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qb is a fluent query builder for CFML. It is heavily inspired by Eloquent from Laravel.
Using qb, you can:
  • Quickly scaffold simple queries
  • Make complex, out-of-order queries possible
  • Abstract away differences between database engines


  • Adobe ColdFusion 2016+
  • Lucee 5+
qb supports four major database grammars:
  • MySQL (MySQLGrammar)
  • Oracle (OracleGrammar)
  • Postgres (PostgresGrammar)
  • Microsoft SQL Server (SqlServerGrammar)

Discussion & Help

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Installation is easy through CommandBox and ForgeBox. Simply type box install qb to get started.

Code Samples

Compare these two examples:
// Plain old CFML
q = queryExecute("SELECT * FROM users");
// qb
query = wirebox.getInstance('[email protected]');
q = query.from('users').get();
The differences become even more stark when we introduce more complexity:
// Plain old CFML
q = queryExecute(
"SELECT * FROM posts WHERE published_at IS NOT NULL AND author_id IN ?",
[ { value = '5,10,27', cfsqltype = 'CF_SQL_NUMERIC', list = true } ]
// qb
query = wirebox.getInstance('[email protected]');
q = query.from('posts')
.whereIn('author_id', [5, 10, 27])
With qb you can easily handle setting order by statements before the columns you want or join statements after a where clause:
query = wirebox.getInstance('[email protected]');
q = query.from('posts')
.select('post_id', 'author_id', 'title', 'body')
.whereLike('author', 'Ja%')
.join('authors', 'authors.id', '=', 'posts.author_id')
// Becomes
q = queryExecute(
"SELECT post_id, author_id, title, body FROM posts INNER JOIN authors ON authors.id = posts.author_id WHERE author LIKE ? ORDER BY published_at",
[ { value = 'Ja%', cfsqltype = 'CF_SQL_VARCHAR', list = false, null = false } ]
qb enables you to explore new ways of organizing your code by letting you pass around a query builder object that will compile down to the right SQL without you having to keep track of the order, whitespace, or other SQL gotchas!
Here's a gist with an example of the powerful models you can create with this! https://gist.github.com/elpete/80d641b98025f16059f6476561d88202


To start a new query, instantiate a new Builder: wirebox.getInstance('[email protected]').
By default, qb uses a generic Grammar. You can specify your specific grammar in ColdBox by setting the defaultGrammar in your moduleSettings.
moduleSettings = {
qb = {
defaultGrammar = "[email protected]"
If you are not using WireBox, just make sure to wire up the Builder object with the correct grammar:
var grammar = new qb.models.Query.Grammars.MySQLGrammar();
var builder = new qb.models.Query.Builder( grammar );
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