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An entity is an object defined primarily by its idenity. evans2004

The above definition requires all Entities to have some sort of identifier attached to them. This is unlike a ValueObject that holds attributes with specific qualities but no identifier to distinguish between different values.

An example of an Entity could be an Address that has a unique identifier through which it can be referenced by other Entities using its Id without needing to directly store the values of the Entity in that object. On the other hand, an Address could alternatively be represented by a ValueObject under different circumstances. In a software printing out envelopes, an Address could simply be a ValueObject because it would represent just a value being printed on an envelope. Nonetheless, for a postal service an address's history might need to be tracked e.g. to forward mail sent to the old address, to the new address, in which case an Entity would be more appropriate.

A very special type of Entity is the Root Entity. You can think of a Root Entity as an entity that can be directly looked up using just its Id without relying on a different Entity. For example, in the context of a purchase order, you could have several lines of items (Item 1, Item 2, Item 3 etc.) within that purchase order. Item 1 on its own doesn't mean much, and so a request to a URL such as would make no sense because the Id 1 only makes sense within a specific purchase order such as this In this example, the purchase order would have to be a Root Entity and not a "simple" Entity whereas the item would be just an Entity. If you need help with these concepts don't hesitate to reach out on our Discord.

In the literature, you will see a lot of time the words Aggregate and Aggregate Root. An Aggregate is the conceptual combination of a Root Entity and the boundary of all other Entities placed inside the Root Entity whereas, an Aggragate Root is the Root Entity of the Aggregate.

Important: An Entity can be included in only a single Root Entity but could be referenced using its Id in several. Other Root Entities can also be referenced by their Ids in another Root Entity but cannot be included into another directly.


// This is the Root Entity definition - for a simple entity just remove the Root before the Entity
Root Entity TodoEntity {
// Props are automatically converted into class variables with getters and setters.
// If you want to make them private then you need to add the word private before the property declaration
// e.g. private title Title;
// In such a case, no getter / setter methods are going to be created and you will only be able to access
// the variable from within class methods.
// To access a class variable you use "this." infront of the name of the variable e.g. this.title
constructor(props: TodoProps): (OK(TodoEntity), Errors(DomainErrors.InvalidTitleError)) {}

// methods that return OK/Errors are automatically public, if you need a private one that returns OK/Errors
// you can add "private" before the method name e.g. private complete()
complete(): (OK(), Errors()) {
this.completed = true;

uncomplete(): (OK(), Errors()) {
this.completed = false;

updateTitle(title: string): (OK(), Errors(DomainErrors.InvalidTitleError)) {
this.title = TitleVO({title: title});
return this.title.getTitle();

// Props are used to define the required (or optional) properties of a class (such as ValueObject, Entity etc.)
Props TitleProps {
Title title;

// A Rule is used to validate the values of a ValueObject
Rule IsValidTitle(title: string) throws DomainErrors.InvalidTitleError {
isBrokenIf(title > 150 OR title < 4);

// An Entity usually contains ValueObjects or other Entities
ValueObject TitleVO {
constructor(props: TitleProps): (OK(TitleVO), Errors(DomainErrors.InvalidTitleError)) {

DomainError InvalidTitleError(title: string) {
message: `Title ${title} is out of range`,
errorId: 'fe53432-8ef7-42349-ab67-cb83d1d7772fe',

  1. Eric Evans, Domain Driven Design, 2004