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extractgql is a simple build tool that enables query whitelisting and persisted queries for GraphQL projects that use statically analyze-able GraphQL queries.

It scans a code directory and extracts GraphQL query documents from .graphql files. It then assigns these queries ID values/hashes and produces a JSON file which maps from queries to hashes/IDs. This map can then be used by the client and server to perform query whitelisting, query lookups (i.e. client only sends the hash/id, the server just looks up the corresponding query), etc.

The npm package also provides a network interface for Apollo Client that manages the query lookups in extractgql/lib/browser and middleware for Express servers in extractgql/lib/server. These will likely be moved to their own packages in the future to reduce bundle size.


For only the CLI tool:

npm install -g extractgql

As a dependency (for Express middlware or Apollo Client network interface):

npm install --save extractgql

Build Tool Semantics

The build tool binary is called extractgql. Running it with no other arguments should give:

Usage: extractgql input_file [output file] [--add_typename]

It can be called on a file containing GraphQL query definitions with extension .graphql:

extractgql queries.graphql

It can also be called on a directory, which it will step through recursively:

extractgql src/

By default, the output will be palced in extracted_queries.json. An output file can be specified as the second argument:

extractgql index.ts output.json

It can also take the --add_typename flag which will apply a query transformation to the query documents, adding the __typename field at every level of the query. You must pass this option if your client code uses this query transformation.

extractgql src/ --add_typename

Apollo Client Network Interface

This package also provides an implementation of an Apollo Client network interface that provides persisted query support. It serves as a drop-in replacement for the standard network interface and uses the query map given by extractgql in order to send only query hashes/ids to the serverather than the query document.

See the implementation as well as some documentation for it within src/network_interface/ApolloNetworkInterface.ts.

Express middleware

This package also provides middleware for Express servers that maps a JSON object such as the following:

    id: < query id >,
    variables: < query variables >,
    operationName: < query operation name >

to the following:

    query: < query >,
    variables: < query variables >,
    operationName: < query operation name >

That is, it maps query ids to the query document using the query map given by extractgql. See src/server/serverUtil.ts for the middleware methods and some documentation.