Client Side Elm Setup


We looked into the problems of making a GraphQL query from an elm application in the architecture section. Elm is statically typed and hence everything needs to be properly typed.

Elm GraphQL CLI is a tool which spits out elm types based on the GraphQL schema. We can use these types to interact with the GraphQL server.

Elm GraphQL CLI Installation

Let's get started by installing elm-graphql:

$ npm install --save-dev @dillonkearns/elm-graphql

Generate Elm Types

Let's generate Elm Types by adding a script to our package.json file as follows

Open package.json and add the following script:

"name": "elm-todo-hasura",
"version": "0.0.1",
"description": "Simple todo app using Hasura GraphQL Engine and dillonkearns/elm-graphql",
"main": "src/index.js",
"directories": {
"test": "tests"
"scripts": {
"build": "node scripts/build.js",
"start": "node scripts/start.js",
"make": "elm make",
"repl": "elm repl",
"reactor": "elm reactor",
+ "test": "echo \"Error: no test specified\" && exit 1",
+ "generate-elm-types": "elm-graphql --base Hasura"
"keywords": [
"author": "Karthik V",
"license": "ISC",
"dependencies": {},
"devDependencies": {
"@babel/cli": "7.2.3",
"@babel/core": "7.3.4",
"@babel/plugin-transform-runtime": "7.3.4",
"@babel/preset-env": "7.3.4",
"@babel/runtime": "7.3.4",
"assets-webpack-plugin": "^3.5.1",
"autoprefixer": "^8.0.0",
"babel-loader": "8.0.4",
"babel-runtime": "^6.26.0",
"@dillonkearns/elm-graphql": "^3.6.2",
"case-sensitive-paths-webpack-plugin": "^2.1.2",
"chalk": "^2.3.1",
"clean-webpack-plugin": "^0.1.18",
"connect-history-api-fallback": "^1.5.0",
"cosmiconfig": "^5.0.6",
"css-loader": "^0.28.9",
"dotenv": "^5.0.0",
"elm": "0.19.0-bugfix6",
"elm-hot-webpack-loader": "^1.0.2",
"elm-test": "^0.19.0-rev5",
"elm-webpack-loader": "^5.0.0",
"file-loader": "^1.1.6",
"html-webpack-plugin": "^4.0.0-alpha.2",
"http-proxy-middleware": "^0.17.4",
"mini-css-extract-plugin": "^0.4.0",
"minimist": "1.2.0",
"postcss-flexbugs-fixes": "^3.3.0",
"postcss-loader": "2.1.5",
"promise": "8.0.1",
"react-dev-utils": "6.1.1",
"react-error-overlay": "^4.0.0",
"string-replace-loader": "^2.1.1",
"style-loader": "^0.21.0",
"sw-precache-webpack-plugin": "^0.11.5",
"uglifyjs-webpack-plugin": "^1.2.4",
"url-loader": "^1.0.1",
"webpack": "^4.30.0",
"webpack-cli": "^3.3.1",
"webpack-dev-server": "^3.1.1",
"webpack-manifest-plugin": "^2.0.3",
"whatwg-fetch": "2.0.4"
"now": {
"alias": ""

Before we generate our types, we will need to get the Authorization token to access the GraphQL server. Lets login using the below link and get the Authorization Token

Copy authorization token

Copy the Authorization Token header as in the screenshot and execute the following command to generate elm types

npm run generate-elm-types -- --header "Authorization: Bearer <token>"

You should see a folder called Hasura inside src/ as in the screenshot below

Generated elm types

This folder contains everything you need to interact with this GraphQL server.

Woo hoo, you have successfully configured your client. You can straight away dive into the action. Here is how the tutorial will be structured.

For every functionality we will definitely have following snippets of code:

  • Add imports
  • Side effects (Commands and Subscriptions)
  • Add/Modify data types
  • Generate a GraphQL query/mutation using elm-graphql generated functions
  • Handle new Msg types
  • Handle new Msg scenarios in update function
  • Create/Update render functions