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Dlex is a gRPC based client for the Dgraph database in Elixir. It uses the DBConnection behaviour to support transactions and connection pooling.

Small, efficient codebase. Aims for a full dgraph support. Supports transactions (starting from dgraph version: 1.0.9), delete mutations and low-level parameterized queries. DSL is a planned.


If available in Hex, the package can be installed by adding dlex to your list of dependencies in mix.exs:

def deps do
    {:jason, "~> 1.0"},
    {:dlex, "~> 0.1.0"}

Usage example

{:ok, conn} = Dlex.start_link(name: :example) # default try to connect `localhost:9080` by default
Dlex.alter!(conn, %{drop_all: true})
{:ok, _} = Dlex.alter(conn, "name: string @index(term) .")
{:ok, %{"uid" => uid}} = Dlex.mutate(conn, %{
  "name" => "Alice",
  "friends" => [%{"name" => "Betty"}, %{"name" => "Mark"}]
}, return_json: true) # return the same json with uids
Dlex.mutate(conn, ~s|_:foo <name> "Bar" .|) # or in nquads format
by_name = "query by_name($name: string) {by_name(func: eq(name, $name)) {uid expand(_all_)}}"
Dlex.query(conn, by_name, %{"$name" => "Betty"})
Dlex.delete(conn, %{"uid" => uid}) # delete Alice node

Developers guide

By updating api.proto

Install development dependencies

  1. Install protoc(cpp) here or brew install protobuf on MacOS.
  2. Install protoc plugin protoc-gen-elixir for Elixir . NOTE: You have to make sure protoc-gen-elixir(this name is important) is in your PATH.
mix escript.install hex protobuf

By updating api.proto, generate Elixir code

  1. Generate Elixir code using protoc
protoc --elixir_out=plugins=grpc:. lib/api.proto
  1. Files lib/api.pb.ex will be generated

  2. Rename lib/api.pb.ex to lib/dix/api.ex and add alias Dlex.Api to be complient with Elixir naming


Inspired by exdgraph, but as I saw too many parts for changes or parts, which I would like to have complettly different, so that it was easier to start from scratch with goals: small codebase, small natural abstraction, efficient, less opionated, less dependencies.

So you can choose freely, which pool implementation to use (poolboy or db_connection intern pool implementation), which json adapter to use. Less dependencies.

It seems for me more natural to have API names more or less matching to actual query names.

For example Dlex.mutate() instead of ExDgraph.set_map for json-based mutations. Actually Dlex.mutate infers type (json or nquads) from passed data to a function.


Copyright 2018 Dmitry Russ

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

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