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Version: v3.x beta

Build your API & Make Queries

What's about to happen?

After connecting a data source and exposing a model, we'll create a new local build of our API.

A build is a compiled, immutable state of your metadata which the Hasura Engine uses to run your API.

When you execute the command below, the CLI will create a new build for your supergraph. You'll then be able to execute a GraphQL query on your API using any models you've added.



Step 1. Create a supergraph build

Pass the local subcommand along with specifying the output directory as ./engine in the root of the project. This directory is used by the docker-compose file to serve the engine locally:

From the root of your project, run:
ddn supergraph build local --output-dir ./engine

This will create a build of your supergraph.

Start your engines!

Want to test your supergraph? Don't forget to start your GraphQL engine and connectors using the following command.

From the root of your project, run:
HASURA_DDN_PAT=$(ddn auth print-pat) docker compose -f docker-compose.hasura.yaml watch

If you haven't included your connector(s) in your docker-compose.hasura.yaml, don't forget to start it as well.

You can now navigate to and interact with your API using the Hasura Console.

Step 2. Write your first query

Use the GraphiQL explorer to either write a query or construct it using the menu on the left-hand side of the console. When you're ready, hit the run button to execute your query.

For example, if we have a Carts model, we can run the following query:
query MyFirstQuery {
app_carts {

All types are namespaced with the subgraph to which they belong. Here, you can see that carts belongs to a subgraph named app. Thus, the query above will return a response that looks like this:

Simple query with carts
Query names

In GraphQL, you can provide a name for your query, which in this example is MyFirstQuery. This name is customizable by you at query time and just helps with logging and debugging.

What did this do?

When you executed the command above, the CLI used the Hasura metadata in your directory - generated based on your data source(s) — to create a local build of your supergraph. This local build is immutable and can be used to test the changes to your API before either making more changes or, eventually, creating a build on Hasura DDN.

Next, we recommend learning how easy it is to add authorization rules, which limit a user's access to data, using permissions.

Next steps

Now that you have a build of your supergraph you can do a lot more with it. Here are some suggestions to allow you to jump around the Getting Started section according to your interests: