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The Graph CLI (graph-cli)

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The Graph Command Line Interface

As of today, the command line interface supports the following commands:

  • graph init — Creates a new subgraph project from an example or an existing contract.
  • graph create — Registers a subgraph name with a Graph Node.
  • graph remove — Unregisters a subgraph name with a Graph Node.
  • graph codegen — Generates AssemblyScript types for smart contract ABIs and the subgraph schema.
  • graph build — Compiles a subgraph to WebAssembly.
  • graph deploy — Deploys a subgraph to a Graph Node.
  • graph auth — Stores a Graph Node access token in the system's keychain.
  • graph local — Runs tests against a Graph Node test environment (using Ganache by default).
  • graph test — Downloads and runs the Matchstick rust binary in order to test a subgraph.
  • graph add - Adds a new datasource to the yaml file and writes the necessary changes to other files - schema.graphql, abi and mapping.
  • graph publish - Publishes the subgraph to the Graph Network.

How It Works

The Graph CLI takes a subgraph manifest (defaults to subgraph.yaml) with references to:

  • A GraphQL schema,
  • Smart contract ABIs, and
  • Mappings written in AssemblyScript.

It compiles the mappings to WebAssembly, builds a ready-to-use version of the subgraph saved to IPFS or a local directory for debugging, and deploys the subgraph to a Graph Node.


We recommend install the CLI using package manager npm or yarn or pnpm when developing subgraphs locally:

npm install @graphprotocol/graph-cli

# Yarn
yarn add @graphprotocol/graph-cli

# pnpm
pnpm install @graphprotocol/graph-cli

You can install the CLI globally using a binary. Eventually this will become the default mechanism for installing the CLI and building subgraphs because users do not need to install Node.js or any other external dependencies.

curl -LS https://cli.thegraph.com/install.sh | sudo sh

On Linux

libsecret is used for storing access tokens, so you may need to install it before getting started. Use one of the following commands depending on your distribution:

  • Debian/Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install libsecret-1-dev
  • Red Hat: sudo yum install libsecret-devel
  • Arch Linux: sudo pacman -S libsecret

Getting Started

The Graph CLI can be used with a local or self-hosted Graph Node or with the Hosted Service. To help you get going, there are quick start guides available for both.

If you are ready to dive into the details of building a subgraph from scratch, there is a detailed walkthrough for that as well, along with API documentation for the AssemblyScript API.


The Graph CLI is released on npm and published as a Binary on GitHub Releases. We support all the version of CLI that support Maintenance, LTS and Current Node.js releases. Additionally if there are graph-node specific features that are breaking and no-longer supported, we will drop support for older versions of CLI. After 90 days of a new Node.js release, we will drop support for the oldest Node.js version.

End-of-life Releases

Release End-of-life Reason
>=0.60.0 December 31, 2023 No longer supporting Node 16 or lower


Copyright © 2018-2019 Graph Protocol, Inc. and contributors.

The Graph CLI is dual-licensed under the MIT license and the Apache License, Version 2.0.

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either expressed or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.




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