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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 2018+

  • Lucee 5+

qb supports four major database grammars:

  • MySQL (MySQLGrammar@qb)

  • Oracle (OracleGrammar@qb)

  • Postgres (PostgresGrammar@qb)

  • Microsoft SQL Server (SqlServerGrammar@qb)

  • SQLite (SQLiteGrammar@qb)

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
var results = queryExecute( "SELECT * FROM users" );

// qb
var qb = wirebox.getInstance( "QueryBuilder@qb" );
var results = qb.from( "users" ).get();

The differences become even more stark when we introduce more complexity:

// Plain old CFML
var results = 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
var qb = wirebox.getInstance( "QueryBuilder@qb" );
var results = qb.from( "posts" )
    .whereNotNull( "published_at" )
    .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:

var qb = wirebox.getInstance( "QueryBuilder@qb" );
var results = qb.from( "posts" )
         .orderBy( "published_at" )
         .select( "post_id", "author_id", "title", "body" )
         .whereLike( "author", "Ja%" )
         .join( "authors", "", "=", "posts.author_id" )

// Becomes
var results = queryExecute(
    "SELECT post_id, author_id, title, body FROM posts INNER JOIN authors ON = 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!


To start a new query, instantiate a new Builder: wirebox.getInstance( "QueryBuilder@qb" ).

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 = "MySQLGrammar@qb"

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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