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React and Apollo SDK for Alpaca Travel

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The Alpaca Travel platform offers a GraphQL API that provides developers with easy access to itinerary content for use in interactive applications and user interfaces. It includes features such as itinerary management, guide and directory creation, location search, and place information loading to enhance the functionality of travel-related applications and websites.

Simplify integration of Alpaca Travel GraphQL API into React and Apollo-based projects using pre-built functionality and type-safe hooks.

The @alpaca-travel/graph-sdk-react-apollo package is an npm package for developers who are using React and Apollo GraphQL to build travel-related websites and applications. The package includes an SDK that utilizes Apollo clients to connect to the Alpaca Travel GraphQL API, providing developers with a prebuilt set of standard functionality without the need to write their own GraphQL operations.

Additionally, the package includes examples of how to use code generation to construct type-safe hooks based on the Alpaca Travel GraphQL schema, which can assist in validating operations and simplifying integration. This package may be useful for developers who are looking to efficiently integrate the Alpaca Travel GraphQL API into their React and Apollo-based projects.


This SDK is for applications or websites that are built using React along with the Apollo Client.

This guide assumes that you have you React application already installed and running.

Install dependencies

Apollo Client

If you haven't done so already, you'll also need to install the Apollo Client.

Apollo Client requires two top-level dependencies of @apollo/client and graphql.

npm install @apollo/client graphql --save

For this you can use an install like below, or refer to the Apollo Client documentation.

Alpaca Travel React/Apollo SDK

Intalling the Alpaca Travel SDK requires one top-level dependency added to the project.

npm install @alpaca-travel/graph-sdk-react-apollo --save

This single package exposes a number of React hooks and GraphQL documents providing the basis of the Alpaca Travel SDK.

Initialize the ApolloClient

You'll need to establish your client and provide it to the application.

Create a module called client.js and add the following Apollo Client configuration:

import { ApolloClient, InMemoryCache } from "@apollo/client";
import { typePolicies } from "@alpaca-travel/graph-sdk-react-apollo";

// Recommend this is an environment variable

// Create a new Apollo Client
const client = new ApolloClient({
  // Substitute in your API Key
  uri: `https://withalpaca.com/api/graphql?accessToken=${ACCESS_TOKEN}`,
  cache: new InMemoryCache({ typePolicies }),
  • uri specifies apollo to connect to the Alpaca Travel GraphQL endpoint
  • cache is an instance of InMemoryCache, which Apollo client uses to cache results after fetching them.

Remember to update the code with your Access Token.

Pass the InMemoryCache instance the value of typePolicies exported from the SDK, which helps configure the cache to understand how to handle SDK functionality, such as relay style cursor pagination.

See More:

Connect your client to React

In your application component, you can provide the Apollo Client to wrap your application using the ApolloProvider.

We suggest putting the ApolloProvider somewhere high in your app, above any component that might need to use the SDK.

import React from "react";
import { ApolloProvider } from "@apollo/client";

// Import the client from above
import client from "./client";

function App() {
  return (
    <ApolloProvider client={client}>
      <h2>My first Apollo app 🚀</h2>

export default App;

Fetch data with the SDK

The below provides an example of using the 'getItinerary' SDK query, which is exposed as useGetItineraryQuery. You also have access to variations, such as lazy loading.

// Import the SDK function
import * as alpaca from "@alpaca-travel/graph-sdk-react-apollo";

function MyComponent() {
  // Leverage an SDK function as a hook
  const [data, loading, error] = alpaca.useGetItineraryQuery({
    variables: {
      id: "itinerary/123",

  // Loading state...
  if (loading) {
    return <>Loading...</>;

  // Use Error Boundary for error handling
  if (error) {
    throw error;

  // Use the data how you want
  return (
      <p>Locations: {data.itinerary.locations.totalCount}</p>

Setup Code Example Reference

You can refer to this CodeSandbox example which shows a React v18 application using Apollo to query the Alpaca Travel API via the SDK.

SDK API Documentation

The capabilities of the API are documented using typedoc.

See API Documentation

Extending the SDK Functionality

You have options on how you would like extend your queries.

  • Use the Apollo useQuery or useMutation from Apollo Client and refer to the Alpaca Travel GraphQL documentation for example operations
  • Write your GraphQL documents and leverage graphql-codegen to generate your apollo hooks

As an alternative option, you can review this package for a reference of implementating your own SDK modifications.

Using Apollo useQuery

Apollo makes it easy for you to create your own GraphQL documents that connect to Alpaca and then execute your queries and mutations.

import { gql, useQuery } from "@apollo/client";

  query getAuthorizedProfiles($first: Int!) {
    authorizedProfiles(first: $first) {
      nodes {

function Profiles() {
  const { loading, error, data } = useQuery(GET_AUTHORIZED_PROFILES, {
    first: 10,

  if (loading) return null;
  if (error) return `Error! ${error}`;

  return (
      {data.authorizedProfiles.nodes.map((profile) => (
        <li key={profile.id}>{profile.name}</li>

Using graphql-codegen in your project

You can leverage the tool graphql-codegen in order to generate additional hooks and capability for your application.

This has the benefit of validating your GraphQL operations against the Alpaca Travel GraphQL schema, and can generate associated types that can help development.

Install graphql-codegen and the related libraries to your project (Assumes typescript):

npm install -D @graphql-codegen/cli @graphql-codegen/fragment-matcher @graphql-codegen/introspection @graphql-codegen/jsdoc @graphql-codegen/typescript @graphql-codegen/typescript-operations @graphql-codegen/typescript-react-apollo

See the graphql-codegen configuration for an example of the configuration used for generating out the SDK.

  1. Copy the codegen-typescript-example.yml file as codegen.yml in your workspace
  2. Create the folder in src/graphql and place in your graphql operations
  3. Add the script "graphql-codegen": "graphql-codegen --config codegen.yml" to your package.json "scripts" section
  4. Run npm run graphql-codegen to generate your own src/graphql/index.ts file

The benefit of using graphql-codegen is that your Typescript types will be created, as well as providing the API surface for you to call without embedding your GraphQL queries/mutations within the component.

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