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Object Graph Mapper for Dgraph

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Gverse is an Object Graph Mapper (OGM) for the Dgraph, the high-performance open-source Graph Database. Gverse is written in TypeScript and supports TypeScript 3 and JavaScript ES6.

What's an OGM?

An OGM enables developers to work with their graph models through idiomatic objects provided by their native programming language. It is similar in concept to Object-Relational Mapping (ORM) libraries such as TypeORM, Sequelize or Hibernate but with some fundamental differences (see below).


  • Simple API for working with graphs vertices (nodes) and edges (links)
  • Strongly typed classes and predicates (attributes) when using TypeScript
  • Automatically marshal and unmarshal JavaScript objects to and from Graph vertices
  • Support for custom marshaling and unmarshaling methods
  • Support for directed and undirected edges
  • Support for transactions and batch updates
  • Before and after hooks for create, update and delete operations
  • Query options for ordering and pagination


  • Decorators for object-to-graph mapping (v1.1)
  • Support for Dgraph 1.1 Types
Compatibility with Dgraph

Gverse supports Dgraph version 1.0.x. Work is underway for supporting the new Type System in Dgraph 1.1.

Getting started

Here's a quick start guide to get you up and running.

Install Dgraph

Make sure you have Dgraph installed and running. This guide assumes you have Dgraph running on default ports (8080 for HTTP and 9080 gRPC).

Set up your TypeScript or JavaScript ES6 environments

Gverse requires ES6 with class properties plugin or TypeScript ≥ 2.0.

Install the Gverse package

npm install gverse

or if you prefer, yarn add gverse. The package includes TypeScript types.

Create a Gverse graph session

import Gverse from "gverse"

const graph = new Gverse.Graph(
  new Gverse.Connection({ host: "localhost", port: 9080 })

Define a vertex class

class User extends Gverse.Vertex {
  type = "User"
  name: string = ""

Create the vertex on the graph

const user = new User() = "Zak"
await graph.create(user)

Load a vertex from the graph

const user = (await graph.get(uid)) as User
console.log( // = "Zak"

For detailed examples, please see the integration tests under ./test/integration.

Defining edges (links to other vertices)

class Repo {
  type: "Repository"
  name: string
  owner: User
  contributors: User[]
  _edges: {
    owner: Edge.toVertex(User),
    contributors: Edge.toVertices(User)

Edges can be directed or undirected (reversible), and can have a cardinality of one or many. For detailed examples, please see the integration tests under ./test/integration.

Running Tests

Test coverage for Gverse comes from integration tests. Docker and Docker-Compose are required for running integration tests.


Gverse OGM vs Traditional ORMs

Gverse has some fundamental differences to popular ORMs. It's helpful to understand the key differences:

  • Gverse works with vertices and edges in a Graph structure instead of tables, columns and rows in RDBMS like MySQL, Postgres, Oracle, or documents in MongoDB, CouchDB, etc. (learn more).
  • Gverse schema supports dynamic typing. You do not need to define and migrate schemas. Predicates (attributes) can be added as needed, with their data types inferred by value.
  • A schema definition is required for any type that is part of a query or filter function. Both the type and the index needs to be defined and applied. .
  • Advanced graph queries in Gverse are written using GraphQL± (a variant of GraphQL).
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