The createObjectStore() method of the IDBDatabase interface creates and returns a new object store or index.

The method takes the name of the store as well as a parameter object that lets you define important optional properties. You can use the property to uniquely identify individual objects in the store. As the property is an identifier, it should be unique to every object, and every object should have that property.

This method can be called only within a versionchange transaction.

Note: This feature is available in Web Workers.


IDBDatabase.createObjectStore(name, options);


The name of the new object store to be created. Note that it is possible to create an object store with an empty name.
optionalParameters Optional

An options object whose attributes are optional parameters to the method. It includes the following properties:

Attribute Description
keyPath The key path to be used by the new object store. If empty or not specified, the object store is created without a key path and uses out-of-line keys. You can also pass in an array as a keyPath.
autoIncrement If true, the object store has a key generator. Defaults to false.

Unknown parameters are ignored.


A new IDBObjectStore.


This method may raise a DOMException with a DOMError of one of the following types:

Exception Description
InvalidStateError Occurs if the method was not called from a versionchange transaction callback. For older WebKit browsers, you must call first.
TransactionInactiveError Occurs if a request is made on a source database that doesn't exist (e.g. has been deleted or removed.) In Firefox previous to version 41, an InvalidStateError was raised in this case as well, which was misleading; this has now been fixed (see bug 1176165.)
ConstraintError An object store with the given name (based on case-sensitive comparison) already exists in the connected database.
InvalidAccessError If autoIncrement is set to true and keyPath is either an empty string or an array containing an empty string.


// Let us open our database
var request ="toDoList", 4);

// This handler is called when a new version of the database
// is created, either when one has not been created before
// or when a new version number is submitted by calling
// This handler is only supported in recent browsers.
request.onupgradeneeded = function(event) {
  var db =;

  db.onerror = function(event) {
    note.innerHTML += "<li>Error loading database.</li>";

  // Create an objectStore for this database

  var objectStore = db.createObjectStore("toDoList", { keyPath: "taskTitle" });

  // define what data items the objectStore will contain

  objectStore.createIndex("hours", "hours", { unique: false });
  objectStore.createIndex("minutes", "minutes", { unique: false });
  objectStore.createIndex("day", "day", { unique: false });
  objectStore.createIndex("month", "month", { unique: false });
  objectStore.createIndex("year", "year", { unique: false });

  objectStore.createIndex("notified", "notified", { unique: false });

  note.innerHTML += "<li>Object store created.</li>";


Specification Status Comment
Indexed Database API 2.0
The definition of 'createObjectStore()' in that specification.
Indexed Database API Draft
The definition of 'createObjectStore()' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
createObjectStoreChrome Full support 24
Full support 24
No support 23 — 24
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: webkit
Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 16
Full support 16
No support 10 — 16
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: moz
IE Partial support 10Opera Full support 15Safari Full support 7WebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support 25Firefox Android Full support 22Opera Android Full support 14Safari iOS Full support 8Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.5


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See also