nubela nubela - 1 month ago 13x
SQL Question

How can I perform this Recursive Common Table Expression in SQLAlchemy?

In this table schema:

class Location(db.Model):
id = db.Column(db.String(255), primary_key=True)
parent_id = db.Column(db.String(255), db.ForeignKey(''), nullable=True)
type = db.Column(db.String(255))
name = db.Column(db.String(255))
options = db.Column(db.Text, nullable=True)

I have a parent, suppose this table:

> select * from location;
| id | parent_id | type | name | options |
| 8821da60-e7d2-11e1-951e-ae16bc2b7368 | 88227a60-e7d2-11e1-951e-ae16bc2b7368 | city | sengkang | NULL |
| 88227a60-e7d2-11e1-951e-ae16bc2b7368 | NULL | country | singapore | NULL |

The parent being the country object named singapore. There can be more nested objects, that are children to sengkang just like how sengkang is child to singapore.

So a single hierachy chain might look like a -> b -> sengkang -> singapore

whereby -> means is child of

How can I get all Location objects that have the parent as singapore, including the parent object (singapore)? (in SQLAlchemy please). Thanks!


SA Documentation: Query.cte

I have to say the new CTE stuff (since 0.76) is pretty good, better than the old way where I had to rework this.

Anyway, think you're looking for something like this...

included_parts = session.query(Location).\
  cte(name='included_parts', recursive=True)

incl_alias = aliased(included_parts, name="pr")
parts_alias = aliased(Location, name='p')
included_parts = included_parts.union_all(

q = session.query(included_parts).all()