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Dgraph .Net C# library for Dgraph

This library for Dgraph with C# is distributed under the Apache 2.0 license.

It's developed independently to Dgraph.

Learn more about Dgraph at

Versions of this library match up to Dgraph versions as follows:

DgraphDotNet versions Dgraph version
v0.1.0 v1.0.3
v0.2.0 v1.0.4
v0.3.0 v1.0.5
v0.4.0 .. v0.4.2 v1.0.9

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Grab the Dgraph-dotnet NuGet package.


Checkout the examples in source/Dgraph-dotnet.examples. There's a script in source/Dgraph-dotnet.examples/scripts to spin up a dgraph instance to run examples with.


There's three client interfaces.

  • IDrgaphClient for serialising objects to JSON and running queries
  • IDgraphMutationsClient for the above plus individual edge mutations
  • IDgraphBatchingClient for the above plus batching updates

Upserts are supported by all three.

Objects and JSON

Use your favourite JSON serialization library.

Have an object model

public class Person
    public string uid { get; set; }
    public string name { get; set; }
    public DateTime DOB { get; set; }
    public List<Person> friends { get; } = new List<Person>();

Make a new client

using(var client = DgraphDotNet.Clients.NewDgraphClient()) {

Grab a transaction, serialize your object model to JSON, mutate the graph and commit the transaction.

    using(var transaction = client.NewTransaction()) {
        var json = ...serialize your object model...

Or to query the graph.

    using(var transaction = client.NewTransaction()) {
        var res = transaction.Query(query);
        dynamic newObjects = ...deserialize...(res.Value);


Check out the example in source/Dgraph-dotnet.examples/ObjectsToDgraph.

Graph edges and mutations

If you want to form mutations based on edge additions and deletions.

Make a mutations client giving it the address of the zero node.

using(IDgraphMutationsClient client = DgraphDotNet.Clients.NewDgraphMutationsClient("")) {

Grab a transaction, add as many edge edges/properties to a mutation as required, submit the mutation, commit the transaction when done.

    using(var txn = client.NewTransactionWithMutations()) {
        var mutation = txn.NewMutation();
        var node = NewNode().Value;
        var property = Clients.BuildProperty(node, "someProperty", GraphValue.BuildStringValue("HI"));
        var err = mutation.Submit();
        if(err.IsFailed) {
            // ... something went wrong

Check out the example in source/Dgraph-dotnet.examples/MutationExample.

Edges in batches

If you want to throw edges at Dgraph asynchronously, then add edges/properties to batches and the client handles the rest.

Make a batching client

using(IDgraphBatchingClient client = DgraphDotNet.Clients.NewDgraphBatchingClient("")) {

Throw in edges

    var node = client.GetOrCreateNode("some-node");
    if (node.IsSuccess) {
        var property = Clients.BuildProperty(node.Value, "name", GraphValue.BuildStringValue("AName));
        if (property.IsSuccess) {

        var edge = Clients.BuildEdge(node.Value, "friend", someOtherNode);  
        if (edge.IsSuccess) {


No need to create or submit transactions; the client batches the edges up into transactions and submits to Dgraph asynchronously.

When done, flush out any remaning batches


Check out the example in source/Dgraph-dotnet.examples/MovieLensBatch.

What client should I use?

Mostly, creating and using a IDgraphClient with DgraphDotNet.Clients.NewDgraphClient() and serializing an object model will be the right choice.

Use IDgraphMutationsClient or IDgraphBatchingClient if for example you are reading data from a file into a graph and don't want to build an object model client side, or are dealing with individual edges rather then an object model.

If you need to create nodes with unique identifying edges, then you'll need to use Upsert().


To use the client, just include Dgraph-dotnet NuGet package in you project.

To build, clone the repo and run the cake build (currently only working on bash) with ./build.sh. The required .cs files built from the Dgraph protos files aren't distributed with this source. The build process will clone the appropriate version of Dgraph and build the required .cs sources from the Dgraph protos into source/Dgraph-dotnet/DgraphAPI. You can also just run ./scripts/getDgraph.sh from the project root directory to clone dgraph and generate from protos, without building the Dgraph-dotnet library.


Happy to take issues, suggestions and PRs.