# Ecto.ULID

An `Ecto.Type` implementation of [ULID](

`Ecto.ULID` should be compatible anywhere that `Ecto.UUID` is supported.
It has been confirmed to work with PostgreSQL and MySQL on Ecto 2.x.
Ecto 1.x is *not* supported.

ULID is a 128-bit universally unique lexicographically sortable identifier. ULID is
binary-compatible with UUID, so it can be stored in a `uuid` column in a database.

## Features

* Generate ULID in Base32 or binary format.
* Generate ULID for a given timestamp.
* Autogenerate ULID when used as a primary key.
* Supports reading and writing ULID in a database backed by its native `uuid` type (no database
  extensions required).
* Supports Ecto 2.x and Ecto 3.x.
* Supports Elixir 1.4 and newer.
* Confirmed working on PostgreSQL and MySQL.
* Optimized for high throughput.

## Performance

Since one use case of ULID is to handle a large volume of events, `Ecto.ULID` is optimized to be as
fast as possible. It borrows techniques from `Ecto.UUID` to achieve sub-microsecond times for most

A benchmark suite is included. Download the repository and run `mix bench` to test the performance
on your system.

The following are results from running the benchmark on an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X:

benchmark name iterations   average time
cast/1           10000000   0.25 µs/op
dump/1           10000000   0.50 µs/op
load/1           10000000   0.55 µs/op
bingenerate/0    10000000   0.93 µs/op
generate/0        1000000   1.55 µs/op

## Usage

Usage is very similar to `Ecto.UUID`. The following example shows how to use `Ecto.ULID` as a
primary key in a database table, but it can be used for other columns just as easily.

[API documentation]( is available on hexdocs.

### Install

Install `ecto_ulid` from Hex by adding it to the dependencies in `mix.exs`:

defp deps do
    {:ecto_ulid, "~> 0.2.0"}

### Migration

Since ULID is binary-compatible with UUID, the migrations look the same for both types. Use
`:binary_id` when defining a column in a migration:

create table(:events, primary_key: false) do
  add :id, :binary_id, null: false, primary_key: true
  # more columns ...

### Schema

When defining a model's schema, use `Ecto.ULID` as the `@primary_key`:

defmodule MyApp.Event do
  use Ecto.Schema

  @primary_key {:id, Ecto.ULID, autogenerate: false}
  schema "events" do
    # more columns ...

`Ecto.ULID` supports `autogenerate: true` as well as `autogenerate: false` when used as the primary

### Application Usage

A ULID can be generated in string or binary format by calling `generate/0` or `bingenerate/0`. This
can be useful when generating ULIDs to send to external systems:

Ecto.ULID.generate()    #=> "01BZ13RV29T5S8HV45EDNC748P"
Ecto.ULID.bingenerate() #=> <<1, 95, 194, 60, 108, 73, 209, 114, 136, 236, 133, 115, 106, 195, 145, 22>>

To backfill old data, it may be helpful to pass a timestamp to `generate/1` or `bingenerate/1`. See
the [API documentation]( for more details.

## License

Copyright © 2018 The RealReal, Inc.

Distributed under the [MIT License](./LICENSE).