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A batteries-included NoSQL database for Dart & Flutter based on an embedded Meilisearch instance.


  • 🔎 Typo tolerant and relevant full-text search with no extra configuration needed
  • 🔥 Blazingly fast search and reads (written in Rust)
  • 🤝 Flutter friendly with a super easy-to-use API (see demo below!)
  • 🔱 Powerful, declarative, and reactive queries
  • 🔌 Cross-platform support (web hopefully coming soon!)
  • 🉑️ Diverse language support, including CJK, Hebrew, and more!

Getting Started

  • With Flutter, run flutter pub add mimir flutter_mimir
  • For Dart-only, run dart pub add mimir

For macOS, disable "App Sandbox". Also read the caveats below.


With Flutter, you can get started with as little as:

// Get an "index" to store our movies
final instance = await Mimir.defaultInstance;
final index = instance.getIndex('movies');

// Add movies to our index
await index.addDocuments(myMovies);

// Perform a search!
final results = await 'jarrassic par'); // returns Jurassic Park!

Demo Video

Reference Documentation

A collection of commonly used APIs ready for copy-paste into your application.

Note: unless otherwise stated, all asynchronous methods exposed in Mimir are fallible and synchronous methods are infallible. The methods are fail-fast, so you should be aware of any issues early on during development.

Getting & Creating an Index

// With Flutter (flutter_mimir)
final instance = await Mimir.defaultInstance;

// Dart-only (just mimir)
final instance = await Mimir.getInstance(
  path: instanceDirectory,
  // Following line will change based on your platform

// Get an index (creates one lazily if not already created)
final index = instance.getIndex('movies');

// Or, specify some default settings and open the index eagerly
// If you have some settings you want to specify in advance, use openIndex!
final index = await instance.openIndex('movies', primaryKey: 'CustomIdField');

Configuring an Index

await index.updateSettings(...); // see setSettings below for arguments
final currSettings = await index.getSettings();
await index.setSettings(currSettings.copyWith(
  // The primary key (PK) is the "ID field" of documents added to mimir.
  // When null, it is automatically inferred for you, but sometimes you may
  // need to specify it manually. See the Important Caveats section for more.
  primaryKey: null,
  // Fields in documents that are included in full-text search.
  // Use null, the default, to search all fields
  searchableFields: <String>[],
  // Fields in documents that can be queried/filtered by.
  // You probably don't need to change this; it is automatically
  // updated for you.
  filterableFields: <String>[],
  // Fields in documents that can be sorted by in searches/queries.
  // You probably don't need to change this; it is automatically
  // updated for you.
  sortableFields: <String>[],
  // The ranking rules of this index, see:
  rankingRules: <String>[],
  // The stop words of this index, see:
  stopWords: <String>[],
  // A list of synonyms to link words with the same meaning together.
  // Note: in most cases, you probably want to add synonyms both ways, like below:
  synonyms: <Synonyms>[
      word: 'automobile',
      synonyms: ['vehicle'],
      word: 'vehicle',
      synonyms: ['automobile'],
  // Whether to enable typo tolerance in searches.
  typosEnabled: true,
  // The minimum size of a word that can have 1 typo.
  // See minWordSizeForTypos.oneTypo here:
  minWordSizeForOneTypo: 5,
  // The minimum size of a word that can have 2 typos.
  // See minWordSizeForTypos.twoTypos here:
  minWordSizeForTwoTypos: 9,
  // Words that disallow typos. See disableOnWords here:
  disallowTyposOnWords: <String>[],
  // Fields that disallow typos. See disableOnAttributes here:
  disallowTyposOnFields: <String>[],

Manipulating Documents

// Adding documents (replaces any documents with the same id)
await index.addDocument(document);
await index.addDocuments(documents);

// Replacing all documents
await index.setDocuments(documents);

// Deleting documents
await index.deleteDocument(id);
await index.deleteDocuments(ids);
await index.deleteAllDocuments();

// Getting documents (not querying--see next section!)
final docOrNull = await index.getDocument(someId);
final allDocs = await index.getAllDocuments();
final allDocsStream = index.documents;


// Getting a stream of results (very useful in Flutter!)
// Same arguments as; see below
final documentsStream = index.searchStream(...);

// Performing a search/query (using movies here)!
final movies =
  // The string to use for full-text search. Can be user-supplied.
  // To do a regular database query without full-text search, leave this null.
  query: 'some wordz with typoes to saerch for',
  // The filter used to filter results in a full-text search or query.
  // See the next section; this is a very handy feature in mimir.
  // Set to null to not filter out any documents.
  filter: Mimir.where('director', isEqualTo: 'Alfred Hitchcock'),
  // The fields to sort by (in ascending or descending order).
  // Can be left as null to sort by relevance (to the query text)!
  sortBy: [
    // Sort by year, newest to oldest
    // In case 2+ documents share the same year, sort by increasing profit next
  // If you want to limit the number of results you get, use the resultsLimit.
  // Defaults to null, which means return all matches.
  resultsLimit: null,
  // Defaults to null, see
  matchingStrategy: null,

Filtering Search/Query Results

There is a "raw" filtering API in mimir provided by Filter, but it is recommended to use the following API that creates Filters for you instead.

Here are the methods you need to be aware of:

  • Mimir.or(subFilters) creates an "or" filter (like ||) of the sub-filters
  • Mimir.and(subFilters) creates an "and" filter (like &&) of the sub-filters
  • Mimir.not(subFilter) creates a "not" filter (like !someCondition) of the sub-filter
  • Mimir.where(condition) creates a single filter from a given condition.
  • The above can be composed together to create powerful, declarative queries!

Heres an example that shows these methods in practice.

Say our Dart boolean logic is (formatted to show intent):

        (movie['fruit'] == 'apple')
        (movie['year'] >= 2000 && movie['year'] <= 2009)
    movie['colors'].any((color) => {'red', 'green'}.contains(color))

Then our "raw" filter API logic would be:

final filter = Filter.or([
    Filter.equal(field: 'fruit', value: 'apple'),
    Filter.between(field: 'year', from: '2000', to: '2009'),
  Filter.inValues(field: 'colors', values: ['red', 'green']),

Which is somewhat hard to read.

Here's what the recommended approach would look like:

final filter = Mimir.or([
    Mimir.where('fruit', isEqualTo: 'apple'),
    Mimir.where('year', isBetween: ('2000', '2009')),
  Mimir.where('colors', containsAtLeastOneOf: ['red', 'green']),

I think most would agree that this is the easiest of the three to understand, as it almost reads as pure English, even for complex conditions.

Important Caveats

Please read these caveats before adding mimir to your project.

  • Every document in mimir needs to have a "primary key"
    • The PK is automatically inferred via a field ending in id (or simply just id)
    • If you have multiple fields ending in id, use instance.openIndex('indexName', primaryKey: 'theActualId')
    • The contents of the PK field can be a number, or a string matching the regex ^[a-zA-Z0-9-_]*$
      • In English: PKs can be alphanumeric and contain - and _
  • Unfortunately, you can only open 1 index on iOS devices at the moment; see here for more details and a workaround.
  • macOS App Sandbox is not supported at the moment, meaning you will not be able to submit apps to the Mac App Store
    • You will still be able to distribute macOS applications on your own
    • See more details here
  • Resource usage
    • While modern devices run mimir just fine, several thousand detailed documents can easily consume several MB of disk space and RAM
    • This is due to Milli, a heavy-weight core component of Meilisearch, which gives mimir a lot of its power
    • If you do not need all the features provided by mimir, also consider a more lightweight alternative!
      • Hive for simple key-value storage
      • Isar for more sophisticated use-cases
        • Note: while Isar does have full-text search, it is neither typo-tolerant nor relevant!
      • If you need easy, typo-tolerant, relevant full-text search, you will want mimir!
        • I am unaware of any other databases that currently provide typo-tolerant full-text search in Flutter, which is why I made mimir in the first place!
    • Mimir can add a couple hundred MB to your app bundle size and <100 MB to the on-device size
      • These numbers will hopefully be reduced in the future once Dart gets "Native Assets"