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gitbase functions

To make some common tasks easier for the user, there are some functions to interact with the aforementioned tables:




check if the given reference name is from a remote one


check if the given reference name is a tag

language(path, [blob])text

gets the language of a file given its path and the optional content of the file

uast(blob, [lang, [xpath]]) blob

returns a node array of UAST nodes in semantic mode

uast_mode(mode, blob, lang) blob

returns a node array of UAST nodes specifying its language and mode (semantic, annotated or native)

uast_xpath(blob, xpath) blob

performs an XPath query over the given UAST nodes

uast_extract(blob, key) text array

extracts information identified by the given key from the uast nodes

uast_children(blob) blob

returns a flattened array of the children UAST nodes from each one of the UAST nodes in the given array

Note about uast, uast_mode, uast_xpath and uast_children functions

These functions make use of UAST version 2, so you should get familiar with the concepts explained in the bblfsh documentation.

The data returned by these functions is a serialized array node using protobuf which contains UAST object nodes.

As an example of how to manage the serialized data programatically, checkout out the Go code below:

import (
func marshalNodes(arr nodes.Array) (interface{}, error) {
if len(arr) == 0 {
return nil, nil
buf := &bytes.Buffer{}
if err := nodesproto.WriteTo(buf, arr); err != nil {
return nil, err
return buf.Bytes(), nil
func unmarshalNodes(data []byte) (nodes.Array, error) {
if len(data) == 0 {
return nil, nil
buf := bytes.NewReader(data)
n, err := nodesproto.ReadTree(buf)
if err != nil {
return nil, err
if n.Kind() != nodes.KindArray {
return nil, fmt.Errorf("unmarshal: wrong kind of node found %q, expected %q",
n.Kind(), nodes.KindArray.String())
return n.(nodes.Array), nil

How to formulate XPath queries when using uast and uast_xpath functions

Have a look at the bblfsh docs to query UASTs with XPath.

How to use uast_extract

Check out the UAST v2 specification to know what an UAST node represents.

uast_extracts accepts special selectors to match common node properties:

  • @type

  • @token

  • @role

  • @pos

Using these selectors as in,

uast_extract(nodes_column, @common_selector)

you will extract the value of that property for each node.

Nodes that have no value for the requested property will not be present in any way in the final array. That is, having a sequence of nodes [node-1, node-2, node-3] and knowing that node-2 doesn't have a value for the requested property, the returned array will be [prop-1, prop-3].

Also, if you want to retrieve values from a non common property, you can pass it directly

uast_extract(nodes_column, 'some-property')

Standard functions

You can check standard functions in go-mysql-server documentation.