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Internal Data Bridge

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The Internal Data Bridge is an internal Gatsby plugin located at internal-plugins/internal-data-bridge. Its purpose is to create nodes representing pages, plugins, and site config so that they can be introspected for arbitrary purposes. As of writing, the only usage of this is by the gatsby-plugin-sitemap which uses it to… yes you guessed it, create a site map of your site.

Example usage

As a site developer, you can write queries to introspect your site’s information. For example, to get a list of all Gatsby plugins that you’re using:

Internal types

The internal data bridge creates 3 types of nodes that can be introspected.


This is a node that contains fields from your site’s gatsby-config.js, as well as program information such as host and port for the local development server.


A Node for each plugin in your gatsby-config.js that contains the full contents of the plugin’s package.json.


Internal Data Bridge implements onCreatePage and creates a node of type SitePage that represents the created Page. Which allows you to introspect all pages created for your site.

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