Write Queries

Write Queries

On the Write Queries page, you can design and run custom queries with TigerGraph's powerful graph query language – GSQL.
The Write Query page is horizontally divided into two parts:
  1. 1.
    Query Editing Panel
  2. 2.
    Result, Log and Visualization Panel

Query Editing Panel

The Query Editing panel is divided into two subpanels: the left subpanel is used to select a query to edit, and the right, larger subpanel displays the selected query for editing. Here you can edit, save, delete, install and run the query. The query editor features syntax highlighting customized for the GSQL language. Also, the query editor performs real-time semantic checking.
Above the query editing pane is a toolbar, with the following buttons, from left to right:
  • Expand/Collapse : Expand or collapse the Query Editing panel to or from full page mode. The icon changes depending on whether the panel is currently expanded or collapsed.
  • Save : Save the current query draft.
  • Install : Install the query into the database.
  • Run : Run the installed query.
  • Delete : Delete the selected query.
  • Show query endpoint: Show the RESTFul endpoint to execute the query. Only installed queries can see their RESTFul endpoints.

Add Or Edit Query

To create a new query, simply click on the "New GSQL Query" button
at the bottom-right corner of the left subpanel, and type in the name of the new query in the popup window:
A query draft will be created with a template:
To edit an existing query, click on the query name in the list in the left sub panel:

Save Query Draft

Once you made some changes to the query code and want to save it as a query draft, click on the "save" button
in the toolbar.

Install Query

If you saved a query, the "install query" button
will be enabled. Click it to install the query. The installation process may take about 1 minute:

Run Query

A query has to be installed before you can run it.
To run the query, click on the "run" button
in the toolbar. If the query has no parameters, it will run directly and the result will be shown in the Result panel.
If the query requires parameters, the Enter Query Parameters panel will appear. Enter your parameter values and then click the "Run Query" button
at the bottom of the panel. If there are several parameters, you might need to scroll the panel to the bottom to find the Run Query button.
The query will be executed, and the results will be shown in the Result Panel.

Delete Query

Choose the query you want to delete and click on the "delete" button
. The query will be deleted permanently.

Show Query Endpoint

After finishing writing the GSQL queries and installing the queries, you can access the queries via REST endpoints. By clicking the "show query endpoint" button
, you can see the format of the endpoint to access this query, so that you can integrate the query with your applications.

Install All Queries

If you want to install all queries that you haven't installed yet, you can click "Install all queries" button
in GSQL Queries list. After some verification time, a pop up window listing all queries to be installed will show:
Click INSTALL button, then the listed queries will be installed:

Result Panel

The Result panel shows the result of the last run query. Each query generates up to three types of result: visualized graph, JSON text, or log messages. On the left is a toolbar with buttons for changing the the panel size or for switching to a different type of result. The buttons, from top to bottom, are the following:
menu option
Expand/Collapse: Expand or collapse the Result panel.
View Schema: Show the graph schema.
Visual Result: Show the visual result of the last run query.
JSON Result: Show the raw text result in JSON format of the last run query.
Query Log: Show the log for the last run query.

View Schema:

Viewing graph schema makes it more convenient for developers to refer to the schema topology logic and easier to write correct GSQL queries.

Visual Result

If the query execution result contains a graph structure, the result will be visualized in this panel as a graph. The panel is the same as the Explore Graph panel. Please refer to the documentation for the Explore Graph panel. The only difference is that each time you run a query, the previous result will be erased. In Explore Graph the results are added incrementally.
You can switch to the JSON Result panel to see the result in JSON format.

JSON Result

If there is no graph structure in the result, the result will be displayed in this panel as a JSON object.
You can learn about the JSON format in the GSQL Language documentation , and integrate it with your applications. In this fashion, the TigerGraph system can serve as a backend or embedded graph data service.

Query Log

If a query ran successfully, the Query Log message will be "query ran successfully" or something similar. If there was anything wrong when executing your query, such as invalid parameters or runtime errors, an error message will be shown in the Query Log panel:

Expand Panels

If you just want to focus on developing your query, or want to have more space to view your result, click the Expand button
in either the Query Editing panel or the Result panel.
If you expand the Query Editing panel, it looks like this:
If you expand the Result panel, it looks like this:
When the panel is expanded, the Expand button becomes the Collapse button
. Clicking it will return the display to the split panel view.