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The "Deep Save" functionality is a single API request that can create or update a complete "object tree" in the database using a single transaction. The object tree starts with the root object and includes other child objects, their corresponding children and so on. Consider the following object diagram:


There is a parent object of type Person, the object has a relation through the homeAddress property to an Address object. Using the Deep Save functionality, you can perform the following operations with a single API call:

  • Save new Person and the related Address in the database. Both objects will be saved in the corresponding tables and a relationship at the database level will be created between them.
  • Update existing Person in the database with a new related Address object. The new Address object will be stored in the corresponding table and the relationship will be created in the database.
  • Update both Person and Address objects in the database.


Since the Deep Save API uses Backendless transactions, the tables/schema where the data is being saved must be created before the API is used. This requirement stems from the Transaction API that requires the schema to be pre-created.

Consider the example below. The example stores a new Person and the related Address objects in the database using the Deep Save API:

Once the code runs, you will find the following two objects in the database. Notice that a single deep-save API call resulted in both objects saved in the corresponding tables and a relationship in the homeAddress column in the Person table points to the Address object:

Person table:


Address table: