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Oxigraph Server

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Oxigraph Server is a standalone HTTP server providing a graph database implementing the SPARQL standard.

Its goal is to provide a compliant, safe, and fast graph database based on the RocksDB key-value stores. It is written in Rust. It also provides a set of utility functions for reading, writing, and processing RDF files.

Oxigraph is in heavy development and SPARQL query evaluation has not been optimized yet.

Oxigraph provides three different installation methods for Oxigraph server.

It is also usable as a Rust library and as a Python library.

Oxigraph implements the following specifications:

A preliminary benchmark is provided.


You need to have a recent stable version of Rust and Cargo installed. You also need clang to build RocksDB.

To download, build and install the latest released version run cargo install oxigraph_server. There is no need to clone the git repository.

To compile the server from source, clone this git repository, and execute cargo build --release in the server directory to compile the full server after having downloaded its dependencies. It will create a fat binary in target/release/oxigraph_server.


Run oxigraph_server -f my_data_storage_directory to start the server where my_data_storage_directory is the directory where you want Oxigraph data to be stored in. It listens by default on localhost:7878.

The server provides an HTML UI with a form to execute SPARQL requests.

It provides the following REST actions:

  • /query allows to evaluate SPARQL queries against the server repository following the SPARQL 1.1 Protocol. For example curl -X POST -H 'Content-Type:application/sparql-query' --data 'SELECT * WHERE { ?s ?p ?o } LIMIT 10' http://localhost:7878/query. This action supports content negotiation and could return Turtle, N-Triples, RDF XML, SPARQL Query Results XML Format and SPARQL Query Results JSON Format.
  • /update allows to execute SPARQL updates against the server repository following the SPARQL 1.1 Protocol. For example curl -X POST -H 'Content-Type: application/sparql-update' --data 'DELETE WHERE { <http://example.com/s> ?p ?o }' http://localhost:7878/update.
  • /store allows to retrieve and change the server content using the SPARQL 1.1 Graph Store HTTP Protocol. For example curl -f -X POST -H 'Content-Type:application/n-triples' --data-binary "@MY_FILE.nt" http://localhost:7878/store?graph=http://example.com/g will add the N-Triples file MY_FILE.nt to the server dataset inside of the http://example.com/g named graph. Turtle, N-Triples and RDF XML are supported. It is also possible to POST, PUT and GET the complete RDF dataset on the server using RDF dataset formats (TriG and N-Quads) against the /store endpoint. For example curl -f -X POST -H 'Content-Type:application/n-quads' --data-binary "@MY_FILE.nq" http://localhost:7878/store will add the N-Quads file MY_FILE.nq to the server dataset.

Use oxigraph_server --help to see the possible options when starting the server.

Using a Docker image

Display the help menu

docker run --rm oxigraph/oxigraph --help

Run the Web server

Expose the server on port 7878 of the host machine, and save data on the local ./data folder

docker run --init --rm -v $PWD/data:/data -p 7878:7878 oxigraph/oxigraph -b -f /data

You can then access it from your machine on port 7878:

# Open the GUI in a browser
firefox http://localhost:7878

# Post some data
curl http://localhost:7878/store?default -H 'Content-Type: text/turtle' -d@./data.ttl

# Make a query
curl -X POST -H 'Accept: application/sparql-results+json' -H 'Content-Type: application/sparql-query' --data 'SELECT * WHERE { ?s ?p ?o } LIMIT 10' http://localhost:7878/query

# Make an UPDATE
curl -X POST -H 'Content-Type: application/sparql-update' --data 'DELETE WHERE { <http://example.com/s> ?p ?o }' http://localhost:7878/update

You could easily build your own Docker image by running docker build -t oxigraph server -f server/Dockerfile . from the root directory.


Oxigraph maintains a Homebrew formula in a custom tap.

To install Oxigraph server using Homebrew do:

brew tap oxigraph/oxigraph
brew install oxigraph

It installs the oxigraph_server binary. See the usage documentation to know how to use it.


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