Solvedobjection.js Timestamps once again

I have just started using objection.js and I love it!

However, I have a problem with timestamps. It is not about how to create them. I followed the docs and looked up examples and they are setup properly.

The problem is that I want those fields to be set only by the db, and from none else.

Instead, after the setup I did, I do

People.query().insert({updated_at: '2017-01-01'});

I am able to explicitly set the value. Is there a way to avoid this?

My people.js model file:

'use strict';

const Model = require('objection').Model;

class People extends Model {
  // Table name is the only required property.
  static get tableName() {
    return 'people';

  $beforeInsert() {
    this.created_at = new Date().toISOString();

  $beforeUpdate() {
    this.updated_at = new Date().toISOString();
  static get jsonSchema() {
    return {
      type: 'object',
      required: ['first_name', 'last_name'],

      properties: {
        id: { type: 'integer' },
        first_name: { type: 'string', minLength: 1, maxLength: 255 },
        last_name: { type: 'string', minLength: 1, maxLength: 255 },
        bio: { type: 'string' }
module.exports = People;

and my migration file for the people table:

'use strict'

exports.up = function (knex, Promise) {
  return knex.schema
    .createTable('people', function (table) {
      table.timestamps(true, true);

exports.down = function (knex, Promise) {
  return knex.schema.dropTable('people');
16 Answers

✔️Accepted Answer

Ah, it didn't work because in my BaseModel:

class BaseModel extends Model {
  $beforeInsert() {
    if (this.timestamps) { // <-- Should actually be `this.constructor.timestamps`
      const timestamp = new Date().toISOString()
      this.createdAt = timestamp
      this.updatedAt = timestamp

  $beforeUpdate() {
    if (this.timestamps) { // <-- Should actually be `this.constructor.timestamps`
      this.updatedAt = new Date().toISOString()

...and in my actual model:

class MyModel extends BaseModel {
  static get timestamps() {
    return true
} case anyone else finds their way to this issue.

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