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Sql handler class controlling sqlalchemy resources and granting access to sqlalchemy object subclasses with additional convenience methods.

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This library is currently still under development. The API will likely undergo significant changes that may break any code you write with it. The documentation will fall out of sync with the updates regularly until development slows down. Use it at your own risk.


Provides a thick wrapper around some SQLAlchemy operations with lots of conveniences:

The Sql class

  • Central handler class
  • Automatically start connections based on prior configuration
  • Preconfigured SQLAlchemy Session subclass bound which produces special Query objects with its Session.query() method.
  • Unique Database object bound to its Sql.database attribute, which manages the SQLAlchemy MetaData, DeclarativeBase, and AutomapBase objects
  • Produce a pre-configured alembic Operations object for simple programmatic migrations
  • Create a table from a Pandas DataFrame or subtypes Frame, with an autoincrementing primary key
  • Log class that captures raw SQL with inline literal binds from custom expression classes (Select, Insert, Update, Delete) when activated
  • Create and drop table operations that work on mapped classes and raw tables, which update the metadata and database accessors to keep everything in sync
  • Provides access to the most common parts of the SQLAlchemy API

The Config class

  • Simple API for configuring database URLs that can be easily reused
  • When Providing a default host and database, Sql will no longer require arguments when connecting
  • Add or remove config programatically as well as by importing/exporting JSON files

The Model class

  • A SQLAlchemy declarative base with a few utility methods
  • Model.insert(), Model.update(), and Model.delete() will perform the respective operations within their bound session
  • Model.frame() converts a record to a subtypes.Frame with a single row
  • Other classmethods: Model.create(), Model.drop(), Model.query(), Model.join() (for cleaner joins in expression constructs), Model.c() (easier access to the table columns), and Model.alias()

The Query class

  • Alias methods Query.from_() (Query.select_from()), Query.where() (Query.filter()), Query.set_() (Query.update(), with automatic 'fetch' behaviour)
  • Query.frame() method for conversion to subtypes.Frame
  • Query.scalar_col() method for conversion of a single column to a list
  • Implemented string magic method producing the query with inline literal binds

The Database class

  • Database.orm and Database.objects attributes can be used to access database objects via attribute access (eg Database.orm.log.main)
  • Database.orm yields mapped classes, but only for database objects with a primary key
  • Database.objects yields raw table objects, and should allow access to any database object, even those without a primary key, views, etc.
  • Database reflection occurs automatically when attempting to access a schema or database object using these accessors
  • The MetaData is automatically cached for 5 days after each reflection operation, causing the Database object to start with pre-populated schemas on subsequent instanciation

Custom expression classes

  • Select, Update, Insert, and Delete subclasses with various extra methods
  • .resolve() method facilitates performing queries with user interaction


To install use pip:

$ pip install sqlhandler

Or clone the repo:

$ git clone
$ python install


Usage coming soon!


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