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EdgeDB supports GET and POST methods for handling EdgeQL over HTTP protocol. Both GET and POST methods use the following fields:

  • query - contains the EdgeQL query string

  • variables- contains a JSON object where the keys are the parameter names from the query and the values are the arguments to be used in this execution of the query.

  • globals- contains a JSON object where the keys are the fully qualified global names and the values are the desired values for those globals.

The protocol supports HTTP Keep-Alive.

The HTTP GET request passes the fields as query parameters: query string and JSON-encoded variables mapping.

POST request

The POST request should use application/json content type and submit the following JSON-encoded form with the necessary fields:

  "query": "...",
  "variables": { "varName": "varValue", ... },
  "globals": {"default::global_name": "value"}

The response format is the same for both methods. The body of the response is JSON of the following form:

  "data": [ ... ],
  "error": {
    "message": "Error message",
    "type": "ErrorType",
    "code": 123456

The data response field will contain the response set serialized as a JSON array.

Note that the error field will only be present if an error actually occurred. The error will further contain the message field with the error message string, the type field with the name of the type of error and the code field with an integer error code.

Caution is advised when reading decimal or bigint values using HTTP protocol because the results are provides in JSON format. The JSON specification does not have a limit on significant digits, so a decimal or a bigint number can be losslessly represented in JSON. However, JSON decoders in many languages will read all such numbers as some kind of of 32- or 64-bit number type, which may result in errors or precision loss. If such loss is unacceptable, then consider casting the value into str and decoding it on the client side into a more appropriate type.