I used to execute successfully the following query:

SELECT (COUNT(?r) AS ?count) WHERE { [] <http://www.wikidata.org/prop/direct/P31> ?r }

on http://wdqs-beta.wmflabs.org/bigdata/namespace/wdq/sparql

However, now this endpoint has been stopped, and when I execute the same query on official wikidata endpoint service: https://query.wikidata.org I get the following error:

java.util.concurrent.ExecutionException: java.util.concurrent.ExecutionException: org.openrdf.query.QueryInterruptedException: java.lang.RuntimeException: java.util.concurrent.ExecutionException: com.bigdata.bop.engine.QueryTimeoutException: Query deadline is expired.

This means that the query has exceeded the limit time.

Is there a way to expand executing time, or is there another SPARQL endpoint that allows me to execute the query?

  • What are you trying to do with your query? Other queries work fine.
    – philshem
    Commented Oct 23, 2016 at 11:47
  • it calculates frequency of using property P31. It is for research purposes.
    – Nasreddine
    Commented Oct 23, 2016 at 13:33
  • P31 is "instance of" - how long did that take with the original web service?
    – philshem
    Commented Oct 23, 2016 at 17:42
  • I do not remember; it was calculated normally.
    – Nasreddine
    Commented Oct 24, 2016 at 8:13
  • What are you trying to calculate?
    – philshem
    Commented Oct 24, 2016 at 13:46

1 Answer 1


The following query is almost instant (try it):

SELECT (COUNT(*) AS ?count)  { ?s wdt:P31 ?o }   

In general, one have to download a dump and use it for such queries.

Another option is to use special reports (you should be especially interested in this one):

Additionally, property usage statistics is available on the Property discussion page.


Hackish way: https://query.wikidata.org/sparql?ESTCARD&p=<http://www.wikidata.org/prop/direct/P31>

  • I know this is a bit old but could you perhaps elaborate on why the query you pasted is so much faster? I haven't seen a SPARQL query like that before, you have omitted the WHERE keyword, why is that? I tried to find an explanation but nothing mentions this. Why is your query significantly faster than the (semantically equivalent) query: SELECT (COUNT(?s) AS ?count) WHERE {?s wdt:P31 ?o}? Thanks Commented Mar 6, 2021 at 9:26

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