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qb is a fluent query builder for ColdBox. 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 11+
  • Lucee 4.5+


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('Builder@qb');
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('Builder@qb');
q = query.from('posts')
         .whereIn('author_id', [5, 10, 27])

With Quick you can easily handle setting order by statements before the columns you want or join statements after a where clause:

query = wirebox.getInstance('Builder@qb');
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

Full Docs

You can browse the full documentation at https://elpete.gitbooks.io/qb


Thanks goes to these wonderful people (emoji key):

Eric Peterson

💻 📖

John Whish

💬 💻

Dan Murphy

🐛 💻

Tim Brown



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This project follows the all-contributors specification. Contributions of any kind welcome!


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