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How to invoke AQL

AQL queries can be executed using:

  • the web interface,
  • the db object (either in arangosh or in a Foxx service)
  • or the raw HTTP API.

There are always calls to the server’s API under the hood, but the web interface and the db object abstract away the low-level communication details and are thus easier to use.

The ArangoDB Web Interface has a specific tab for AQL queries execution.

You can run AQL queries from the ArangoDB Shell with the _query and _createStatement methods of the db object. This chapter also describes how to use bind parameters, statistics, counting and cursors with arangosh.

If you are using Foxx, see how to write database queries for examples including tagged template strings.

If you want to run AQL queries from your application via the HTTP REST API, see the full API description at HTTP Interface for AQL Query Cursors.