entimport is a tool for creating Ent schemas from existing SQL databases. Currently, MySQL
and PostgreSQL are supported. The tool can import to ent schema any number of
tables, including relations between them.


Setup A Go Environment

If your project directory is outside GOPATH or you are not familiar with
GOPATH, setup a Go module project as follows:

go mod init <project>

Install ent

go install entgo.io/ent/cmd/ent

After installing ent codegen tool, you should have it in your PATH. If you don’t find it your path, you can also
run: go run entgo.io/ent/cmd/ent <command>

Create Schema Directory

Go to the root directory of your project, and run:

ent init

The command above will create <project>/ent/schema/ directory and the file inside <project>/ent/generate.go

Importing a Schema

Installing and running entimport

go run ariga.io/entimport/cmd/entimport
  • For example, importing a MySQL schema with users table:

go run ariga.io/entimport/cmd/entimport -dialect mysql -dsn "root:[email protected](localhost:3308)/test" -tables "users"

The command above will write a valid ent schema into the directory specified (or the default ./ent/schema):

├── generate.go
└── schema
    └── user.go

1 directory, 2 files

Code Generation:

In order to generate ent files from the produced schemas, run:

go run -mod=mod entgo.io/ent/cmd/ent generate ./schema

# OR `ent` init:

go generate ./ent

If you are not yet familiar with ent, you can also follow
the quick start guide.


entimport  -h

Usage of ./entimport:
  -dialect string
        database dialect (default "mysql")
  -dsn string
        data source name (connection information)
  -schema-path string
        output path for ent schema (default "./ent/schema")
  -tables value
        comma-separated list of tables to inspect (all if empty)


  1. Import ent schema from Postgres database

Note: add search_path=foo if you use non public schema.

go run ariga.io/entimport/cmd/entimport -dialect postgres -dsn "host=localhost port=5434 user=postgres dbname=test password=pass sslmode=disable" 
  1. Import ent schema from MySQL database

go run ariga.io/entimport/cmd/entimport -dialect mysql -dsn "root:[email protected](localhost:3308)/test"
  1. Import only specific tables:

Note: When importing specific tables:
if the table is a join table, you must also provide referenced tables.
If the table is only one part of a relation, the other part won’t be imported unless specified.
If the -tables flags is omitted all tables in current database schema will be imported

go run ariga.io/entimport/cmd/entimport -dialect postgres -dsn "..." -tables "users,user_friends" 
  1. Import to another directory:

go run ariga.io/entimport/cmd/entimport -dialect postgres -dsn "..." -schema-path "/some/path/here"

Future Work

  • Index support (currently Unique index is supported).
  • Support for all data types (for example uuid in Postgres).
  • Support for Default value in columns.
  • Support for editing schema both manually and automatically (real upsert and not only overwrite)
  • Postgres special types: postgres.NetworkType, postgres.BitType, *schema.SpatialType, postgres.CurrencyType,
    postgres.XMLType, postgres.ArrayType, postgres.UserDefinedType.

Known Caveats:

  • Schema files are overwritten by new calls to entimport.
  • There is no difference in DB schema between O2O Bidirectional and O2O Same Type – both will result in the same
    ent schema.
  • There is no difference in DB schema between M2M Bidirectional and M2M Same Type – both will result in the same
  • ent schema.
  • In recursive relations the edge names will be prefixed with child_ & parent_.
  • For example: users with M2M relation to itself will result in:

func (User) Edges() []ent.Edge {
return []ent.Edge{edge.To("child_users", User.Type), edge.From("parent_users", User.Type)}

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