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Does prisma handle the concurrency and race conditions automatically?

Prisma itself does not handle race conditions automatically in terms of application-level concurrency control. Race conditions can occur when multiple operations are being performed concurrently on the same data, potentially leading to inconsistent or unintended results.

Handling Race Conditions with Prisma

To manage race conditions effectively when using Prisma, consider the following approaches:

  1. Database Transactions:

    • Use database transactions to ensure atomicity and isolation of operations. Prisma supports transactions through its client API (prisma.$transaction) or by wrapping operations within async functions.

    Example using prisma.$transaction:

    async function updateProductPrice(productId, newPrice) {
      const transaction = await prisma.$transaction([
          where: { id: productId },
          data: { price: newPrice },
        // Additional related updates or checks within the same transaction
      return transaction;
  2. Optimistic Concurrency Control:

    • Implement optimistic locking techniques where feasible. This involves including a version or timestamp field in your database schema (@version or @updatedAt in Prisma) and checking this value before committing updates. If the data has been modified since it was last read, handle the conflict appropriately (e.g., retrying the operation).

    Example using @version field in Prisma:

    model Product {
      id      Int     @id @default(autoincrement())
      name    String
      price   Float
      // Add version for optimistic concurrency control
      version Int     @version
    async function updateProductPrice(productId, newPrice) {
      const existingProduct = await prisma.product.findUnique({ where: { id: productId } });
      if (!existingProduct) {
        throw new Error('Product not found');
      // Update only if the version matches
      const updatedProduct = await prisma.product.update({
        where: {
          id: productId,
          version: existingProduct.version, // Ensures no other update occurred in between
        data: {
          price: newPrice,
      return updatedProduct;
  3. Mutex or Semaphore:

    • For more complex scenarios requiring strict synchronization, consider using external locking mechanisms like mutexes or semaphores. These are not directly provided by Prisma but can be implemented at the application level to ensure exclusive access to critical sections of code.
Published on: Jul 10, 2024, 12:45 AM  


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