dgraph 0.1.2

A rust client for Dgraph database
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A rust client for dgraph

Dgraph Rust client which communicates with the server using gRPC.

Before using this client, it is highly recommended to go through tour.dgraph.io and docs.dgraph.io to understand how to run and work with Dgraph.

Table of contents


Dgraph-rs is available on crates.io. Add the following dependency to your Cargo.toml

dgraph = "0.1.1"

Using a client

Create a client

Dgraph object can be initialised by passing it a list of dgraph::DgraphClient clients as a vector. Connecting to multiple Dgraph servers in the same cluster allows for better distribution of workload. The library provides a macro to do so.

The following code snippet shows just one connection.

  let dgraph = make_dgraph!(dgraph::new_dgraph_client("localhost:9080"));

Alter the database

To set the schema, create an instance of dgraph::Operation and use the Alter endpoint.

let op = dgraph::Operation{
  Schema: "name: string @index(exact) .", ..Default::default()
let result = dgraph.Alter(&op);
// Check error

Operation contains other fields as well, including DropAttr and DropAll. DropAll is useful if you wish to discard all the data, and start from a clean slate, without bringing the instance down. DropAttr is used to drop all the data related to a predicate.

Create a transaction

To create a transaction, call dgraph.new_txn(), which returns a dgraph::Txn object. This operation incurs no network overhead.

It is a good practice to call txn.discard() using a defer statement after it is initialized. Calling txn.discard() after txn.commit() is a no-op and you can call txn.discard() multiple times with no additional side-effects.

let txn = dgraph.new_txn();

Run a mutation

txn.mutate(mu) runs a mutation. It takes in a dgraph::Mutation object. You can set the data using JSON or RDF N-Quad format.

We define a Person struct to represent a Person and marshal an instance of it to use with Mutation object.

#[derive(Serialize, Deserialize, Default, Debug)]
struct Person {
  uid: String,
  name: String,

let p = Person {
  uid:  "_:alice".to_string(),
  Name: "Alice".to_string(),

let pb = serde_json::to_vec(&p).expect("Invalid json");

let mut mu = dgraph::Mutation {
  json: pb, ..Default::default()

let assigned = txn.mutate(mu).expect("failed to create data");

For a more complete example, see the simple example simple.

Sometimes, you only want to commit a mutation, without querying anything further. In such cases, you can use mu.commit_now = true to indicate that the mutation must be immediately committed.

Run a query

You can run a query by calling txn.query(q). You will need to pass in a GraphQL+- query string. If you want to pass an additional map of any variables that you might want to set in the query, call txn.query_with_vars(q, vars) with the variables map as third argument.

Let's run the following query with a variable $a:

let q = r#"query all($a: string) {
    all(func: eq(name, $a)) {

let mut vars = HashMap::new();
vars.insert("$a".to_string(), "Alice".to_string());

let resp = dgraph.new_readonly_txn().query_with_vars(q, vars).expect("query");
resp, err = txn.query_with_vars(ctx, q, map[string]string{"$a": "Alice"})
let root: Root = serde_json::from_slice(&resp.json).expect("parsing");
println!("Root: {:#?}", root);

When running a schema query, the schema response is found in the Schema field of dgraph::Response.

let q = r#"schema(pred: [name]) {

let resp = txn.query(q)?;
println!("{:#?}", resp.schema);

Commit a transaction

A transaction can be committed using the txn.commit() method. If your transaction consisted solely of calls to txn.query or txn.query_with_vars, and no calls to txn.mutate, then calling txn.commit is not necessary.

An error will be returned if other transactions running concurrently modify the same data that was modified in this transaction. It is up to the user to retry transactions when they fail.

let txn = dgraph.new_txn();
// Perform some queries and mutations.

let res = txn.commit();
if res.is_err() {
  // Retry or handle error