Dialect Specific Data Type

Certain dialects of SQL ship with their own custom, non-standard column types, such as the jsonb column in PostgreSQL. GORM supports loading several of such types, as listed in the following sections.


GORM supports loading the following PostgreSQL exclusive column types:

  • jsonb
  • hstore

Given the following Model definition:

import (

type Document struct {
    Metadata    postgres.Jsonb
    Secrets     postgres.Hstore
    Body        string

    ID          int

You may use the model like so:

password := "0654857340"
metadata := json.RawMessage(`{"is_archived": 0}`)
sampleDoc := Document{
    Body : "This is a test document",
    Metadata : postgres.Jsonb{ metadata },
    Secrets : postgres.Hstore{"password" : &password },

//insert sampleDoc into the database

//retrieve the fields again to confirm if they were inserted correctly
resultDoc := Document{}
db.Where("id = ?", sampleDoc.ID).First(&resultDoc)

metadataIsEqual := reflect.DeepEqual( resultDoc.Metadata, sampleDoc.Metadata)
secretsIsEqual := reflect.DeepEqual( resultDoc.Secrets, resultDoc.Secrets)

//this should print "true"
fmt.Println("Inserted fields are as expected:", metadataIsEqual && secretsIsEqual)

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