5.4.2. Data Stores

A usual way of working with data in CUBA applications is manipulating entities - either declaratively through datasources and data-aware visual components, or programmatically via DataManager or EntityManager. The entities are mapped to data in a data store, which is usually a relational database. An application can connect to multiple data stores so its data model will contain entities mapped to data located in different databases.

An entity can belong only to a single data store. You can display entities from different data stores on a single UI screen, and DataManager will ensure they will be dispatched to appropriate data stores on save. Depending on the entity type, DataManager selects a registered data store represented by an implementation of the DataStore interface and delegates loading and saving entities to it. When you control transactions in your code and work with entities via EntityManager, you have to specify explicitly what data store to use. See the Persistence interface methods and @Transactional annotation parameters for details.

The platform contains a single implementation of the DataStore interface called RdbmsStore. It is designed to work with relational databases through the ORM layer. You can implement DataStore in your project to provide integration, for example, with a non-relational database or an external system having REST interface.

In any CUBA application, there is always the main data store which contains system and security entities and where the users log in. When we mention a database in this manual, we always mean the main data store if not explicitly stated otherwise. The main data store must be a relational database connected through a JDBC data source. The main data source is located in JNDI and should have a name specified in the cuba.dataSourceJndiName application property, which is jdbc/CubaDS by default.

Additional data store names should be specified in the cuba.additionalStores application property. If the additional store is RdbmsStore, you should provide the following properties for it:

  • cuba.dataSourceJndiName_{store_name} - JNDI name of the corresponding JDBC data source.

  • cuba.dbmsType_{store_name} - type of the data store DBMS.

  • cuba.persistenceConfig_{store_name} - location of the data store persistence.xml file.

If you implement the DataStore interface in your project, specify the name of the implementation bean in the cuba.storeImpl_{store_name} application property.

For example, if you need to work with two additional data stores: db1 (a PostgreSQL database) and mem1 (an in-memory storage implemented by some project bean), specify the following application properties in the app.properties file of your core module:

cuba.additionalStores = db1, mem1
cuba.dataSourceJndiName_db1 = jdbc/db1
cuba.dbmsType_db1 = postgres
cuba.persistenceConfig_db1 = com/company/sample/db1-persistence.xml
cuba.storeImpl_mem1 = sample_InMemoryStore

The cuba.additionalStores and cuba.persistenceConfig_db1 properties should also be specified in the property files of all used application blocks (web-app.properties, portal-app.properties, etc.).


CUBA Studio allows you to set up additional data stores on the Project properties > Advanced tab. It automatically creates all required application properties and JDBC data sources, as well as maintains additional persistence.xml files. After that, you can select a data store for an entity in the Data store field of the entity designer. You will also be able to select a data store when using the Generate model wizard for creation of new entities mapped to an existing database schema.

References between entities from different data stores

DataManager can automatically maintain TO-ONE references between entities from different data stores, if they are properly defined. For example, consider the case when you have Order entity in the main data store and Customer entity in an additional data store, and you want to have a reference from Order to Customer. Then do the following:

  • In the Order entity, define an attribute with the type of the Customer identifier. The attribute should be annotated with @SystemLevel to exclude it from various lists available to users, like attributes in Filter:

    @Column(name = "CUSTOMER_ID")
    private Long customerId;
  • In the Order entity, define a non-persistent reference to Customer and specify the customerId attribute as "related":

    @MetaProperty(related = "customerId")
    private Customer customer;
  • Include non-persistent customer attribute to appropriate views.

After that, when you load Order with a view including customer attribute, DataManager automatically loads related Customer from the additional data store. The loading of collections is optimized for performance: after loading a list of orders, the loading of references from the additional data store is done in batches. The size of the batch is defined by the cuba.crossDataStoreReferenceLoadingBatchSize application property.

When you commit an entity graph which includes Order with Customer, DataManager saves the instances via corresponding DataStore implementations, and then saves the identifier of the customer in the order’s customerId attribute.

Cross-datastore references are also supported by the Filter component.


CUBA Studio automatically maintains the set of attributes for cross-datastore references when you select an entity from a different data store as an association.