Polygon Is Coming to The Graph’s Decentralized Network

Polygon Labs
December 1, 2022
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The Graph, a decentralized protocol used to index Web3 data, is adding support for Polygon on The Graph Network. After relying on The Graph’s hosted service for years, Polygon users will soon be able to rely on fully decentralized APIs to power their decentralized applications (dApps).

The Graph is the indexing and query layer of Web3. Developers build and publish open APIs, called subgraphs, that applications can query using GraphQL. Over 74,000 subgraphs have been deployed on the hosted service. Tens of thousands of developers use The Graph for applications such as Uniswap, Synthetix, Art Blocks, Gnosis, Balancer, ENS, Decentraland, and many others. Ethereum dApps like Sushiswap, ArtBlocks and Snapshot have already migrated to the network and Polygon dApps can join soon.

Joining The Graph Network will allow Polygon developers to find the data they need to improve efficiency of their dApps. Polygon node operators can play a role by becoming Indexers for Polygon to serve the dApps running on the network. Indexers earn rewards and query fees for the subgraphs they serve. Node operators can apply here to participate in The Graph’s incentivized multi-chain program.

“The Graph Network allows founders and developers to build more decentralized applications, as it decentralizes the open data layer,” said Tegan Kline, founder of Edge & Node, the initial team behind the Graph. “With this step, The Graph becomes an even more crucial part of the web3 stack.” 

The Graph Network has been live for nearly two years, indexing the Ethereum blockchain and is in the process of supporting Gnosis Chain. In September, The Graph Foundation launched the Migration Infrastructure Providers (MIPs) incentivization program to bootstrap Indexers, providing support for new chains being added to the Graph Network. Polygon will be the latest chain to be supported on The Graph Network and participating in the MIPs program. 

Polygon is the second-biggest supported chain by usage after Ethereum and followed by Gnosis. The integration of Polygon brings The Graph one step closer to sunsetting the hosted service – which currently supports 39 networks – in favor of The Graph’s decentralized network – leading to the sunrise of decentralized data through The Graph Network.

Polygon is home to tens of thousands of dApps, including some of the biggest projects like Aave, Uniswap v3 and OpenSea. Major companies like Adobe, Stripe and Robinhood have turned to the network as their entrypoint to Web3.

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