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Create a Subgraph

Before being able to use the Graph CLI, you need to create your subgraph in Subgraph Studio. You will then be able to setup your subgraph project and deploy it to the platform of your choice. Note that subgraphs that do not index Ethereum mainnet will not be published to The Graph Network.

The graph init command can be used to set up a new subgraph project, either from an existing contract on any of the public Ethereum networks, or from an example subgraph. This command can be used to create a subgraph on the Subgraph Studio by passing in graph init --product subgraph-studio.

From An Existing Contract#

If you already have a smart contract deployed to Ethereum mainnet or one of the testnets, bootstrapping a new subgraph from this contract can be a good way to get started.

The following command creates a subgraph that indexes all events of an existing contract. It attempts to fetch the contract ABI from Etherscan and falls back to requesting a local file path. If any of the optional arguments are missing, it takes you through an interactive form.

graph init \  --product subgraph-studio  --from-contract <CONTRACT_ADDRESS> \  [--network <ETHEREUM_NETWORK>] \  [--abi <FILE>] \  <SUBGRAPH_SLUG> [<DIRECTORY>]

The <SUBGRAPH_SLUG> is the ID of your subgraph in Subgraph Studio, it can be found on your subgraph details page.

Supported Networks:

The Graph Network supports subgraphs indexing mainnet Ethereum:

  • mainnet

Additional networks are supported on the Legacy Explorer:

  • mainnet
  • kovan
  • rinkeby
  • ropsten
  • goerli
  • poa-core
  • poa-sokol
  • xdai
  • matic
  • mumbai
  • fantom
  • bsc
  • chapel
  • clover
  • avalanche
  • fuji
  • celo
  • celo-alfajores
  • fuse
  • mbase
  • arbitrum-one
  • arbitrum-rinkeby
  • optimism
  • optimism-kovan

Note: You will not be able to publish a subgraph that indexes a non-mainnet network to the decentralized Graph Network in Subgraph Studio.

From An Example Subgraph#

The second mode graph init supports is creating a new project from an example subgraph. The following command does this:

graph init --studio <SUBGRAPH_SLUG>

The example subgraph is based on the Gravity contract by Dani Grant that manages user avatars and emits NewGravatar or UpdateGravatar events whenever avatars are created or updated. The subgraph handles these events by writing Gravatar entities to the Graph Node store and ensuring these are updated according to the events. The following sections will go over the files that make up the subgraph manifest for this example.

The Subgraph Manifest#

The subgraph manifest subgraph.yaml defines the smart contracts your subgraph indexes, which events from these contracts to pay attention to, and how to map event data to entities that Graph Node stores and allows to query. The full specification for subgraph manifests can be found here.

For the example subgraph, subgraph.yaml is:

specVersion: 0.0.1description: Gravatar for Ethereumrepository: https://github.com/graphprotocol/example-subgraphschema:  file: ./schema.graphqldataSources:  - kind: ethereum/contract    name: Gravity    network: mainnet    source:      address: '0x2E645469f354BB4F5c8a05B3b30A929361cf77eC'      abi: Gravity      startBlock: 6175244    mapping:      kind: ethereum/events      apiVersion: 0.0.5      language: wasm/assemblyscript      entities:        - Gravatar      abis:        - name: Gravity          file: ./abis/Gravity.json      eventHandlers:        - event: NewGravatar(uint256,address,string,string)          handler: handleNewGravatar        - event: UpdatedGravatar(uint256,address,string,string)          handler: handleUpdatedGravatar      callHandlers:        - function: createGravatar(string,string)          handler: handleCreateGravatar      blockHandlers:        - function: handleBlock        - function: handleBlockWithCall          filter:            kind: call      file: ./src/mapping.ts

The important entries to update for the manifest are:

  • description: a human-readable description of what the subgraph is. This description is displayed by the Graph Explorer when the subgraph is deployed to the Hosted Service.

  • repository: the URL of the repository where the subgraph manifest can be found. This is also displayed by the Graph Explorer.

  • dataSources.source: the address of the smart contract the subgraph sources, and the abi of the smart contract to use. The address is optional; omitting it allows to index matching events from all contracts.

  • dataSources.source.startBlock: the optional number of the block that the data source starts indexing from. In most cases we suggest using the block in which the contract was created.

  • dataSources.mapping.entities: the entities that the data source writes to the store. The schema for each entity is defined in the the schema.graphql file.

  • dataSources.mapping.abis: one or more named ABI files for the source contract as well as any other smart contracts that you interact with from within the mappings.

  • dataSources.mapping.eventHandlers: lists the smart contract events this subgraph reacts to and the handlers in the mapping—./src/mapping.ts in the example—that transform these events into entities in the store.

  • dataSources.mapping.callHandlers: lists the smart contract functions this subgraph reacts to and handlers in the mapping that transform the inputs and outputs to function calls into entities in the store.

  • dataSources.mapping.blockHandlers: lists the blocks this subgraph reacts to and handlers in the mapping to run when a block is appended to the chain. Without a filter, the block handler will be run every block. An optional filter can be provided with the following kinds: call. Acall` filter will run the handler if the block contains at least one call to the data source contract.

A single subgraph can index data from multiple smart contracts. Add an entry for each contract from which data needs to be indexed to the dataSources array.

The triggers for a data source within a block are ordered using the following process:

  1. Event and call triggers are first ordered by transaction index within the block.
  2. Event and call triggers with in the same transaction are ordered using a convention: event triggers first then call triggers, each type respecting the order they are defined in the manifest.
  3. Block triggers are run after event and call triggers, in the order they are defined in the manifest.

These ordering rules are subject to change.

Getting The ABIs#

The ABI file(s) must match your contract(s). There are a few ways to obtain ABI files:

  • If you are building your own project, you will likely have access to your most current ABIs.
  • If you are building a subgraph for a public project, you can download that project to your computer and get the ABI by using truffle compile or using solc to compile.
  • You can also find the ABI on Etherscan, but this isn't always reliable, as the ABI that is uploaded there may be out of date. Make sure you have the right ABI, otherwise running your subgraph will fail.

The GraphQL Schema#

The schema for your subgraph is in the file schema.graphql. GraphQL schemas are defined using the GraphQL interface definition language. If you've never written a GraphQL schema, it is recommended that you check out this primer on the GraphQL type system. Reference documentation for GraphQL schemas can be found in the GraphQL API section.

Defining Entities#

Before defining entities, it is important to take a step back and think about how your data is structured and linked. All queries will be made against the data model defined in the subgraph schema and the entities indexed by the subgraph. Because of this, it is good to define the subgraph schema in a way that matches the needs of your dApp. It may be useful to imagine entities as "objects containing data", rather than as events or functions.

With The Graph, you simply define entity types in schema.graphql, and Graph Node will generate top level fields for querying single instances and collections of that entity type. Each type that should be an entity is required to be annotated with an @entity directive.

Good Example#

The Gravatar entity below is structured around a Gravatar object and is a good example of how an entity could be defined.

type Gravatar @entity {  id: ID!  owner: Bytes  displayName: String  imageUrl: String  accepted: Boolean}

Bad Example#

The example GravatarAccepted and GravatarDeclined entities below are based around events. It is not recommended to map events or function calls to entities 1:1.

type GravatarAccepted @entity {  id: ID!  owner: Bytes  displayName: String  imageUrl: String}
type GravatarDeclined @entity {  id: ID!  owner: Bytes  displayName: String  imageUrl: String}

Optional and Required Fields#

Entity fields can be defined as required or optional. Required fields are indicated by the ! in the schema. If a required field is not set in the mapping, you will receive this error when querying the field:

Null value resolved for non-null field 'name'

Each entity must have an id field, which is of type ID! (string). The id field serves as the primary key, and needs to be unique among all entities of the same type.

Built-In Scalar Types#

GraphQL Supported Scalars#

We support the following scalars in our GraphQL API:

TypeDescription
BytesByte array, represented as a hexadecimal string. Commonly used for Ethereum hashes and addresses.
IDStored as a string.
StringScalar for string values. Null characters are not supported and are automatically removed.
BooleanScalar for boolean values.
IntThe GraphQL spec defines Int to have size of 32 bytes.
BitIntLarge integers. Used for Ethereum's uint32, int64, uint64, ..., uint256 types. Note: Everything below uint32, such as int32, uint24 or int8 is represented as i32.
BigDecimalBigDecimal High precision decimals represented as a signficand and an exponent. The exponent range is from −6143 to +6144. Rounded to 34 significant digits.

Enums#

You can also create enums within a schema. Enums have the following syntax:

enum TokenStatus {  OriginalOwner  SecondOwner  ThirdOwner}

Once the enum is defined in the schema, you can use the string representation of the enum value to set an enum field on an entity. For example, you can set the tokenStatus to SecondOwner by first defining your entity and subsequently setting the field with entity.tokenStatus = "SecondOwner. The example below demonstrates what the Token entity would look like with an enum field:

More detail on writing enums can be found in the GraphQL documentation.

Entity Relationships#

An entity may have a relationship to one or more other entities in your schema. These relationships may be traversed in your queries. Relationships in The Graph are unidirectional. It is possible to simulate bidirectional relationships by defining a unidirectional relationship on either "end" of the relationship.

Relationships are defined on entities just like any other field except that the type specified is that of another entity.

One-To-One Relationships#

Define a Transaction entity type with an optional one-to-one relationship with a TransactionReceipt entity type:

type Transaction @entity {  id: ID!  transactionReceipt: TransactionReceipt}
type TransactionReceipt @entity {  id: ID!  transaction: Transaction}

One-To-Many Relationships#

Define a TokenBalance entity type with a required one-to-many relationship with a Token entity type:

type Token @entity {  id: ID!}
type TokenBalance @entity {  id: ID!  amount: Int!  token: Token!}

Reverse Lookups#

Reverse lookups can be defined on an entity through the @derivedFrom field. This creates a virtual field on the entity that may be queried but cannot be set manually through the mappings API. Rather, it is derived from the relationship defined on the other entity. For such relationships, it rarely makes sense to store both sides of the relationship, and both indexing and query performance will be better when only one side is stored and the other is derived.

For one-to-many relationships, the relationship should always be stored on the 'one' side, and the 'many' side should always be derived. Storing the relationship this way, rather than storing an array of entities on the 'many' side, will result in dramatically better performance for both indexing and querying the subgraph. In general, storing arrays of entities should be avoided as much as is practical.

Example#

We can make the balances for a token accessible from the token by deriving a tokenBalances field:

type Token @entity {  id: ID!  tokenBalances: [TokenBalance!]! @derivedFrom(field: "token")}
type TokenBalance @entity {  id: ID!  amount: Int!  token: Token!}

Many-To-Many Relationships#

For many-to-many relationships, such as users that each may belong to any number of organizations, the most straightforward, but generally not the most performant, way to model the relationship is as an array in each of the two entities involved. If the relationship is symmetric, only one side of the relationship needs to be stored and the other side can be derived.

Example#

Define a reverse lookup from a User entity type to an Organization entity type. In the example below, this is achieved by looking up the members attribute from within the Organization entity. In queries, the organizations field on User will be resolved by finding all Organization entities that include the user's ID.

type Organization @entity {  id: ID!  name: String!  members: [User!]!}
type User @entity {  id: ID!  name: String!  organizations: [Organization!]! @derivedFrom(field: "members")}

A more performant way to store this relationship is through a mapping table that has one entry for each User / Organization pair with a schema like

type Organization @entity {  id: ID!  name: String!  members: [UserOrganization]! @derivedFrom(field: "user")}
type User @entity {  id: ID!  name: String!  organizations: [UserOrganization!] @derivedFrom(field: "organization")}
type UserOrganization @entity {  id: ID! # Set to `${user.id}-${organization.id}`  user: User!  organization: Organization!}

This approach requires that queries descend into one additional level to retrieve, for example, the organizations for users:

query usersWithOrganizations {  users {    organizations {      # this is a UserOrganization entity      organization {        name      }    }  }}

This more elaborate way of storing many-to-many relationships will result in less data stored for the subgraph, and therefore to a subgraph that is often dramatically faster to index and to query.

Adding comments to the schema#

As per GraphQL spec, comments can be added above schema entity attributes using double quotations "". This is illustrated in the example below:

type MyFirstEntity @entity {  "unique identifier and primary key of the entity"  id: ID!  address: Bytes!}

Defining Fulltext Search Fields#

Fulltext search queries filter and rank entities based on a text search input. Fulltext queries are able to return matches for similar words by processing the query text input into stems before comparing to the indexed text data.

A fulltext query definition includes the query name, the language dictionary used to process the text fields, the ranking algorithm used to order the results, and the fields included in the search. Each fulltext query may span multiple fields, but all included fields must be from a single entity type.

To add a fulltext query, include a _Schema_ type with a fulltext directive in the GraphQL schema.

type _Schema_  @fulltext(    name: "bandSearch"    language: en    algorithm: rank    include: [{ entity: "Band", fields: [{ name: "name" }, { name: "description" }, { name: "bio" }] }]  )
type Band @entity {  id: ID!  name: String!  description: String!  bio: String  wallet: Address  labels: [Label!]!  discography: [Album!]!  members: [Musician!]!}

The example bandSearch field can be used in queries to filter Band entities based on the text documents in the name, description, and bio fields. Jump to GraphQL API - Queries for a description of the Fulltext search API and for more example usage.

query {  bandSearch(text: "breaks & electro & detroit") {    id    name    description    wallet  }}

Languages supported#

Choosing a different language will have a definitive, though sometimes subtle, effect on the fulltext search API. Fields covered by a fulltext query field are examined in the context of the chosen language, so the lexemes produced by analysis and search queries vary language to language. For example: when using the supported Turkish dictionary "token" is stemmed to "toke" while, of course, the English dictionary will stem it to "token".

Supported language dictionaries:

CodeDictionary
simpleGeneral
daDanish
nlDutch
enEnglish
fiFinnish
frFrench
deGerman
huHungarian
itItalian
noNorwegian
ptPortugese
roRomanian
ruRussian
esSpanish
svSwedish
trTurkish

Ranking Algorithms#

Supported algorithms for ordering results:

AlgorithmDescription
rankUse the match quality (0-1) of the fulltext query to order the results.
proximityRankSimilar to rank but also includes the proximity of the matches.

Writing Mappings#

The mappings transform the Ethereum data your mappings are sourcing into entities defined in your schema. Mappings are written in a subset of TypeScript called AssemblyScript which can be compiled to WASM (WebAssembly). AssemblyScript is stricter than normal TypeScript, yet provides a familiar syntax.

For each event handler that is defined in subgraph.yaml under mapping.eventHandlers, create an exported function of the same name. Each handler must accept a single parameter called event with a type corresponding to the name of the event which is being handled.

In the example subgraph, src/mapping.ts contains handlers for the NewGravatar and UpdatedGravatar events:

import { NewGravatar, UpdatedGravatar } from '../generated/Gravity/Gravity';import { Gravatar } from '../generated/schema';
export function handleNewGravatar(event: NewGravatar): void {  let gravatar = new Gravatar(event.params.id.toHex());  gravatar.owner = event.params.owner;  gravatar.displayName = event.params.displayName;  gravatar.imageUrl = event.params.imageUrl;  gravatar.save();}
export function handleUpdatedGravatar(event: UpdatedGravatar): void {  let id = event.params.id.toHex();  let gravatar = Gravatar.load(id);  if (gravatar == null) {    gravatar = new Gravatar(id);  }  gravatar.owner = event.params.owner;  gravatar.displayName = event.params.displayName;  gravatar.imageUrl = event.params.imageUrl;  gravatar.save();}

The first handler takes a NewGravatar event and creates a new Gravatar entity with new Gravatar(event.params.id.toHex()), populating the entity fields using the corresponding event parameters. This entity instance is represented by the variable gravatar, with an id value of event.params.id.toHex().

The second handler tries to load the existing Gravatar from the Graph Node store. If it does not exist yet, it is created on demand. The entity is then updated to match the new event parameters, before it is saved back to the store using gravatar.save().

Recommended IDs for Creating New Entities#

Every entity has to have an id that is unique among all entities of the same type. An entity's id value is set when the entity is created. Below are some recommended id values to consider when creating new entities. NOTE: The value of id must be a string.

  • event.params.id.toHex()
  • event.transaction.from.toHex()
  • event.transaction.hash.toHex() + "-" + event.logIndex.toString()

We provide the Graph Typescript Library which contains utilies for interacting with the Graph Node store and conveniences for handling smart contract data and entities. You can use this library in your mappings by importing @graphprotocol/graph-ts in mapping.ts.

Code Generation#

In order to make working smart contracts, events and entities easy and type-safe, the Graph CLI can generate AssemblyScript types from the subgraph's GraphQL schema and the contract ABIs included in the data sources.

This is done with

graph codegen [--output-dir <OUTPUT_DIR>] [<MANIFEST>]

but in most cases, subgraphs are already preconfigured via package.json to allow you to simply run one of the following to achieve the same:

# Yarnyarn codegen
# NPMnpm run codegen

This will generate an AssemblyScript class for every smart contract in the ABI files mentioned in subgraph.yaml, allowing you to bind these contracts to specific addresses in the mappings and call read-only contract methods against the block being processed. It will also generate a class for every contract event to provide easy access to event parameters as well as the block and transaction the event originated from. All of these types are written to <OUTPUT_DIR>/<DATA_SOURCE_NAME>/<ABI_NAME>.ts. In the example subgraph, this would be generated/Gravity/Gravity.ts, allowing mappings to import these types with

import {  // The contract class:  Gravity,  // The events classes:  NewGravatar,  UpdatedGravatar} from '../generated/Gravity/Gravity';

In addition to this, one class is generated for each entity type in the subgraph's GraphQL schema. These classes provide type-safe entity loading, read and write access to entity fields as well as a save() method to write entities to store. All entity classes are written to <OUTPUT_DIR>/schema.ts, allowing mappings to import them with

import { Gravatar } from '../generated/schema';

Note: The code generation must be performed again after every change to the GraphQL schema or the ABIs included in the manifest. It must also be performed at least once before building or deploying the subgraph.

Code generation does not check your mapping code in src/mapping.ts. If you want to check that before trying to deploy your subgraph to the Graph Explorer, you can run yarn build and fix any syntax errors that the TypeScript compiler might find.

Data Source Templates#

A common pattern in Ethereum smart contracts is the use of registry or factory contracts, where one contract creates, manages or references an arbitrary number of other contracts that each have their own state and events. The addresses of these sub-contracts may or may not be known upfront and many of these contracts may be created and/or added over time. This is why, in such cases, defining a single data source or a fixed number of data sources is impossible and a more dynamic approach is needed: data source templates.

Data Source for the Main Contract#

First, you define a regular data source for the main contract. The snippet below shows a simplified example data source for the Uniswap exchange factory contract. Note the NewExchange(address,address) event handler. This is emitted when a new exchange contract is created on chain by the factory contract.

dataSources:  - kind: ethereum/contract    name: Factory    network: mainnet    source:      address: '0xc0a47dFe034B400B47bDaD5FecDa2621de6c4d95'      abi: Factory    mapping:      kind: ethereum/events      apiVersion: 0.0.5      language: wasm/assemblyscript      file: ./src/mappings/factory.ts      entities:        - Directory      abis:        - name: Factory          file: ./abis/factory.json      eventHandlers:        - event: NewExchange(address,address)          handler: handleNewExchange

Data Source Templates for Dynamically Created Contracts#

Then, you add data source templates to the manifest. These are identical to regular data sources, except that they lack a predefined contract address under source. Typically, you would define one template for each type of sub-contract managed or referenced by the parent contract.

dataSources:  - kind: ethereum/contract    name: Factory    # ... other source fields for the main contract ...templates:  - name: Exchange    kind: ethereum/contract    network: mainnet    source:      abi: Exchange    mapping:      kind: ethereum/events      apiVersion: 0.0.5      language: wasm/assemblyscript      file: ./src/mappings/exchange.ts      entities:        - Exchange      abis:        - name: Exchange          file: ./abis/exchange.json      eventHandlers:        - event: TokenPurchase(address,uint256,uint256)          handler: handleTokenPurchase        - event: EthPurchase(address,uint256,uint256)          handler: handleEthPurchase        - event: AddLiquidity(address,uint256,uint256)          handler: handleAddLiquidity        - event: RemoveLiquidity(address,uint256,uint256)          handler: handleRemoveLiquidity

Instantiating a Data Source Template#

In the final step, you update your main contract mapping to create a dynamic data source instance from one of the templates. In this example, you would change the main contract mapping to import the Exchange template and call the Exchange.create(address) method on it to start indexing the new exchange contract.

import { Exchange } from '../generated/templates';
export function handleNewExchange(event: NewExchange): void {  // Start indexing the exchange; `event.params.exchange` is the  // address of the new exchange contract  Exchange.create(event.params.exchange);}

Note: A new data source will only process the calls and events for the block in which it was created and all following blocks, but will not process historical data, i.e., data that is contained in prior blocks.

If prior blocks contain data relevant to the new data source, it is best to index that data by reading the current state of the contract and creating entities representing that state at the time the new data source is created.

Data Source Context#

Data source contexts allow passing extra configuration when instantiating a template. In our example, let's say exchanges are associated with a particular trading pair, which is included in the NewExchange event. That information can be passed into the instantiated data source, like so:

import { Exchange } from '../generated/templates';
export function handleNewExchange(event: NewExchange): void {  let context = new DataSourceContext();  context.setString('tradingPair', event.params.tradingPair);  Exchange.createWithContext(event.params.exchange, context);}

Inside a mapping of the Exchange template, the context can then be accessed:

import { dataSource } from '@graphprotocol/graph-ts';
let context = dataSource.context();let tradingPair = context.getString('tradingPair');

There are setters and getters like setString and getString for all value types.

Start Blocks#

The startBlock is an optional setting that allows you to define from which block in the chain the data source will start indexing. Setting the start block allows the data source to skip potentially millions of blocks that are irrelevant. Typically, a subgraph developer will set startBlock to the block in which the smart contract of the data source was created.

dataSources:  - kind: ethereum/contract    name: ExampleSource    network: mainnet    source:      address: '0xc0a47dFe034B400B47bDaD5FecDa2621de6c4d95'      abi: ExampleContract      startBlock: 6627917    mapping:      kind: ethereum/events      apiVersion: 0.0.5      language: wasm/assemblyscript      file: ./src/mappings/factory.ts      entities:        - User      abis:        - name: ExampleContract          file: ./abis/ExampleContract.json      eventHandlers:        - event: NewEvent(address,address)          handler: handleNewEvent

Note: The contract creation block can be quickly looked up on Etherscan:

  1. Search for the contract by entering its address in the search bar.
  2. Click on the creation transaction hash in the Contract Creator section.
  3. Load the transaction details page where you'll find the start block for that contract.

Call Handlers#

While events provide an effective way to collect relevant changes to the state of a contract, many contracts avoid generating logs to optimize gas costs. In these cases, a subgraph can subscribe to calls made to the data source contract. This is achieved by defining call handlers referencing the function signature and the mapping handler that will process calls to this function. To process these calls, the mapping handler will receive an ethereum.Call as an argument with the typed inputs to and outputs from the call. Calls made at any depth in a transaction's call chain will trigger the mapping, allowing activity with the data source contract through proxy contracts to be captured.

Call handlers will only trigger in one of two cases: when the function specified is called by an account other than the contract itself or when it is marked as external in Solidity and called as part of another function in the same contract.

Note: Call handlers are not supported on Rinkeby, Goerli or Ganache. Call handlers currently depend on the Parity tracing API and these networks do not support it.

Defining a Call Handler#

To define a call handler in your manifest simply add a callHandlers array under the data source you would like to subscribe to.

dataSources:  - kind: ethereum/contract    name: Gravity    network: mainnet    source:      address: '0x731a10897d267e19b34503ad902d0a29173ba4b1'      abi: Gravity    mapping:      kind: ethereum/events      apiVersion: 0.0.5      language: wasm/assemblyscript      entities:        - Gravatar        - Transaction      abis:        - name: Gravity          file: ./abis/Gravity.json      callHandlers:        - function: createGravatar(string,string)          handler: handleCreateGravatar

The function is the normalized function signature to filter calls by. The handler property is the name of the function in your mapping you would like to execute when the target function is called in the data source contract.

Mapping Function#

Each call handler takes a single parameter that has a type corresponding to the name of the called function. In the example subgraph above, the mapping contains a handler for when the createGravatar function is called and receives a CreateGravatarCall parameter as an argument:

import { CreateGravatarCall } from '../generated/Gravity/Gravity';import { Transaction } from '../generated/schema';
export function handleCreateGravatar(call: CreateGravatarCall): void {  let id = call.transaction.hash.toHex();  let transaction = new Transaction(id);  transaction.displayName = call.inputs._displayName;  transaction.imageUrl = call.inputs._imageUrl;  transaction.save();}

The handleCreateGravatar function takes a new CreateGravatarCall which is a subclass of ethereum.Call, provided by @graphprotocol/graph-ts, that includes the typed inputs and outputs of the call. The CreateGravatarCall type is generated for you when you run graph codegen.

Block Handlers#

In addition to subscribing to contract events or function calls, a subgraph may want to update its data as new blocks are appended to the chain. To achieve this a subgraph can run a function after every block or after blocks that match a predefined filter.

Supported Filters#

filter:  kind: call

The defined handler will be called once for every block which contains a call to the contract (data source) the handler is defined under.

The absense of a filter for a block handler will ensure that the handler is called every block. A data source can only contain one block handler for each filter type.

dataSources:  - kind: ethereum/contract    name: Gravity    network: dev    source:      address: '0x731a10897d267e19b34503ad902d0a29173ba4b1'      abi: Gravity    mapping:      kind: ethereum/events      apiVersion: 0.0.5      language: wasm/assemblyscript      entities:        - Gravatar        - Transaction      abis:        - name: Gravity          file: ./abis/Gravity.json      blockHandlers:        - handler: handleBlock        - handler: handleBlockWithCallToContract          filter:            kind: call

Mapping Function#

The mapping function will receive an ethereum.Block as its only argument. Like mapping functions for events, this function can access existing subgraph entities in the store, call smart contracts and create or update entities.

import { ethereum } from '@graphprotocol/graph-ts';
export function handleBlock(block: ethereum.Block): void {  let id = block.hash.toHex();  let entity = new Block(id);  entity.save();}

Anonymous Events#

If you need to process anonymous events in Solidity, that can be achieved by providing the topic 0 of the event, as in the example:

eventHandlers:  - event: LogNote(bytes4,address,bytes32,bytes32,uint256,bytes)    topic0: '0xbaa8529c00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000'    handler: handleGive

An event will only be triggered when both the signature and topic 0 match. By default, topic0 is equal to the hash of the event signature.

Experimental features#

IPFS Pinning#

A common use case for combining IPFS with Ethereum is to store data on IPFS that would be too expensive to maintain on chain, and reference the IPFS hash in Ethereum contracts.

Given such IPFS hashes, subgraphs can read the corresponding files from IPFS using ipfs.cat and ipfs.map. To do this reliably, however, it is required that these files are pinned on the IPFS node that the Graph Node indexing the subgraph connects to. In the case of the hosted service, this is https://api.thegraph.com/ipfs/.

Note: The Graph Network does not yet support ipfs.cat and ipfs.map, and developers should not deploy subgraphs using that functionality to the network via the Studio.

In order to make this easy for subgraph developers, The Graph team wrote a tool for transfering files from one IPFS node to another, called ipfs-sync.

Non-fatal errors#

Indexing errors on already synced subgraphs will, by default, cause the subgraph to fail and stop syncing. Subgraphs can alternatively be configured to continue syncing in the presence of errors, by ignoring the changes made by the handler which provoked the error. This gives subgraph authors time to correct their subgraphs while queries continue to be served against the latest block, though the results will possibly be inconsistent due to the bug that caused the error. Note that some errors are still always fatal, to be non-fatal the error must be known to be deterministic.

Note: The Graph Network does not yet support non-fatal errors, and developers should not deploy subgraphs using that functionality to the network via the Studio.

Enabling non-fatal errors requires setting the following feature flag on the subgraph manifest:

features:  - nonFatalErrors

The query must also opt-in to querying data with potential inconsistencies through the subgraphError argument. It is also recommended to query _meta to check if the subgraph has skipped over errors, as in the example:

foos(first: 100, subgraphError: allow) {  id}
_meta {  hasIndexingErrors}

If the subgraph encounters an error that query will return both the data and a graphql error with the message "indexing_error", as in this example response:

"data": {    "foos": [        {          "id": "fooId"        }    ],    "_meta": {        "hasIndexingErrors": true    }},"errors": [    {        "message": "indexing_error"    }]

Grafting onto Existing Subgraphs#

When a subgraph is first deployed, it starts indexing events at the genesis block of the corresponding chain (or at the startBlock defined with each data source) In some circumstances, it is beneficial to reuse the data from an existing subgraph and start indexing at a much later block. This mode of indexing is called Grafting. Grafting is, for example, useful during development to get past simple errors in the mappings quickly, or to temporarily get an existing subgraph working again after it has failed.

Note: Grafting requires that the Indexer has indexed the base subgraph. It is not recommended on The Graph Network at this time, and developers should not deploy subgraphs using that functionality to the network via the Studio.

A subgraph is grafted onto a base subgraph when the subgraph manifest in subgraph.yaml contains a graft block at the toplevel:

description: ...graft:  base: Qm... # Subgraph ID of base subgraph  block: 7345624 # Block number

When a subgraph whose manifest contains a graft block is deployed, Graph Node will copy the data of the base subgraph up to and including the given block and then continue indexing the new subgraph from that block on. The base subgraph must exist on the target Graph Node instance and must have indexed up to at least the given block. Because of this restriction, grafting should only be used during development or during an emergency to speed up producing an equivalent non-grafted subgraph.

Because grafting copies rather than indexes base data it is much quicker in getting the subgraph to the desired block than indexing from scratch, though the initial data copy can still take several hours for very large subgraphs. While the grafted subgraph is being initialized, the Graph Node will log information about the entity types that have already been copied.

The grafted subgraph can use a GraphQL schema that is not identical to the one of the base subgraph, but merely compatible with it. It has to be a valid subgraph schema in its own right but may deviate from the base subgraph's schema in the following ways:

  • It adds or removes entity types
  • It removes attributes from entity types
  • It adds nullable attributes to entity types
  • It turns non-nullable attributes into nullable attributes
  • It adds values to enums
  • It adds or removes interfaces
  • It changes for which entity types an interface is implemented