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Squid Processor

The processor service is a background Node.js process responsible for data ingestion, transformation and data persisting into the target database. By convention, the processor entry point is at src/main.ts. It is run as

node lib/main.js

For local runs, one normally additionally exports environment variables from .env using dotenv:

node -r dotenv/config lib/main.js

This is what the sqd process shortcut does under the hood.

Processor choice

The Squid SDK currently offers specialized processor classes for EVM (EvmBatchProcessor) and Substrate networks (SubstrateBatchProcessor). More networks will be supported in the future. By convention, the processor object is defined at src/processor.ts.

Processor choice based on the network

Navigate to a dedicated section for each processor class:


A processor instance should be configured (EVM, Substrate) to define the block range to be indexed, and the selectors of data to be fetched from the archive and/or a node RPC endpoint.

The actual data processing is done by the run() method called on a processor instance (typically at src/main.ts). The method has the following signature:

db: Database<Store>,
batchHander: (context: DataHandlerContext<Store, F extends FieldSelection>) => Promise<void>
): void

The db parameter defines the target data sink, and batchHandler is an async void function defining the data transformation and persistence logic. It repeatedly receives batches of archive data stored in context.blocks, transforms them and persists the results to the target database using the interface (more on context in the next section).

To jump straight to examples, see EVM Processor in action and Substrate Processor in action.

Batch context

Batch handler takes a single argument of DataHandlerContext type:

export interface DataHandlerContext<Store, F extends FieldSelection> {
_chain: Chain
log: Logger
store: Store
blocks: BlockData<F>[]
isHead: boolean

Here, F is the type of the argument of the setFields() (EVM, Substrate) processor configuration method. Store type is inferred from the Database instance passed into the run() method.


Internal handle for direct access to the underlying chain state via RPC calls. Rarely used directly, but rather by the facade access classes generated by the typegen tools.


The native logger handle. See Logging.

Interface for the target data sink. See Persisting data.


On-chain data items are grouped into blocks, with each block containing a header and iterables for all supported data item types. Boundary blocks are always included into the ctx.blocks iterable with valid headers, even when they do not contain any requested data. It follows that batch context always contains at least one block.

The set of iterables depends on the processor type (docs for EVM/Substrate). Depending on the data item type, items within the iterables can be canonically ordered by how the data is recorded on-chain (e.g. transactions are ordered but traces are not). The shape of item objects is determined by the processor configuration done via the .setFields() method.

An idiomatic use of the context API is to iterate first over blocks and then over each iterable of each block: TypeormDatabase(), async (ctx) => {
for (let block of ctx.blocks) {
for (let log of block.logs) {
// filter and process logs
for (let txn of block.transactions) {
// filter and process transactions
for (let stDiff of block.stateDiffs) {
// filter and process state diffs
for (let traces of block.traces) {
// filter and process execution traces

The canonical ordering of ctx.blocks enables efficient in-memory data processing. For example, multiple updates of the same entity can be compressed into a single database transaction.

Please be aware that the processor cannot ensure that data not meeting its filters will be excluded from iterables. It only guarantees the inclusion of data that matches the filters. Therefore, it is necessary to filter the data in the batch handler prior to processing.


Is true if the processor has reached the chain head. The last block ctx.blocks is then the current chain tip.