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KV on Deno Deploy

Deno KV is currently in beta

Deno KV and related cloud primitive APIs like queues and cron are currently experimental and subject to change. While we do our best to ensure data durability, data loss is possible, especially around Deno updates.

Deno programs that use KV require the --unstable flag when launching the program, as shown below:

deno run -A --unstable my_kv_code.ts

Deno Deploy now offers a built-in serverless key-value database called Deno KV.

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. Learn more about Deno KV.


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:

RegionLatency (Eventual Consistency)Latency (Strong Consistency)
North Virginia (us-east4)7ms7ms
Frankfurt (europe-west3)7ms94ms
Netherlands (europe-west4)13ms95ms
California (us-west2)72ms72ms
Hong Kong (asia-east2)42ms194ms

Distributed queues

Serverless distributed queues are available on Deno Deploy. See Queues on Deno Deploy for more details.

Connect to managed databases from outside of Deno Deploy

You can connect to your Deno Deploy KV database from your Deno application outside of Deno Deploy. To open a managed database, set the DENO_KV_ACCESS_TOKEN environment variable to a Deno Deploy personal access token and provide the URL of the database to Deno.openKv:

const kv = await Deno.openKv(

Please check the docs for the specification of the protocol for connecting to a remote KV database

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)