Deno KV

Deno Deploy now offers a built-in serverless key-value database called Deno KV, which is currently in closed beta testing. To join the waitlist for this exclusive beta, please sign up here.. While in closed beta, Deno KV will not charge for storage and includes up to 1GB of storage per user.

Additionally, Deno KV is available within Deno itself, utilizing SQLite as its backend. This feature has been accessible since Deno v1.32 with the --unstable flag.

Discover how to effectively use the Deno KV database by referring to the Deno manual.

Getting started

Upon receiving an invitation from the waitlist, a new “KV” tab will appear in all your projects. This tab displays basic usage statistics and a data browser.

For GitHub projects, two separate databases are generated: one for the production branch (usually main) and another for all other branches. For playground projects, a single database is created.

No additional configuration is required. If a Deno project utilizing KV works on a local setup, it will seamlessly function on Deploy without any modifications.


Deno KV, by default, is a strongly-consistent database. It provides the strictest form of strong consistency called external consistency, which implies:

  • Serializability: This is the highest level of isolation for transactions. It ensures that the concurrent execution of multiple transactions results in a system state that would be the same as if the transactions were executed sequentially, one after another. In other words, the end result of serializable transactions is equivalent to some sequential order of these transactions.
  • Linearizability: This consistency model guarantees that operations, such as read and write, appear to be instantaneous and occur in real-time. Once a write operation completes, all subsequent read operations will immediately return the updated value. Linearizability ensures a strong real-time ordering of operations, making the system more predictable and easier to reason about.

Meanwhile, you can choose to relax consistency constraints by setting the consistency: "eventual" option on individual read operations. This option allows the system to serve the read from global replicas and caches for minimal latency.

Below are the latency figures observed in our top regions:

Region Latency (Eventual Consistency) Latency (Strong Consistency)
North Virginia (us-east4) 7ms 7ms
Frankfurt (europe-west3) 7ms 94ms
Netherlands (europe-west4) 13ms 95ms
California (us-west2) 72ms 72ms
Hong Kong (asia-east2) 42ms 194ms

Data distribution

Deno KV databases are replicated across at least 6 data centers, spanning 3 regions (US, Europe, and Asia). Once a write operation is committed, its mutations are persistently stored in a minimum of two data centers within the primary region. Asynchronous replication typically transfers these mutations to the other two regions in under 10 seconds.

The system is designed to tolerate most data center-level failures without experiencing downtime or data loss. Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) help quantify the system’s resilience under various failure modes. RPO represents the maximum acceptable amount of data loss measured in time, whereas RTO signifies the maximum acceptable time required to restore the system to normal operations after a failure.

  • Loss of one data center in the primary region: RPO=0 (no data loss), RTO<5s (system restoration in under 5 seconds)
  • Loss of any number of data centers in a replica region: RPO=0, RTO<5s
  • Loss of two or more data centers in the primary region: RPO<60s (under 60 seconds of data loss)