Customizing Workbench Behavior

These settings help you to configure the default behavior of the GraphDB Workbench.

The Workbench interface has some useful options that change only the way you query the database, not changing the rest of the GraphDB behavior:


User settings

The GraphDB application settings are user-based. When security is ON, each user can access their own settings through the Setup ‣ My Settings menu. The admin user can also change other users’ settings through Setup ‣ User and access ‣ Edit user.

When security is OFF, the settings are global for the application and available through Setup ‣ My Settings.

When free access is ON, only the admin can edit the Free Access configuration, which applies to the anonymous user.

Setting name


Expand results over owl:sameAs

The default value for the Expand results over owl:sameAs option in the SPARQL editor. It is taken each time a new tab is created. Note that once you toggle the value in the editor, the changed value is saved in your browser, so the default is used only for new tabs. The setting is also reflected in the Graph settings panel of the Visual graph.


Same as above, but for the Include inferred data in results option in the SPARQL editor. The setting is also reflected in the Graph settings panel of the Visual graph.

Show schema by default in visual graph

Includes or excludes predicates from owl:, rdf:, rdfs:, sesame:, dul:, prov:, fibo:, wd:.

Count total results in SPARQL editor

For each query without limit sent through the SPARQL editor, an additional query is sent to determine the total number of results. This value is necessary both for your information and for results pagination. In some cases, you do not want this additional query to be executed, because for example the evaluation may be too slow for your data set. Set this option to false in this case.

Ignore shared saved queries in SPARQL editor

In the SPARQL editor, saved queries can be shared, and you can choose not to see them.

Workbench settings


The settings included in this section are stored in the browser, and not with the user’s account.

You can change the appearance of your GraphDB Workbench application by changing the Color theme, or by switching between Light and Dark modes regardless of the theme you are currently using.

GraphDB comes with two built-in theme you can switch between - the Default GraphDB theme, and the Ontotext original theme. Workbench also allows color themes to be provided by developers and implemented as plugins. For more information on how to develop your own color themes, check the developer guide documentation on the Workbench project github repository.