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Prisma (Legacy)

You can also use NextAuth.js with the built-in Adapter for Prisma. This is included in the core next-auth package at the moment. The other adapter needs to be installed from its own additional package.


You may have noticed there is a prisma and prisma-legacy adapter. This is due to historical reasons, but the code has mostly converged so that there is no longer much difference between the two. The legacy adapter, however, does have the ability to rename tables which the newer version does not.

To use this Adapter, you need to install Prisma Client and Prisma CLI:

npm install @prisma/client
npm install prisma --save-dev

Configure your NextAuth.js to use the Prisma Adapter:

import NextAuth from "next-auth"
import Providers from "next-auth/providers"
import Adapters from "next-auth/adapters"
import { PrismaClient } from "@prisma/client"
const prisma = new PrismaClient()
export default NextAuth({
providers: [
clientId: process.env.GOOGLE_CLIENT_ID,
clientSecret: process.env.GOOGLE_CLIENT_SECRET,
adapter: Adapters.Prisma.Adapter({ prisma }),

While Prisma includes an experimental feature in the migration command that is able to generate SQL from a schema, creating tables and columns using the provided SQL is currently recommended instead as SQL schemas automatically generated by Prisma may differ from the recommended schemas.

Schema for the Prisma Adapter


Create a schema file in prisma/schema.prisma similar to this one:

generator client {
provider = "prisma-client-js"
datasource db {
provider = "sqlite"
url = "file:./dev.db"
model Account {
id Int @id @default(autoincrement())
compoundId String @unique @map(name: "compound_id")
userId Int @map(name: "user_id")
providerType String @map(name: "provider_type")
providerId String @map(name: "provider_id")
providerAccountId String @map(name: "provider_account_id")
refreshToken String? @map(name: "refresh_token")
accessToken String? @map(name: "access_token")
accessTokenExpires DateTime? @map(name: "access_token_expires")
createdAt DateTime @default(now()) @map(name: "created_at")
updatedAt DateTime @default(now()) @map(name: "updated_at")
@@index([providerAccountId], name: "providerAccountId")
@@index([providerId], name: "providerId")
@@index([userId], name: "userId")
@@map(name: "accounts")
model Session {
id Int @id @default(autoincrement())
userId Int @map(name: "user_id")
expires DateTime
sessionToken String @unique @map(name: "session_token")
accessToken String @unique @map(name: "access_token")
createdAt DateTime @default(now()) @map(name: "created_at")
updatedAt DateTime @default(now()) @map(name: "updated_at")
@@map(name: "sessions")
model User {
id Int @id @default(autoincrement())
name String?
email String? @unique
emailVerified DateTime? @map(name: "email_verified")
image String?
createdAt DateTime @default(now()) @map(name: "created_at")
updatedAt DateTime @default(now()) @map(name: "updated_at")
@@map(name: "users")
model VerificationRequest {
id Int @id @default(autoincrement())
identifier String
token String @unique
expires DateTime
createdAt DateTime @default(now()) @map(name: "created_at")
updatedAt DateTime @default(now()) @map(name: "updated_at")
@@map(name: "verification_requests")

Generate Client#

Once you have saved your schema, use the Prisma CLI to generate the Prisma Client:

npx prisma generate

To configure you database to use the new schema (i.e. create tables and columns) use the prisma migrate command:

npx prisma migrate dev

To generate a schema in this way with the above example code, you will need to specify your database connection string in the environment variable DATABASE_URL. You can do this by setting it in a .env file at the root of your project.

As this feature is experimental in Prisma, it is behind a feature flag. You should check your database schema manually after using this option. See the Prisma documentation for information on how to use prisma migrate.


If you experience issues with Prisma opening too many database connections in local development mode (e.g. due to Hot Module Reloading) you can use an approach like this when initalising the Prisma Client:

let prisma
if (process.env.NODE_ENV === "production") {
prisma = new PrismaClient()
} else {
if (!global.prisma) {
global.prisma = new PrismaClient()
prisma = global.prisma

Custom Models#

You can add properties to the schema and map them to any database column names you wish, but you should not change the base properties or types defined in the example schema.

The model names themselves can be changed with a configuration option, and the datasource can be changed to anything supported by Prisma.

You can use custom model names by using the modelMapping option (shown here with default values).

adapter: Adapters.Prisma.Adapter({
modelMapping: {
User: 'user',
Account: 'account',
Session: 'session',
VerificationRequest: 'verificationRequest'