealmReact.frameworkas the build target
Building for Android:
- The compiled version of the Android module is here:
Building for nodejs:
Be sure you have python2.7 as the default python. 3.x won't work, and it's not enough to use
--python=python2.7 as parameter to npm.
npm install --build-from-source=realm
On Windows you will need to setup the environment for node-gyp
Option 1: Install windows-build-tools node package
Open an elevated command prompt (As Administrator)
npm install -g --production windows-build-tools
Option 2: Manually install and configure
- Check node-gyp manual for custom installation procedure for Windows
API documentation is written using JSDoc.
npm run jsdoc
The generated docs can be found by opening
Debugging the node addon
You can use (Visual Studio Code)[https://code.visualstudio.com/] to develop and debug. In the
.vscode folder, configuration for building and debugging has been added for your convience.
- Microsoft C/C++
To begin, you will need to build the node addon and prepare the test environment:
npm install --build-from-source --debug (cd tests && npm install)
Prior to begin debugging, you must start Realm Object Server. In VSCode, under menu Tasks/Run Task, find Download and Start Server.
In the debugging pane, you can find
Debug LLDB + NodeJS in the dropdown. First select Start Debugging in the Debug menu.
Issues with debugging
Some users have reported the Chrome debugging being too slow to use after integrating Realm into their react-native project. This is due to the blocking nature of the RPC calls made through the Realm library. It is an ongoing issue and we are actively working on fixing it. See https://github.com/realm/realm-js/issues/491 for more information.
Running the tests
You will need to install
nvm to run the tests. Currently it is only possible to test using node 6, so please
nvm install 6.11.3.
The tests will spawn a new shell when running, so you need to make sure that new shell instances use the correct version of
npm. On Mac you can add the following to your prefered shell setup:
export NVM_DIR="$HOME/.nvm" . "$(brew --prefix nvm)/nvm.sh"
You can now use
scripts/test.sh to run the various tests.
You will need yarn installed on the machine.
- eslint - lints the sources
- react-tests - runs all React Native tests on iOS Simulator
- react-tests-android runs all React Native Android tests on Android emulator
- node - runs all tests for node
- test-runners - checks supported tests runners are working correctly
If you modify or add a test, please remove
tests/react-test-app/node_modules/realm-tests before running
test.sh (of course, only if you are testing with React Native).
Testing on Windows
On Windows some of these targets are available as npm commands.
npm run eslint npm run node-tests npm run test-runners
Debugging the tests
You can attach a debugger to react-native tests by passing "Debug" to the
test.sh script. A Chrome browser will open and connect to the react native application. Use the built-in Chrome Debugger to debug the code.
./scripts/tests.sh react-tests Debug
Using Visual Studio Code
You can debug node tests using Visual Studio Code. Just use one of the launch configurations.