ObjectBox is a fast NoSQL database for Objects

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ObjectBox - Fast and Efficient Java Database (Android, JVM)

ObjectBox Java is a simple yet powerful database designed specifically for Java and Kotlin applications. Store and manage data effortlessly in your Android or JVM Linux, macOS or Windows app with ObjectBox. Enjoy exceptional speed, frugal resource usage, and environmentally-friendly development. 💚

Demo code

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

➡️ More details in the docs

// Kotlin
val playlist = Playlist("My Favorites")

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Key Features

🏁 High performance: exceptional speed, outperforming alternatives like SQLite and Realm in all CRUD operations.
💚 Efficient Resource Usage: minimal CPU, power and memory consumption for maximum flexibility and sustainability.
🔗 Built-in Object Relations: built-in support for object relations, allowing you to easily establish and manage relationships between objects.
👌 Ease of use: concise API that eliminates the need for complex SQL queries, saving you time and effort during development.

Getting started

Gradle setup

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

buildscript {
    ext.objectboxVersion = "3.8.0"
    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.

Why use ObjectBox for Java data management?

ObjectBox is a NoSQL Java database designed for local data storage on resource-restricted devices, prioritizing offline-first functionality. It is a smart and sustainable choice for local data persistence in Java and Kotlin applications. It offers efficiency, ease of use, and flexibility.

Fast but resourceful

Optimized for speed and minimal resource consumption, ObjectBox is an ideal solution for mobile devices. It has excellent performance, while also minimizing CPU, RAM, and power usage. ObjectBox outperforms SQLite and Realm across all CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) operations. Check out our Performance Benchmarking App repository.

Simple but powerful

With its concise language-native API, ObjectBox simplifies development by requiring less code compared to SQLite. It operates on plain objects (POJOs) with built-in relations, eliminating the need to manage rows and columns. This approach is efficient for handling large data volumes and allows for easy model modifications.


💐 Queries: filter data as needed, even across relations
💻 Multiplatform: supports Android and JVM on Linux (also on ARM), Windows and macOS
🌱 Scalable: handling millions of objects resource-efficiently with ease
🦮 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

Community and Support

Tell us what you think! Share your thoughts through our Anonymous Feedback Form.

At ObjectBox, we are dedicated to bringing joy and delight to app developers by providing intuitive and fun-to-code-with APIs. We genuinely want to hear from you: What do you love about ObjectBox? What could be improved? Where do you face challenges in everyday app development?

We eagerly await your comments and requests, so please feel free to reach out to us:

  • Add GitHub issues
  • Upvote important issues 👍
  • Drop us a line via @ObjectBox_io or contact[at]
  • ⭐ us on GitHub if you like what you see!

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Other languages/bindings

ObjectBox supports multiple platforms and languages. Besides JVM based languages like Java and Kotlin, ObjectBox also offers:


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