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Indexing Your EVM ContainerChain with Subsquid


Subsquid is a data network that allows rapid and cost-efficient retrieval of blockchain data from 100+ chains using Subsquid’s decentralized data lake and open-source SDK. In simple terms, Subsquid can be thought of as an ETL (extract, transform, and load) tool with a GraphQL server included. It enables comprehensive filtering, pagination, and even full-text search capabilities. Subsquid has native and full support for both EVM and Substrate data, even within the same project.

This quick-start guide will show you how to create a Subsquid project and configure it to index data on your Tanssi EVM ContainerChain. For a more comprehensive end-to-end tutorial, be sure to check out Using Subsquid to Index Your ContainerChain.

Checking Prerequisites

For the examples in this guide, you will need to have the following:

Index EVM Data on Your ContainerChain

To get started indexing EVM data on your Tanssi EVM, you'll need to create a Subsquid project and configure it for your ContainerChain by taking the following steps:

  1. You can create a Subsquid project for EVM data by using the generic EVM template or you can use the ABI template for indexing data related to a specific contract:

    sqd init INSERT_SQUID_NAME --template evm
    sqd init INSERT_SQUID_NAME --template abi

    For more information on getting started with both of these templates, please check out the following Subsquid docs:

  2. Navigate into the root directory of your Squid project and install dependencies by running:

    npm ci
  3. Modify the src/processor.ts file to set the data source to the RPC URL of your ContainerChain. Remove the archive: lookupArchive('eth-mainnet') line as a Squid archive will not be used. Here, the RPC URL of the demo EVM ContainerChain is specified. The Squid project will use the RPC endpoint to ingest the relevant data

      const processor = new EvmBatchProcessor();
        chain: '',
  4. Launch Postgres by running:

    sqd up
  5. Inspect and run the processor:

    sqd process
  6. Open a separate terminal window in the same directory, then start the GraphQL server:

    sqd serve
  7. You can now run queries, such as the sample query below, against your Squid on the GraphQL playground at http://localhost:4350/graphql. If you've modified the template EVM squid to index different data, you'll need to modify this query accordingly

    query MyQuery {
      burns(orderBy: value_DESC) {

And that's all you have to do to configure your Subsquid project to index EVM data on your Tanssi EVM ContainerChain! Now you can update the schema.graphql, src/main.ts, and src/processor.ts files to index the data you need for your project!

If you're interested in a more comprehensive step-by-step tutorial to get started indexing data for your ContainerChain, you can check out the Using Subsquid to Index Your ContainerChain tutorial!

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Last update: January 16, 2024
| Created: December 1, 2023