ObjectBox is an an easy to use, object-oriented lightweight database and a full alternative to SQLite.

It's best explained with some demo code:

Playlist playlist = new Playlist("My Favorties"); playlist.songs.add(new Song("Lalala")); playlist.songs.add(new Song("Lololo")); box.put(playlist);

Programming language: Java
License: Apache License 2.0
Tags: Database     High Performance     Nosql     JPA     Object Persistence    
Latest version: v3.0.0-alpha2

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ObjectBox Java Database (Kotlin, Android)

ObjectBox is a superfast object-oriented database with strong relation support and easy-to-use native language APIs. ObjectBox is embedded into your Android, Linux, macOS, or Windows app.

Latest version: 3.1.2 (2022/02/21)

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Demo code using ObjectBox:

// Kotlin
val playlist = Playlist("My Favorites")
// Java
Playlist playlist = new Playlist("My Favorites");
playlist.songs.add(new Song("Lalala"));
playlist.songs.add(new Song("Lololo"));

Want details? Read the docs


🏁 High performance on restricted devices, like IoT gateways, micro controllers, ECUs etc.\ 🪂 Resourceful with minimal CPU, power and Memory usage for maximum flexibility and sustainability\ 🔗 Relations: object links / relationships are built-in\ 💻 Multiplatform: Linux, Windows, Android, iOS, macOS

🌱 Scalable: handling millions of objects resource-efficiently with ease\ 💐 Queries: filter data as needed, even across relations\ 🦮 Statically typed: compile time checks & optimizations\ 📃 Automatic schema migrations: no update scripts needed

And much more than just data persistence\ 👥 ObjectBox Sync: keeps data in sync between devices and servers\ 🕒 ObjectBox TS: time series extension for time based data

Enjoy ❤️

Gradle setup

For Android projects, add the ObjectBox Gradle plugin to your root build.gradle:

buildscript {
    ext.objectboxVersion = "3.1.2"
    repositories {        
    dependencies {

And in your app's build.gradle apply the plugin:

// Using plugins syntax:
plugins {
    id("io.objectbox") // Add after other plugins.

// Or using the old apply syntax:
apply plugin: "io.objectbox" // Add after other plugins.

First steps

Create a data object class @Entity, for example "Playlist".

// Kotlin
@Entity data class Playlist( ... )

// Java
@Entity public class Playlist { ... }

Now build the project to let ObjectBox generate the class MyObjectBox for you.

Prepare the BoxStore object once for your app, e.g. in onCreate in your Application class:

boxStore = MyObjectBox.builder().androidContext(this).build();

Then get a Box class for the Playlist entity class:

Box<Playlist> box = boxStore.boxFor(Playlist.class);

The Box object gives you access to all major functions, like put, get, remove, and query.

For details please check the docs.

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