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dotNetRDF User Guide

Welcome to the dotNetRDF user guide, this provides an introduction to dotNetRDF and aims to cover how to carry out a variety of common tasks in dotNetRDF. Using this guide you can learn the basics of working with the library in order to enable you the user to build applications using dotNetRDF.

You may also be interested in our FAQs or our quick How To guides.

If you are already an experienced dotNetRDF user you may wish to look at the Developer Guide instead which covers project architecture and advanced topics.

Basic Tutorial

This series of pages aims to introduce you to the core concepts of dotNetRDF and get you up and running with the library, reading in order is suggested for new users:

  1. Getting Started
  2. Library Overview
  3. Hello World
  4. Reading RDF
  5. Writing RDF
  6. Working with Graphs
  7. Typed Values and Lists
  8. Working with Triple Stores
  9. Querying with SPARQL
  10. Updating with SPARQL

General Topics

If you want to look up a specific namespace, class or method in the API please see the Formal API documentation which is MSDN style documentation of our libraries.

The following pages cover some general topics about the library:

3rd Party Triple Store Integration

We provide integration with a variety of 3rd party triple stores, see the following topics:

SPARQL Features

The basic tutorial covers simple SPARQL query and updates, we have a selection of topics on advanced SPARQL features available:

The SPARQL Engine section of the Developer Guide may also be relevant to advanced users.

Ontologies, Inference and Reasoning

Please see the following for documentation of ontology, inference and reasoning support:

ASP.Net Integration

Please see the ASP.Net Integration page for an overview of how we integrate into ASP.Net applications, or you can jump to specific topics below:

Advanced APIs

The following documentation covers what are considered advanced topics but which may still be of value to everyday users of dotNetRDF.


See the Tools page for documentation pertaining to our GUI and command line tools.


Note that where we refer to the user in this guide we are referring to you the developer who is using the API.

All examples in the User Guide are given using C#.Net