How to Retrieve the Primary Key When Saving a New Object in Anorm

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Question Description

I’m using Scala Play! framework with Anorm to persist the data model to the database. I followed the example code here :

case class Bar(id: Pk[Long], name: String)

object Bar {

  val simple = {
    get[Pk[Long]]("id") ~
    get[String]("name") map {
      case id~name => Bar(id, name)

  def findAll(): Seq[Bar] = {
    DB.withConnection { implicit connection =>
      SQL("select * from bar").as(Bar.simple *)

  def create(bar: Bar): Unit = {
    DB.withConnection { implicit connection =>
      SQL("insert into bar(name) values ({name})").on(
        'name ->


Trying to expand on it, I want to retrieve the primary key just created and store it in the case class.

How can I retrieve the primary key?

Practice As Follows

Use the executeInsert method instead of executeUpdate. Noted here, the foremer method returns Option[T] where T is the type of the primary key.

You can extract the value with a match statement:

    DB.withConnection { implicit connection =>
    } match {
        case Some(long) => long // The Primary Key
        case None       => ...

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