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Hive is a lightweight and blazing fast key-value store written in pure Dart. Inspired by Bitcask.

Hive is not ready for production yet. I'm working hard on a stable version.


Blazing Fast ⚑

  • More than twice the speed of other datastores
  • Binary data format

Simple to use ❀️

  • Supports all types
  • Strong encryption built in
  • Runs on desktop, mobile & in browser

Lightweight 🎈

  • Small runtime
  • NO native dependencies


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SharedPreferences is on par with Hive when it comes to read performance. SQLite performs much worse.Hive greatly outperforms SQLite and SharedPreferences when it comes to writing or deleting.

This benchmark was performed on a Oneplus 6T with Android Q. All entries are read and written one after another. You can run the benchmark yourself.

Getting Started


Hive needs a directory where it can store its data. Call Hive.init() the first time you use Hive.


In the browser you don't have to call init().

Open a Box

All of your data is stored in boxes.

var box = await Hive.openBox('testBox');

Just provide an encryptionKey to encrypt a box:

var key = Hive.generateSecureKey();
var box = await Hive.openBox('secureBox', encryptionKey: key);

Read & Write

Hive supports all primitive types, List, Map, DateTime and Uint8List. Any object can be can stored using TypeAdapters

var dog = Dog(name: 'Nero', age: 4);

box.put('myDog', dog);

Dog myDog = box.get('myDog');

Hive ❀️ Flutter

Hive was written with Flutter in mind. It is a perfect fit if you need a lightweight datastore for your app. Here is a sample how that may look like:

class SettingsPage extends StatelessWidget {
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return HiveBuilder.openBox(
      openBox: () {
        return Hive.openBox('settings');
      builder: (context, box) {
        return Switch(
          value: box.get('darkMode'),
          onChanged: (val) {
            box.put('darkMode', val);
      child: Center(
        // Shown when app starts until Hive is ready
        child: Text('Please wait...'), 

Boxes are cached and therefore fast enough to be used directly in the build() method of Flutter widgets.


The work on Hive has just started. If you want to contribute, it would be amazing if you helped me with one of these:

  • x Good test coverage
  • Many examples, especially for Flutter
  • Finalize API
  • Improve documentation
  • Write binary format spec
  • Even more tests
  • x Benchmarks and comparison


Copyright 2019 Simon Leier

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Hive is a lightweight and blazing fast key-value store written in pure Dart. It is strongly encrypted using AES-256.