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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
v0.7.0 v1.1
v0.6.0 v1.0.14, v1.0.13
v0.5.0 .. v0.5.3 v1.0.13
v0.4.0 .. v0.4.2 v1.0.9
v0.3.0 v1.0.5
v0.2.0 v1.0.4
v0.1.0 v1.0.3

Checkout the Changelog for changes between versions.

Table of Contents


Grab the Dgraph-dotnet NuGet package.


The examples are being replaced by automated end-to-end testing that shows how to use the library and gets run on each build against compatible Dgraph versions. The testing is being built out in source/Dgraph-dotnet.tests.e2e. The examples projects will be removed as the functionaly they show is tested in the end-to-end tests.

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.

Communication with Dgraph is via grpc. Because that's naturally asynchronous, practically everything in the library is async.

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...
        await transaction.Mutate(json);
        await transaction.Commit();

Or to query the graph.

    using(var transaction = client.NewTransaction()) {
        var res = await 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 = await mutation.Submit();
        if(err.IsFailed) {
            // ... something went wrong
        await txn.Commit();

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) {
            await client.BatchAddProperty(property.Value);

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


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

    await client.FlushBatches();

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 from source, just run dotnet build, dotnet test, etc.


Happy to take issues, suggestions and PRs.

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