Server actions with Drizzle

October 24, 2023 (9 months ago)

Drizzle is now my favorite ORM. I tried using it way before they introduced relational queries, I thought it's good but now it is even better and it keeps getting better. With their release in 0.28.2, it is so simple to create typesafe mutations with inferring insert of a model.

Server Actions is still experimental in Nextjs 13 but is now in React Canary. This let you call async function inside client components without exposing any secrets in network tab nor using an api route in the same codebase.

In this example, I'll be using shadcn-ui to create form component, as followed in the docs.

After modifying onSubmit function a bit, the code looks like this ...

// /commponents/create-form.tsx
"use client";

import { zodResolver } from "@hookform/resolvers/zod";
import { useTransition } from "react";
import { useForm } from "react-hook-form";

import { createPost } from "@/actions/post";
import { Button } from "@/components/ui/button";
import {
} from "@/components/ui/form";
import { Input } from "@/components/ui/input";
import z from "zod";

const schema = z.object({
  name: z.string().min(3),

type Inputs = z.infer<typeof schema>;

export function CreatePost() {
  const [isCreating, startCreating] = useTransition();
  const form = useForm<Inputs>({
    resolver: zodResolver(schema),
    defaultValues: {
      name: "",

  function onSubmit(postData: Inputs) {
    startCreating(async () => {
      const response = await createPost(postData);

  return (
    <Form {...form}>
        className="relative max-w-sm space-y-4"
          render={({ field })=> (
              <FormLabel>Post text</FormLabel>
                <Input placeholder={"Good morning"} {...field} />
              <FormMessage />
        <div className="flex justify-end">
          <Button type="submit" disabled={isCreating}>
            {isCreating ? "Creating" : "Submit"}

This already includes accessibility and client & server validations. Notice that we're importing a createPost action which is the server action.

// /actions/post.ts
"use server";

import { db } from "@/server/db";
import { posts } from "@/server/db/schema";
import { revalidatePath } from "next/cache";

export async function createPost(data: typeof posts.$inferInsert) {
  try {
    await db.insert(posts).values(data);
  } catch (error) {
    if (error instanceof Error) {
      return { status: "error", message: error.message };
    return { status: "error", message: "Something went wrong!" };
  return { status: "ok", message: "Successfully created!" };

In the server action function, it takes a parameter of the expected object value of a post to be inserted so I just need to pass it as an argument of values. Code looks cleaner this way right?

That's pretty much it. Thank you for stopping by!