Work with Graph Explorer

Graph Explorer is a developer tool that you can use to learn about Microsoft Graph APIs. It has a variety of features to help you on your journey. This article describes some of the important features of Graph Explorer and how to use them.

For an overview, see Use Graph Explorer to try Microsoft Graph APIs.

From the top navigation, you can sign in, view the tenant you're using, access your settings, and find helpful links and a feedback mechanism.

Screenshot of Graph Explorer header

  • Tenant: View the tenant you are currently using.
  • Settings: Access Graph Explorer settings to change the interface theme or to get a free instant sandbox preconfigured with sample data packs.
  • Help: Access useful links such as the documentation or the GitHub repo for Graph Explorer.
  • Feedback: If you want to provide feedback, you can fill in the survey form.
  • Profile avatar: Sign in, view your profile, consent to permissions, switch accounts, or sign out of your account. For details about consenting to permissions, see Consent to permissions.

The user or administrator must grant Graph Explorer the correct permissions by using a consent process to access data in Microsoft Graph. You can consent to permissions in Graph Explorer by choosing either the Modify permissions tab or the Consent to permissions option under the profile avatar when you’re signed in.

The Consent to permissions option in the profile avatar contains the list of all available permissions:

  1. Click the profile avatar and choose the Consent to permissions option. This option contains the list of all available permissions.
  2. From the list of all the permissions, consent to the ones you want.

Screenshot of Graph Explorer with the Select permissions option highlighted

The Modify permissions tab lists all the permissions that you might need to run the query in the address bar. When possible, choose the least privileged permission.

To consent to permissions:

  1. Select a sample query and run it.
  2. Select the Modify permissions tab.
  3. See the list of permissions required to run the query.
  4. Select the Consent button next to the permission that you want to consent to.

Screenshot of Graph Explorer with the steps to consent to permissions highlighted


The Modify permissions feature is currently in preview, and some queries might be missing permissions.

Left pane

The left pane allows you to access the main features of Graph Explorer:

Sample queries

The Sample queries tab provides a set of queries categorized by service that you can select and run to help you get started with Microsoft Graph API calls.

Screenshot of the sample queries tab

When you select a query, the selected query populates the query box. To try the request, choose Run query.


Use the Resources tab to explore Microsoft Graph resources in the beta and v1.0 endpoints. Browse the list of resources or use the search bar to search for a specific resource.

Screenshot of the resources tab

From the Resources tab, you can export a collection of resources into a Postman collection by doing the following:

  1. From the kebab menu next to the resource, select Add to collection.
  2. When you're finished adding resources, choose Preview collection.
  3. From the collection view, you can review the resources you selected and remove any if you choose.
  4. Choose Download Postman collection.

Screenshot of the preview collection screen


All queries you run in Graph Explorer are saved for 30 days in the History tab. From the History tab, you can:

  • Export all history items in .har format.
  • Delete all history items.
  • View a history item.
  • Run a query.
  • Export a history item in .har format.
  • Delete a history item.

Screenshot of the History tab

To share queries that you run, select the Share button situated next to the Run query button, and then select Copy. This copies a shareable link that allows others to see your query and the results.

Screenshot of Graph Explorer with the Share and Copy options highlighted

Query area

Use the query area to run requests and see the responses. The query area includes the following elements:

  • HTTP methods: A dropdown list of the HTTP methods.
  • API version: A dropdown list of the API versions available publicly.
  • Query box: A bar where you can manually build your query, or see the autopopulated query if you selected one from the left pane.
  • Request body: A space to write the request body in JSON format or MIME content, according to the desired request.
  • Request headers: A section to add headers to your request by specifying the key and value.
  • Modify permissions: You need to consent to the right permissions to be able to run a query. For details, see consenting to permissions.
  • Access token: This tab shows your access token when you're signed in. You can copy the token if you need to use it in your favorite REST client application.

Screenshot of Graph Explorer highlighting the query area

When you run a query, you will see a Response preview and Response headers in the response pane.

In addition to the response, this pane also includes:

Use the power of the client libraries

For each REST API query that you select or enter in Graph Explorer, you can find how to make that call in each of the supported languages: C#, Java, JavaScript, Go and PowerShell.

Screenshot of Graph Explorer with the code snippets tab highlighted

Microsoft Graph Toolkit integration

Microsoft Graph Toolkit is a collection of reusable, framework-agnostic web components and helpers for accessing and working with Microsoft Graph. The components are fully functional, with built-in providers that authenticate with and fetch data from Microsoft Graph.

Graph Explorer allows you to visualize Microsoft Graph Toolkit components that correspond to the API queries. A blue dot on the toolkit component tab indicates that the Toolkit provides a component for the currently specified REST API query in Graph Explorer. You can conveniently copy the code for the component to your app.

Screenshot showing the Toolkit components tab

Adaptive cards integration

Adaptive cards are platform-agnostic snippets of UI, authored in JSON, that apps and services can openly exchange. A blue dot on the Adaptive cards tab indicates that an adaptive card is available for the selected query.

Screenshot of the adaptive cards tab in Graph Explorer with the response details highlighted

Next steps