ObjectBox is a superfast cross-platform object-oriented database.

It's best explained via example code. For a task database application, these few lines show CRUD operations (create, read, update, delete):

obx::Box box(store); obx_id id = box.put({.text = "Buy milk"}); // Create std::unique_ptr task = box.get(id); // Read if (task) { task->text += " & some bread"; box.put(*task); // Update box.remove(id); // Delete }

Programming language: C
License: Apache License 2.0
Latest version: v0.14.0

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ObjectBox C and C++ APIs

ObjectBox is a superfast database and data synchronization solution. This is the ObjectBox runtime library to run ObjectBox as an embedded database in your C or C++ application.

Here's a C++ example that inserts a Task data object (a plain user defined struct) into the database:

obx::Box<Task> box(store);
box.put({.text = "Buy milk"}); 

See ObjectBox C and C++ docs for API details.

Latest version: 0.14.0 (2021-05-13). See [changelog](CHANGELOG.md) for more details.

Feature Highlights

🏁 High performance: improving response rates and enabling real-time applications.\ 🪂 ACID compliance: Atomic, Consistent, Isolated, Durable.\ 🔗 Relations: object links / relationships are built-in.\ 🌱 Scalable: grows with your needs, handling millions of objects with ease.\ 💐 Queries: filter data as needed, even across relations.\ 🦮 Statically typed: compile time checks & optimizations.\ 💻 Multiplatform: Linux, Windows, Android, iOS, macOS.\ 📃 Automatic schema migrations: no update scripts needed.\ 👥 ObjectBox Sync: keeps data in sync between devices and servers.\ 🕒 ObjectBox TS: time series extension for time based data.

And some more technical details:

  • Zero-copy reads for highest possible performance; access tens of millions of objects on commodity hardware
  • Lightweight for smart devices; its binary size is only around 1 MB (special feature reduced versions with 1/3 - 1/2 size are available on request)
  • Direct support for FlatBuffers data objects (aka "flatbuffers table")
  • Secondary indexes based on object properties
  • Async API for asynchronous puts, inserts, updates, removes
  • Optimized Time series types (TS edition only)
  • Data synchronization across the network (sync edition only)

Usage and Installation

In most cases you want to use the C and C++ APIs in combination with the ObjectBox Generator tool. This way, you get a convenient C or C++ API which requires minimal code on your side to work with the database.

The APIs come as single header file for C and C++:

  • C: [include/objectbox.h](include/objectbox.h)
  • C++: [include/objectbox.hpp](include/objectbox.hpp) (depends on objectbox.h)

Compile your code against it and use the binary library (.so, .dylib, .dll depending on the platform) to link against. Head over to ObjectBox C and C++ installation docs for step-by-step instructions.


The C++ API is built on top of the C API exposed by the library (e.g. you still need objectbox.h). You can also use both APIs from your code if necessary. For example, you use the C++ obx::Box class for most database operations, but "break out" into the C API for a special function you need.
Note that to use the obx::Box class, you also need the ObjectBox Generator to generate binding code. Find more details how to use it the Getting started section of the docs.


Have a look at the following TaskList example apps, depending on your programming language and preference:

  • [C, cursor, no generated code](examples/c-cursor-no-gen) - plain C; using flatcc directly; without any generated code
  • [C, with generated code](examples/c-gen) - plain C, using code generated by objectbox-generator
  • [C++, with generated code](examples/cpp-gen) - C++, using code generated by objectbox-generator
    • also includes sync client application example


  • C and C++ docs - official ObjectBox C and C++ documentation
  • [include/objectbox.h](include/objectbox.h) - C API header file contains docs as code comments
  • [include/objectbox.hpp](include/objectbox.hpp) - C++ API header file contains docs as code comments
  • C and C++ API reference docs - online HTML docs (Doxygen)

Current state / Changelog

The C API is a thin wrapper around a robust DB core, which is version 2.x and already used on millions of devices.

Beta notice: the C API will become stable starting from version 1.0. Until then, API improvements may result in breaking changes. For example, functions may still be renamed.

[Changelog](CHANGELOG.md): If you update from a previous version, please check the [changelog](CHANGELOG.md). Besides new features, there may be breaking changes requiring modifications to your code.

Supported platforms:

  • Linux 64-bit
  • Linux ARMv6hf (e.g. Raspberry PI Zero)
  • Linux ARMv7hf (e.g. Raspberry PI 3/4)
  • Linux ARMv8/AArch64 (e.g. Raspberry PI 3/4 with a 64 bit OS like Ubuntu)
  • MacOS 64-bit
  • Windows 32-bit
  • Windows 64-bit

C API as the Foundation for Higher Languages

The plain C API (without the Generator) also serves as a basis for ObjectBox bindings in higher languages. For example, the official APIs for Go, Swift, Dart/Flutter and Python rely on the C API. In the same way, you could create an ObjectBox API for another programming language, e.g. for JavaScript. For the C API, data consists of bytes representing FlatBuffers tables, which you can build and read in your language of choice.


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