Python API to query a SPARQL endpoint
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SPARQL HTTP client library

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sparql-client is a library to query a SPARQL endpoint. It will automatically convert literals to the coresponding Python types.

Visit for documentation and examples.


First you open a connection to the endpoint:

s = sparql.Service(endpoint, "utf-8", "GET")

Then you make the query:

result = s.query(statement)

If you have made a SELECT query, then you can read the result with fetchone() or fetchall():

for row in result.fetchone():

If you have made an ASK query, then you can read the result (a boolean value) with hasresult():

works = result.hasresult()

Conversion of data types

The library will automatically convert typed literals to a coresponding simple type in Python. Dates are also converted if the dateutil library is available.

Running the unit tests

If you have nose installed, just run nosetests in the top-level directory. Some tests require the python-dateutil (version 1.5) or mock libraries. Tested under Python 2.4 through 2.7.


The contents of this package are subject to the Mozilla Public License Version 1.1 (the "License"); you may not use this package except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" basis, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing rights and limitations under the License.

The Original Code is SPARQL client version 1.0.

The Initial Owner of the Original Code is European Environment Agency (EEA). Portions created by Eau de Web for EEA are Copyright (C) European Environment Agency. All Rights Reserved.


  • Søren Roug, EEA
  • Alex Morega, Eau de Web