OrientDB Manual 1.7.8


The Create Link transform two simple values in a link. This is very useful when you're importing data from a Relational database. In facts in the Relational world relationships are resolved as foreign keys.

This is not the way to create links in general, but a way to convert two values in two different classes in a link. To create a link in OrientDB look at Relationships. For more information about importing a Relational Database into OrientDB look at Import from RDBMS to Document Model.

Consider this example where the class "Post" has a relationship 1-N to "Comment":

Post 1 ---> * Comment

In a Relational database you'll have something like that:

Table Post
| Id | Title          |
| 10 | NoSQL movement |
| 20 | New OrientDB   |

Table Comment
| Id | PostId | Text         |
|  0 |   10   | First        |
|  1 |   10   | Second       |
| 21 |   10   | Another      |
| 41 |   20   | First again  |
| 82 |   20   | Second Again |

Using OrientDB, instead, you have direct relationship as in your object model. So the navigation is from Post to Comment and not viceversa as for Relational model. For this reason you need to create a link as INVERSE.


CREATE LINK <link-name> TYPE [<link-type>] FROM <source-class>.<source-property> TO <destination-class>.<destination-property> [INVERSE]


  • link-name is the name of the property for the link. If not expressed will be overwritten the destination-property field
  • link-type, optional, is the type to use for the link. In case of inverse relationships (the most commons) you can specify LINKSET or LINKLIST for 1-N relationships
  • source-class, is the source class
  • source-property, is the source property
  • destination-class, is the destination class
  • destination-property, is the destination property
  • INVERSE, tells to create the connection on the opposite direction. This is common when you've imported 1-N relationships from a RDBMS where they are mapped at the opposite direction


CREATE LINK comments TYPE LINKSET FROM comments.PostId TO posts.Id INVERSE

To know more about other SQL commands look at SQL.