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Version: v2.x

Getting started with BigQuery with Hasura in Docker

Get the Hasura docker-compose file:

# in a new directory run
wget https://raw.githubusercontent.com/hasura/graphql-engine/stable/install-manifests/docker-compose/docker-compose.yaml
# or run
curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/hasura/graphql-engine/stable/install-manifests/docker-compose/docker-compose.yaml -o docker-compose.yaml

The following command will run Hasura along with a Postgres database required for its functioning.

$ docker compose up -d

Check if the containers are running:

$ docker ps

CONTAINER ID IMAGE ... CREATED STATUS PORTS ...
097f58433a2b hasura/graphql-engine ... 1m ago Up 1m 8080->8080/tcp ...
b0b1aac0508d postgres ... 1m ago Up 1m 5432/tcp ...

Please do note that you will see a Postgres database running, which is used by Hasura to store its configuration (Hasura metadata).

Head to http://localhost:8080/console to open the Hasura console.

Connecting to a BigQuery project

Pre-requisites

Hasura GraphQL engine requires the following to connect to a BigQuery project:

Creating a Service Account

  • In Google Cloud's console, head to your BigQuery project.

  • Go to IAM & Admin > Service Accounts > Create Service Account

Create a service account on GCP
  • Give it a name, and under roles, and grant these 3 roles:
    • BigQuery Metadata Viewer
    • BigQuery Data Viewer
    • BigQuery Job User
Add roles to service account on GCP
  • Click on the created service account, Keys > ADD KEY > Create New Key > JSON > Create. This will download a service account file on your computer.

Connect BigQuery to Hasura

  • Update Graphql engine with an environment variable set to the contents of the service account.

For example, this could be done as follows if you are using Docker:

docker run -e BIGQUERY_SA_ACCOUNT=$(cat /path/to/the/service-account.json) <rest-of-the-flags>
  • Head to the Console, in the Connect Existing Database page, choose Environment Variable under Connect Via, and fill in the necessary details:
Connect
existing BigQuery database in Hasura Cloud
Connect
existing BigQuery database in console

You should now be able to track the tables that are part of the specified tables and configure relationships between them. As BigQuery lacks foreign key constraints, the Hasura Console cannot suggest relationships, so all relationships between BigQuery tables have to be manually configured.

Try out a GraphQL query

Head to the API tab in the Console and try running a GraphQL query! Use the explorer sidebar on GraphQL to get help in creating a GraphQL query.

Make GraphQL query in Hasura