Nestjs Mongodb Prisma Tutorial

This tutorials explains about Integration prisma Mongodb with NestJS with tutorials examples

Create a NestJS application

@nestjs/cli is a CLI command line tool to create a boilerplate code.

First, Install using below command

npm i -g @nestjs/cli

Here is an Output:

E:\work\nestjs>npm i -g @nestjs/cli

changed 263 packages in 48s

44 packages are looking for funding
  run `npm fund` for details

After installed CLI, Create a NestJS application

nest new nest-prisma-mongodb-example

nest new create an application with following things

  • Application protototype files and folder
  • package.json with nestjs dependencies
  • Install dependencies
E:\work\nestjs>nest new nest-prisma-mongodb-example
  We will scaffold your app in a few seconds..

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CREATE nest-prisma-mongodb-example/src/main.ts (208 bytes)
CREATE nest-prisma-mongodb-example/test/app.e2e-spec.ts (630 bytes)
CREATE nest-prisma-mongodb-example/test/jest-e2e.json (183 bytes)

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🚀  Successfully created project nest-prisma-mongodb-example
👉  Get started with the following commands:

$ cd nest-prisma-mongodb-example
$ npm run start

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Change to project directory

E:\work\nestjs>cd nest-prisma-mongodb-example\


Next, Install prisma CLI🔗 into your application

npm install prisma --save-dev

It adds prisma as devDependencies in package.json, install to app node_modules folder.

  "devDependencies": {
    "prisma": "^5.2.0"

Next, Initialize prisma related configuration using below command

npx prisma init

prisma init does setup prism for the application, does following things

  • Creates a prisma folder in application
  • This folder contains schema.prisma, schema file mapping for your database table, also database connection data source provider configuration.

Default provider is postgress and url configuration mapped wiht env file key

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


E:\work\nestjs\nest-prisma-mongodb-example>npx prisma init

 Your Prisma schema was created at prisma/schema.prisma
  You can now open it in your favorite editor.

warn You already have a .gitignore file. Don't forget to add `.env` in it to not commit any private information.

Next steps:
1. Set the DATABASE_URL in the .env file to point to your existing database. If your database has no tables yet, read
2. Set the provider of the datasource block in schema.prisma to match your database: postgresql, mysql, sqlite, sqlserver, mongodb or cockroachdb.
3. Run prisma db pull to turn your database schema into a Prisma schema.
4. Run prisma generate to generate the Prisma Client. You can then start querying your database.

More information in our documentation:
generator client {
  provider = "prisma-client-js"

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

Next, Change provider from postgresql to mongodb

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

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