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⚠️ WARNING: This library is currently under active development and things may be changing quickly. However, it is mostly complete and includes all reason-apollo and reason-apollo-hooks functionality


ReasonML / BuckleScript bindings for the Apollo Client ecosystem

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1. graphql-ppx

We rely on Graphql-ppx for typesafe GraphQL operations and fragments in ReasonML. Go to the official documentation for installation instructions.

You should now have a graphql_schema.json in your project somewhere. Make sure it's always up-to-date!

2. @apollo/client and Optional Dependencies

npm install @jeddeloh/reason-apollo-client @apollo/client
# optional
npm install @apollo/link-context @apollo/link-error @apollo/link-ws subscriptions-transport-ws

3. Apollo-Specific graphql-ppx Configuration

Add the following under bs-dependencies and graphql, in your bsconfig.json

  "graphql": {
+   "apollo-mode": true,
+   "extend-mutation": "ApolloClient.GraphQL_PPX.ExtendMutation",
+   "extend-query": "ApolloClient.GraphQL_PPX.ExtendQuery",
+   "extend-subscription": "ApolloClient.GraphQL_PPX.ExtendSubscription",
+   "template-tag-return-type": "ApolloClient.GraphQL_PPX.templateTagReturnType",
+   "template-tag-import": "gql",
+   "template-tag-location": "@apollo/client"
  "ppx-flags": ["@reasonml-community/graphql-ppx/ppx"],
  "bs-dependencies: [
+   "@jeddeloh/reason-apollo-client"
  • "apollo-mode" automaticaly sprinkles __typename throughout our operation and fragment definitions
  • "-template-tag-*" is how we tell graphql-ppx to wrap every operation with gql
  • "extend-*" allows reason-apollo-client to automatically decorate the generated modules with Apollo-specific things like the correct hook for that operation!


The EXAMPLES/ directory is the best documentation at the moment (real docs are coming), but in short, the appropriate hook is exposed as a use function on the graphql module. If variables are required, they are the last argument:

module ExampleQuery = [%graphql {|
  query Example ($userId: String!) {
    user(id: $userId) {

let make = () => {
  switch (ExampleQuery.use({userId: "1"})) {
    | {data: Some({users})} =>

Other than some slightly different ergonomics, the underlying functionality is almost identical to the official Apollo Client 3 docs, so that is still a good resource for working with this library.

Bindings to JavaScript Packages

Contains partial bindings to the following:

While we strive to provide ergonomics that are intuitive and "reasonable", we do expose a 1:1 mapping to the javascript package structures if that is your preference. For instance, if you're looking in the Apollo docs and see import { setContext } from '@apollo/link-context' and you'd prefer to interact with this library in the same way, you can always access with the same filepath and name like so:

module Apollo = {
  include ApolloClient.Bindings;

// import { setContext } from '@apollo/link-context'
let contextLink = Apollo.LinkContext.setContext(...);
// import { createHttpLink } from '@apollo/client'
let httpLink = Apollo.Client.createHttpLink(...);

For comparison, this library packages things up into logical groups that have a consistent structure with the intent to be more disoverable and less reliant on docs:

// Make a generic link
let customLink = ApolloClient.Link.make(...);
// Specific link types are nested under the more general module
let contextLink = ApolloClient.Link.ContextLink.make(...)
// See, they're all the same :)
let httpLink = ApolloClient.Link.HttpLink.make(...)

About This Library

Apollo bindings in the Reason / BuckleScript community are pretty confusing as a write this (July 14, 2020), so it's worth providing some context to help you make the right decisions about which library to use.

This library, reason-apollo-client, targets Apollo Client 3 and aims to take full advantage of v1.0.0 graphql-ppx features (still in beta) and is intended to be a replacement for reason-apollo and reason-apollo-hooks (all the functionality (minus HOCs) should be here and more). You should avoid using those libraries at the same time as this one (it's possible, but don't unless you have special circumstances).


reason-apollo, despite being under the apollographql github org, doesn't have any official Apollo team support behind it and currently seems like it may be abandoned. It binds to the react-apollo js package and some of the older apollo packages not under the @apollo npm namespace.

reason-apollo-hooks is the hooks companion to the reason-apollo library and binds to @apollo/react-hooks. Given the lack of development on reason-apollo, there has been a lot of active contribution pulling reason-apollo features in there. It's fairly battle-tested and it provides a nice, simple interface to hooks. It's not currently compatible with graphql-ppx v1.0.0, but there is a branch that adds basic support for it.


Yes, please! Check out the Contributing Guide or issues to get started.

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