A non-profit Stellar Development Foundation is on a mission to develop the new world’s economy with a blockchain-based infrastructure that is designed to integrate naturally with traditional banks and payment systems. It is based on a fast consensus-based protocol that does not involve resource-draining mining and solves the problem of transaction speeds that is becoming more and more of an issue in the world of Bitcoin. An integrated distributed exchange makes it easier to trade third-party currencies, including the so-called stable coins that are backed by real currency reserves (one example is the Stronghold USD, recently endorsed by IBM).
With the focus on the real economy, Stellar becomes more and more appealing to financial institutions and large corporations that are looking into ways to move money across borders at high speeds and low costs.
After working on commercial Stellar-based solutions, we have contributed to the ecosystem by co-authoring a Stellar Web Authentication proposal. Now we see an even bigger opportunity to give back to the community.
Meet Astrograph, a GraphQL interface to Stellar blockchain.
With this first beta release, we are open sourcing a research project that we have been working on for the past few months. We believe that a new tool will make Stellar even more appealing to developers and lower the barrier for entry into its ecosystem.
You can experiment with GraphQL access to Stellar network by using Astrograph’s playground, or by running test requests from your client applications against the API that is publicly available at
Just keep in mind that the schema is still work in progress and is subject to change, so we do not recommend to rely on this endpoint in production.
A GraphQL alternative to Horizon
The promise of any blockchain is full accountability, and Stellar is no exception: anything that happens on a network, be it a creation of a new account, a transfer of an asset, or a token offering, is baked into the ledger. Everything that ever happened on the network can be scrutinized, and if you swear by the REST philosophy, Stellar already got you covered.
While stellar-core implements the blockchain itself, a service called Horizon allows clients to explore the network by sending HTTP requests to the selection of REST API endpoints: one for accounts, one for operations, one for assets, and so on. You can also stream information from certain endpoints by subscribing to Server-Sent Events.