Tutorial :Refer to a specific document in a BaseX DB using XQuery


If I add two documents to a BaseX DB, let's say normal.xml and normal2.xml, is there a way to refer to each one individually?

I know about the doc() function, but it looks at the filesystem for their location, rather than in the database itself.

For instance, if I query with this: doc("normal.xml")/name, then I will get an error about normal.xml not being found.

I also tried: basex:db("my-db-name")/doc("normal.xml")/name and received the same error.

Any ideas?


I ended up asking on the BaseX mailing list and the answer I received is as follows:

for $doc in collection('test-db')      where matches(document-uri($doc), 'example.xml')  return $doc  

I also inquired as to why there was no direct way to reference the document one would want to extract data from in constant time, and the response was:

This is due to the XQuery data model. XQuery has no formal notion of files inside a database/collection (Christian might correct me if I am wrong), so the collection() command returns any sequence of (document-)nodes for the given database. It is up to the user to pick those nodes he wants to process.

We are currently looking for ideas on navigating collections more intuitively; something similar to "collection('db/path-to/document.xml')" that should still conform to the current W3C recommendation. As the subsequent document-uri() usually works well enough this is not too high on our priority list.

Thanks for the help though.


The following query might help you:

for $doc in collection('your-db-name')  let $path := base-uri($doc)  where ends-with($path, 'normal.xml')  return $doc/name  


The doc() function is all you need assuming you know. Assuming you have created and opened a database named 'mydb,' if you add a document with the following command:

ADD TO your_name /some/path/on/filesystem.xml  

You can always open the following document using:

XQUERY doc('mydb/your_name')  

ADD TO will ignore the file name you gave it and use the name you specified in the URI. Be warned though: there is no guarantee of uniqueness of 'your_name' when you run that command. And if it's not unique, the (doc) function will throw a BaseX error (not part of XQuery standard) saying it matches more than one document.

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