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GraphQL based Application Framework and CMS for rapid software development:

Declaratively define your backend using GraphQL SDL and get a production ready Serverless GraphQL API with CMS instantly. Works with existing data sources and GraphQL APIs.

Automate the hard parts of GraphQL and build:

  • Multi-tenant SaaS-Applications
  • CMS for custom demanding websites (for example with customer login)
  • Productivity tools with complex requirements + permissions
  • etc.


  • Instant GraphQL API on managed cloud infrastructure
  • Headless CMS
  • Modular architecture
  • Automatic database migrations
  • Declarative permission model (for multi tenant SaaS, customer facing apps, enterprise etc.)
  • Use with any API and database
  • Powerful data modeling features with relations, interfaces, enum types etc.
  • Multi-Stage development workflow
  • Works with your favorite technologies (React, Angular, Vue, Javascript, iOS, Android etc.)
  • Extend existing GraphQL APIs
  • Extensible with custom code (Javascript, TypeScript, Flow etc.)


The Slicknode CLI can be installed via the terminal using npm. (How to get npm?)

npm install -g slicknode@latest



To create a new Slicknode project, navigate to the folder where you want to create your new project and run:

slicknode init my-fancy-project

# Change into the newly created project directory
cd ./my-fancy-project

(This will ask for your Slicknode login information when run for the first time. Enter the login information that you used when you signed up.)

Create a module

Modules are the top level building blocks that let you organize your project in a modular way. Put each functionality of your project in a separate module. That way they can easily be reused in other projects.

To create a blog for example, run:

slicknode module create blog

It will suggest a namespace and the label that will be displayed in the data browser. Just hit enter to use the suggested values for now.

This will create the following file structure in your project folder:


Model your schema

You can model your schema using the GraphQL SDL.

In your favorite editor, open the file modules/blog/schema.graphql and enter your schema, for example:

A blog article
type Blog_Article implements Node & TimeStampedInterface {
    id: ID!
    title: String!
    slug: String! @unique
    text: String! @input(type: MARKDOWN)
    author: User!
    createdAt: DateTime!
    lastUpdatedAt: DateTime
    comments: [Blog_Comment!] @relation(path: "Blog_Article=article.Blog_Comment")
Comments for blog articles
type Blog_Comment implements Node & TimeStampedInterface {
    id: ID!
    text: String! @input(type: TEXTAREA)
    author: User
    article: Blog_Article!
    createdAt: DateTime!
    lastUpdatedAt: DateTime

Save the file and check if you have any errors in your project by printing the project status. Run the status command from the project folder:

slicknode status


To deploy the changes to the cloud, simply run:

slicknode deploy

Now you have a production ready GraphQL backend and a fully functional CMS.


To explore your newly created GraphQL API, open the playground:

slicknode playground

This will open the GraphiQL playground for your API. (It might ask you for your login credentials)

To open the CMS data browser of your project:

slicknode console

Show the GraphQL endpoint that you can use with your GraphQL clients:

slicknode endpoint

Next Steps

Explore the full potential of Slicknode. Here are a few topics that can get you started:

Join our Slack community!

  • Tutorial: Build an advanced blog application in a step by step tutorial.
  • Client Setup: Connect your frontend application with the Slicknode server
  • Writing Extensions: Write custom extensions to add any API and database to your application
  • Auth: Secure your application and write complex permission rules that span multiple tables.
  • Data Modeling: Learn how to model the data for your application

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