Use Prisma with Bun

Note — At the moment Prisma needs Node.js to be installed to run certain generation code. Make sure Node.js is installed in the environment where you're running bunx prisma commands.

Prisma works out of the box with Bun. First, create a directory and initialize it with bun init.

mkdir prisma-app
cd prisma-app
bun init

Then install the Prisma CLI (prisma) and Prisma Client (@prisma/client) as dependencies.

bun add prisma @prisma/client

We'll use the Prisma CLI with bunx to initialize our schema and migration directory. For simplicity we'll be using an in-memory SQLite database.

bunx prisma init --datasource-provider sqlite

Open prisma/schema.prisma and add a simple User model.

generator client {
  provider = "prisma-client-js"

datasource db {
  provider = "sqlite"
  url      = env("DATABASE_URL")

model User {
  id    Int     @id @default(autoincrement())
  email String  @unique
  name  String?

Then generate and run initial migration.

This will generate a .sql migration file in prisma/migrations, create a new SQLite instance, and execute the migration against the new instance.

bunx prisma migrate dev --name init
Environment variables loaded from .env
Prisma schema loaded from prisma/schema.prisma
Datasource "db": SQLite database "dev.db" at "file:./dev.db"

SQLite database dev.db created at file:./dev.db

Applying migration `20230928182242_init`

The following migration(s) have been created and applied from new schema changes:

  └─ 20230928182242_init/
    └─ migration.sql

Your database is now in sync with your schema.

✔ Generated Prisma Client (v5.3.1) to ./node_modules/@prisma/client in 41ms

As indicated in the output, Prisma re-generates our Prisma client whenever we execute a new migration. The client provides a fully typed API for reading and writing from our database. You can manually re-generate the client with the Prisma CLI.

bunx prisma generate

We can import the generated client from @prisma/client.

import {PrismaClient} from "@prisma/client";

Let's write a simple script to create a new user, then count the number of users in the database.

import { PrismaClient } from "@prisma/client";

const prisma = new PrismaClient();

// create a new user
await prisma.user.create({
  data: {
    name: "John Dough",
    email: `john-${Math.random()}@example.com`,

// count the number of users
const count = await prisma.user.count();
console.log(`There are ${count} users in the database.`);

Let's run this script with bun run. Each time we run it, a new user is created.

bun run index.ts
Created john-0.12802932895402364@example.com
There are 1 users in the database.
bun run index.ts
Created john-0.8671308799782803@example.com
There are 2 users in the database.
bun run index.ts
Created john-0.4465968383115295@example.com
There are 3 users in the database.

That's it! Now that you've set up Prisma using Bun, we recommend referring to the official Prisma docs as you continue to develop your application.