I'm looking for software that generates simple html views for all RDF subjects served by virtuoso-opensource.


  • Generates html view for all RDF subjects at a sparql endpoint
  • Free, preferably open source
  • Works with virtuoso-opensource

Examples of what I'm looking for are:

dbpedia also uses virtuoso so I'll take that as an example.
When I visit my endpoint localhost:8890/sparql it looks identical to dbpedia.
When I run a query the results are displayed in the same way.

But when I click on a link in the results table at my endpoint I get: Error HTTP/1.1 404 File not found The requested URL was not found URI = '/place/411' while in dbpedia I get a webpage, for example http://dbpedia.org/page/Abbasid_Caliphate.

I don't need something that complicated, a turtle view would work. e.g. https://www.w3.org/2002/07/owl#Thing

From this blog post it looks like TopBraid might be able to do what I need, but it doesn't seem to be free or opensource.

Do you know what dbpedia uses to generate views for their URIs?
Or any tool that would generate html views for RDF URIs?

2 Answers 2


Try Pubby: oldie but Goldie. http://wifo5-03.informatik.uni-mannheim.de/pubby/. Let us know how it goes

  • This is exactly the kind of thing I was looking for, thank you! Searching for pubby on github I found github.com/Data2Semantics/brwsr and since my project is using python I'm going to try that out first Commented Nov 16, 2018 at 12:39
  • Looks like I'm already stuck. I'm trying to install pubby 0.3.3. I tried on both tomcat 7 and 8 with no luck. I'm on ubuntu 16.04. I followed the instructions on wifo5-03.informatik.uni-mannheim.de/pubby ``` sudo apt-get install tomcat8 tomcat8-docs tomcat8-admin sudo mkdir /var/lib/tomcat8/webapps/pubby sudo cp -R pubby/webapp/* /var/lib/tomcat8/webapps sudo systemctl start tomcat8 ``` Tomcat is running fine. I can see pubby in manager and it looks like it's deployed, but when I visit localhost:8080/pubby I get a 404. Commented Nov 16, 2018 at 16:09
  • Sorry about the formatting. Looks like you can't add line breaks to comments -_- Commented Nov 16, 2018 at 16:13

I ended up using the Virtuoso Facet Browser.

It's main function is a search interface, but it exposes an endpoint /describe by default, which provides a html view of rdf subjects at a virtuoso sparql endpoint.

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