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This is a preset for Hops that can be used to set up an <ApolloProvider /> and enable server-side and client-side support for GraphQL via the Apollo framework.


This preset must be used together with the hops-react preset.

Add this preset and its peer dependencies graphql-tag and react-apollo to your existing Hops React project:

$ yarn add hops-graphql@next graphql-tag react-apollo
# OR npm install --save hops-graphql@next graphql-tag react-apollo 

If you don't already have an existing Hops project read this section on how to set up your first Hops project.


graphql introspect

Extract information to support the IntrospectionFragmentMatcher from either a remote GraphQL server or from a local GraphQL schema file.

This preset takes care of setting up the Apollo cache and fragment matchers - if a fragmentsFile is present it will use the IntrospectionFragmentMatcher, otherwise it will fall back to a HeuristicFragmentMatcher.

This is not strictly necessary but is recommended if you have a more complex schema and are querying fragments on unions or interfaces.

Head over to https://github.com/apollographql/react-docs/blob/master/source/initialization.md#using-fragments-on-unions-and-interfaces to read more details about this.

-H / --header

Pass additional HTTP headers that should be sent when executing the introspection query against a remote GraphQL server. For example when your server requires an authentication token or similar.

This argument can be specified multiple times to add multiple HTTP headers.


In order to start using GraphQL in your application install this preset and configure the required options (see below).

Check out this integration test as an example for how to use this preset.


Preset Options

Name Type Default Required Description
fragmentsFile String <rootDir>/fragmentTypes.json no Where to store the generated fragment types file
graphqlSchemaFile String '' no Path to your GraphQL schema file
graphqlUri String '' yes Url to your GraphQL endpoint
shouldPrefetchOnServer Boolean true no Whether Hops should execute GraphQL queries during server-side rendering

This option controls where the fragment type information that are used for the IntrospectionFragmentMatcher should be saved.

By default executing $ hops graphql introspect will create a file called fragmentTypes.json in the application root directory.

  "fragmentsFile": "<rootDir>/fragmentTypes.json"

In case your GraphQL server (configured via graphqlUri) does not answer to introspection queries, you can provide the full schema as a file from which the introspection fragment matcher can generate information about unions and interfaces.

  "graphqlSchemaFile": "<rootDir>/schema.graphql"

This is the full uri to your GraphQL endpoint which should be used by the client- and server-side when executing requests.

This will also be used to generate fragment type information with $ hops graphql introspect in case no graphqlSchemaFile has been provided.

  "graphqlUri": "https://www.graphqlhub.com/graphql"

Whether you want "full server-side rendering" or just "app shell" rendering.

This option controls whether you want Hops to execute GraphQL queries during server-side rendering, so that the actual components with actual data will get rendered (if set to false, Hops will not fetch data during server-side rendering).

  "shouldPrefetchOnServer": false

Render Options

This preset has only a single runtime option which can be passed to the render() options inside the styled key (see example above).

Name Type Default Required Description
graphql.link ApolloLink ApolloHttpLink no An instance of a apollo-link
graphql.cache ApolloCache ApolloCacheInMemory no An instance of a apollo-cache

By default this preset creates an HttpLink with the configured graphqlUri. If you need a different link, you can pass the instantiated link to the render options.

Read more about Apollo links here:

export default render(<MyApp />, {
  graphql: { link: new HttpLink({ uri: 'http://api.githunt.com/graphql' }) },

By default this preset creates an InMemoryCache which uses either the IntrospectionFragmentMatcher or HeuristicFragmentMatcher depending on whether fragment introspection results are available or not (create them with $ hops graphql introspect).

In case you need to configure a different Apollo cache you can pass an instantiated cache to the render options.

Read more about Apollo caches here: https://www.apollographql.com/docs/react/advanced/caching.html#configuration

export default render(<MyApp />, {
  graphql: {
    cache: new InMemoryCache(),

Mixin Hooks API

getApolloLink(): ApolloLink (override)

Hook to return a custom ApolloLink.

Useful when the link needs access to the current request object, which only exists in the mixin context.

Beware that link passed as render option takes precedence.

shouldPrefetchOnServer(): boolean (override)

This is an overrideable hook that can be used to customize the behavior of when Hops should prefetch data during server-side rendering. E.g. execute GraphQL queries during initial render.

By default it returns whatever is configured in the shouldPrefetchOnServer preset option or true if the config is not set.

In case you need more control over the server-side rendering you can implement this method and provide your own implementation that decides if data should be prefetched during server-side rendering.


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