Best practice for instantiating PrismaClient with Next.js


Lots of users have come across this warning while working with Next.js in development:

warn(prisma-client) There are already 10 instances of Prisma Client actively running.

There's a related discussion and issue for the same.

In development, the command next dev clears Node.js cache on run. This in turn initializes a new PrismaClient instance each time due to hot reloading that creates a connection to the database. This can quickly exhaust the database connections as each PrismaClient instance holds its own connection pool.


The solution in this case is to instantiate a single instance PrismaClient and save it on the global object. Then we keep a check to only instantiate PrismaClient if it's not on the global object otherwise use the same instance again if already present to prevent instantiating extra PrismaClient instances.

1import { PrismaClient } from '@prisma/client'
3const globalForPrisma = global as unknown as { prisma: PrismaClient }
5export const prisma =
6 globalForPrisma.prisma ||
7 new PrismaClient({
8 log: ['query'],
9 })
11if (process.env.NODE_ENV !== 'production') globalForPrisma.prisma = prisma

After creating this file, you can now import this PrismaClient instance anywhere in your Next.js pages as follows:

// e.g. in `pages/index.tsx`
import { prisma } from './db'
export const getServerSideProps = async ({ req }) => {
const token = req.headers.AUTHORIZATION
const userId = await getUserId(token)
const posts = await{
where: {
author: { id: userId },
return { props: { posts } }
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