How to connect to a MySQL database in Node.js

How to connect to a MySQL database in Node.js
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To connect to a MySQL database in Node.js is pretty straightforward with the module mysql2. This example is just a starting point to show how to connect it so do not take it as a production-ready code

How to install it

Let’s install the module in our project as usual

npm install mysql2

How to implement it

Create a file called database.js wit this content


const mysql = require("mysql2");
const pool = mysql.createPool({
  database: process.env.MYSQL_DATABASE,
  host: process.env.MYSQL_HOST,
  user: process.env.MYSQL_USERNAME,
  password: process.env.MYSQL_PASSWORD,
  port: Number(process.env.MYSQL_PORT),
  connectionLimit: Number(process.env.MYSQL_MAX_POOL_SIZE),

const query = (query, values = []) => {
  return new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
    pool.query(query, values, (err, results) => {
      if (err) reject(err);
      else resolve(results);

module.exports.query = query;


How to use it


const db = require("./database");
const result = await db.query("SELECT NOW()");

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