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Microservice to export data using custom defined SPARQL queries
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Export service

Microservice to export data using custom defined SPARQL queries.

Using the template

Extend semtech/mu-export-service and provide an export configuration in export.js.

Example Dockerfile

FROM semtech/mu-export-service:1.0.0
MAINTAINER Erika Pauwels <>

Export configuration

The export.js file defines an array of export configuration objects as follows:

export default [
        path: '/example',
        format: 'text/csv',
        query: `SELECT * FROM <> WHERE { ?s ?p ?o } LIMIT 100`,
        file: 'export-example.csv'

Each element in the array will become an API endpoint in the microservice. An export configuration object consists of the following properties:

  • [REQUIRED] path: endpoint on which the export will be exposed
  • [REQUIRED] format: format of the export (application/json, text/csv, text/turtle, etc.)
  • [REQUIRED] query: the SPARQL query to execute. This may be a SELECT or a CONSTRUCT query.
  • [OPTIONAL] file: name of the downloaded file. The filename may also be provided through a query param on the export request (e.g. /example?file=my-name.csv). If no filename is provided, the export will be displayed inline in the browser.

Using variables in the export query

You can also define variables in your SPARQL export query which will be replaced with query param values at runtime. Therefore, we use ES6's tagged template literals.

Import the template tag function from /app/template.js in your export.js and apply the tag function on your query. You can then define variables in your SPARQL query using ${['myVariable', 'type']}.

  • myVariable is the name of the variable that must be replaced.
  • type is the datatype of the variable. This must be one of 'string', 'uri', 'int', 'float', 'date', 'dateTime', 'bool'.
    At runtime the variable will be replaced with the value provided in the myVariable query param of the request.

An example export.js including variables file may look as follows:

import template from '/app/template.js';

export default [
        path: '/example',
        format: 'text/csv',
        query: template`SELECT * FROM <> WHERE { ?s a ${['class', 'uri']} } LIMIT 100`,
        file: 'export-example.csv'

A GET request on /example?class= will export the first 100 URIs of type foaf:Person.

Example docker-compose

If you don't want to build a new Docker image you can also run semtech/mu-export-service and mount your export configuration in /config.

version: '2',
    image: semtech/mu-export-service:1.0.0
      - ./:/config
      - database:database
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