Using RethinkDB with Thinky - 14 Jul 2015

I’ve been messing around with RethinkDB, and I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen so far. It provides a lot of the same benefits as MongoDB, but adds a lot of additional functionality, and supposedly makes scaling a breeze. The administrator feature is a great nice to have as well.

I’ve been using the Thinky ORM to for interfacing with RethinkDB, and it’s suited my needs well so far. Here’s a quick overview of how I incorporate Thinky with my node projects.

The first thing I do is setup a thinky.js file that I can include in my models.

  var config = require('../config');

  var thinky = require('thinky')(config.thinky);

  module.exports = thinky;

That config.js file looks like:

  module.exports = {
    thinky: {
      host: "localhost",
      port: 28015,
      authKey: "",
      db: "appName"

I can then include thinky in my models without reloading the thinky module.

  var thinky = require('../util/thinky.js');
  var type = thinky.type;

  var Post = thinky.createModel("Post", {
    id: type.string(),
    title: type.string()

  module.exports = Post;