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Version: 2.0.x


Quill is a Compile-time Language Integrated Queries for Scala.


Quill allows us to create SQL out of a Scala code during the compile-time. It provides the Quoted Domain Specific Language (QDSL) to express queries in Scala and execute them in a target language.

  • Boilerplate-free mapping — The database schema is mapped using simple case classes.
  • Quoted DSL — Queries are defined inside a quote block. Quill parses each quoted block of code (quotation) at compile-time and translates them to an internal Abstract Syntax Tree (AST)
  • Compile-time query generation — The call reads the quotation’s AST and translates it to the target language at compile-time, emitting the query string as a compilation message. As the query string is known at compile-time, the runtime overhead is very low and similar to using the database driver directly.
  • Compile-time query validation — If configured, the query is verified against the database at compile-time and the compilation fails if it is not valid. The query validation does not alter the database state.


In order to use this library with ZIO, we need to add the following lines in our build.sbt file:

// Provides Quill contexts for ZIO.
libraryDependencies += "io.getquill" %% "quill-zio" % "3.9.0"

// Provides Quill context that execute MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, H2, SQL Server and Oracle queries inside of ZIO.
libraryDependencies += "io.getquill" %% "quill-jdbc-zio" % "3.9.0"

// Provides Quill context that executes Cassandra queries inside of ZIO.
libraryDependencies += "io.getquill" %% "quill-cassandra-zio" % "3.9.0"


First, to run this example, we should create the Person table at the database initialization. Let's put the following lines into the h2-schema.sql file at thesrc/main/resources path:

name VARCHAR(255),
age int

In this example, we use in-memory database as our data source. So we just put these lines into the application.conf at the src/main/resources path:

myH2DB {
dataSourceClassName = org.h2.jdbcx.JdbcDataSource
dataSource {
url = "jdbc:h2:mem:test;DB_CLOSE_DELAY=-1;INIT=RUNSCRIPT FROM 'classpath:h2-schema.sql'"
user = sa

Now we are ready to run the example below:

import io.getquill._
import io.getquill.context.ZioJdbc._
import zio.console.{Console, putStrLn}
import zio.{ExitCode, Has, URIO, ZIO}

import javax.sql

object QuillZIOExample extends zio.App {
val ctx = new H2ZioJdbcContext(Literal)

import ctx._

case class Person(name: String, age: Int)

val myApp: ZIO[Console with Has[sql.DataSource with Closeable], Exception, Unit] =
for {
_ <-
quote {
liftQuery(List(Person("Alex", 25), Person("Sarah", 23)))
.foreach(r =>
result <-
quote(query[Person].filter(p => == "Sarah"))
_ <- putStrLn(result.toString)
} yield ()

override def run(args: List[String]): URIO[zio.ZEnv, ExitCode] =