Using the SQL CLI

Use the SQL CLI to validate your analytics configuration before moving on to other analytics tools. The CLI is a fully-featured interactive SQL environment in its own right.

Note Presto has been renamed to Trino.

Installing the CLI

Using the CLI

You will typically launch the SQL CLI with three arguments:

  • The required --server argument specifies the analytics server address. Because you are connecting through the local datomic access proxy this will be localhost:8989.
  • The optional --catalog argument must match a catalog configured for your system.
  • The optional --schema argument must be the name of a Datomic database.

The catalog and schema arguments are defaults for queries that do not explicitly name a catalog and schema, so that in your queries you can use table names directly, e.g. country instead of

./presto --server localhost:8989 --catalog <my-catalog> --schema <db-name>

You should be presented with a SQL prompt:


Validating Configuration

The examples below presume a Datomic system named tomhanks with a database named mbrainz, and a SQL CLI launched with:

./presto --server localhost:8989 --catalog tomhanks --schema mbrainz


The following query shows all catalogs.

select * from system.metadata.catalogs;
 catalog_name | connector_id 
 system       | system       
 tomhanks     | tomhanks  

You should see a system catalog, plus one entry per catalog properties file. In this example above, the Datomic catalog name is tomhanks.

Show Schemas

The following query shows all the schemas in the default catalog:

show schemas;

You should see an information_schema catalog, plus one schema per exposed Datomic database. In the example above, the tomhanks system has a single database named mbrainz.

Show Tables

The following query shows all the tables in the default schema.

presto> show tables;

You should see db__attrs and db__idents, plus any tables you have configured via a metaschema.

Describe a Table

The following query describes a table named country in the default schema:

describe country;
 Column |  Type   | Extra | Comment 
 code   | varchar |       |         
 name   | varchar |       |         
 db__id | bigint  |       |         

More Things To Try

Try some of the system commands to see what is present in the system.

You can access more than one database (or even more than one catalog) by using fully qualified table names in you SQL, e.g. [catalog].[database].[table]. You can also write queries that join across different databases or catalogs.