Array Data Type Support


Since Pony version 0.7.7 we add support of Array type for PostgreSQL and SQLite. It implements PostgreSQL’s arrays. JSON type is more flexible, but in some cases Array type might be more efficient.

Declaring an Array attribute

Each array should have a specified type of items that this array can store. Supported types are: int, float and str.

For declaring an Array attribute with Pony you should use one of the IntArray, FloatArray or StrArray types. These types can be imported from pony.orm package:

from pony.orm import *

db = Database()

class Product(db.Entity):
    id = PrimaryKey(int, auto=True)
    name = Required(str)
    stars = Optional(IntArray)
    tags = Optional(StrArray)

db.bind('sqlite', ':memory:')


For PostgreSQL if you set index=True Pony will create gin index. For SQLite index will be ignored.

Operations with arrays

Change array’s items

product =

Select specific item of array

tags1 = select(p.tags[2] for p in Product)[:]
tags2 = select(p.tags[-5] for p in Product)[:]

Using slice

early_tags = select(p.tags[:10] for p in Product)[:]


Steps are not supported for slices.

Check if item or list of items in or not in array

products1 = select(p for p in Product if 'apple' in p.tags)[:]
products2 = select(p for p in Product if ['LCD', 'DVD', 'SSD'] in p.tags)[:]