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4.0.0-rc.4 • Public • Published


graphile-build-pg is a collection of plugins for graphile-build that allow you to extend your GraphQL schema with high-performance types and fields based on resources found in your PostgreSQL database schema.

The plugins here-in do not exhibit the N+1 query problem common in many database-based GraphQL APIs thanks to graphile-build's advanced look-ahead features, they're more efficient, even, than DataLoader-based solutions.

An example of an application built on graphile-build-pg is PostGraphile v4+ which allows you to run just one command to instantly get a fully working and secure GraphQL API up and running based on your PostgreSQL database schema.

It is recommended that you use PostGraphile directly unless you really want to get low level access to this library.

If you prefer to use the plugins yourself it's advised that you use the defaultPlugins export from graphile-build-pg and then create a new array based on that into which you may insert or remove specific plugins. This is because it is ordered in a way to ensure the plugins work correctly (and we may still split up or restructure the plugins within it).


An array of graphql-build plugins in the correct order to generate a well-thought-out GraphQL object tree based on your PostgreSQL schema. This is the array that postgraphile-core uses.


This is a list of inflection engines, we currently have the following:

  • defaultInflection - a sensible default
  • postGraphileInflection - as above, but enums get converted to CONSTANT_CASE
  • postGraphileClassicIdsInflection - as above, but id attributes get renamed to rowId to prevent conflicts with id from the Relay Global Unique Object Specification.

Manual usage

import { defaultPlugins, getBuilder } from "graphile-build";
import {
  defaultPlugins as pgDefaultPlugins,
  inflections: {
} from "graphile-build-pg";
async function getSchema(pgConfig = process.env.DATABASE_URL, pgSchemas = ['public'], additionalPlugins = []) {
  return getBuilder(
      pgExtendedTypes: true,
      pgInflection: defaultInflection,


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