min read

The Graph: What to know about staking GRT



The Graph is a decentralized protocol that makes indexing and querying data from blockchains like Ethereum and IPFS fast, reliable, and secure. Open APIs, known as subgraphs, make querying data easily accessible to anyone.

  • The Graph network is built on Ethereum.
  • The Graph is used by builders and end-user consumers of Web3 to query blockchain data.
  • GRT is The Graph ERC-20 native token.

Related: What Is Ethereum? Decentralized finance's perfect match

Related: Where does DeFi fit in the crypto world?

The Graph at a glance

The Graph was founded in 2018 by Yaniv Tal, Jannis Pohlmann, and Brandon Ramirez, and an established professional team from the Ethereum Foundation, Puppet, Redhat, and Barclays. The team raised a total of $19.5M USD in total funding, including $10M from its October 2020 public sale.

The Graph Network

The Graph has a vision of building a decentralized indexing protocol as a core infrastructure for Web3. Network roles within the community consist of Developers, Indexers, Curators, and Delegators that provide services to the network and serve data to Web3 applications. These applications use GraphQL to query open APIs called subgraphs, to retrieve data that is indexed on the network. Mainnet was launched on December 17, 2020, and is used by dApps like Uniswap, Synthetic, and Bored Ape Yacht Club.

Participating roles
  • Developers: Create or use existing subgraphs for dApps.
  • Indexers: Operate nodes in The Graph network and stake GRT tokens to provide indexing and query processing services, earning a portion of query fees plus incentive rewards. 
  • Curators: Organizes data and signals on the subgraphs for Indexers on what to index, and are rewarded a portion of query fees for correctly predicting which subgraphs will be valuable to the network.
  • Delegators: Help to secure The Graph network by delegating GRT tokens to Indexers, earning a portion of fees and rewards received by Indexers.
The Graph (GRT) token

The GRT token is The Graph’s native utility token with a circulating supply of 4.7B GRT coins that have primary uses for the functioning of the protocol as:

  • Protocol currency settlement as query fee by end-user consumers who submit queries to Indexers.
  • Indexer staking of GRT tokens in the query market and to provide economic security for the work they are performing.
  • Curator signaling by depositing GRT tokens in a curation market.
  • Incentive rewards for indexing of new subgraphs by Indexers, through new token issuance.

Related: What is a token and how is it used in crypto?

Proof-of-Stake (PoS) GRT staking

Validators a.k.a Indexers for The Graph, such as ourselves at Stakewith.us (and builders behind Unagii) operate nodes responsible for the protocol’s operations in providing indexing and query processing services and will earn query fees and GRT rewards in return as incentives. Delegators (or users of Unagii) can help participate and secure The Graph with their votes by delegating their stakes to us on the Unagii platform to receive a portion of the rewards that Indexers receive from annual inflation and query fees from allocated subgraphs.

Staking GRT allows Unagii users to earn yield from rewards as an incentive to stake and provide security, plus a portion of fees paid by GRT end users. Rewards will be earned from staking for a minimum 24hr duration of an epoch and will be auto-distributed on the next allocation date.

Note that there is a 0.5% delegation deposit fee charged by the network and that staking risks do apply. The delegation fee is implemented to disincentivize poor decision-making that could harm the integrity of the network because delegated stakes will not get slashed in an effort to encourage a trust relationship between Delegators and Indexers. There is also a 28 day unthawing period for users when undelegating GRT from the network. During this period, users will not be able to withdraw and earn rewards.

Related: Staking coins: What is staking and how does it work?

How to stake GRT?

Staking GRT on Unagii is simple and convenient.

  1. Head to app.unagii.com/stake/thegraph
  2. Connect your wallet
  3. Stake GRT (for min. 24hr duration of an epoch)
  4. Approve and confirm transaction (gas fee payable)

View more info: Stakewith.us Indexer details

Unagii Team

We're a distributed team of dedicated strategists and engineers with a mission to redefine the digital asset yield experience.