Set up a GraphQL client with Apollo

Hope you got the app-boilerplate code up and running. We will use Apollo as GraphQL client in this tutorial.

Apollo gives a neat abstraction layer and an interface to your GraphQL server. You don't need to worry about constructing your queries with request body, headers and options, that you might have done with axios or fetch say. You can directly write queries and mutations in GraphQL and they will automatically be sent to your server via your apollo client instance.

React Apollo Installation

Let's get started by installing apollo client & peer graphql dependencies:

$ npm install @apollo/client graphql rescript-apollo-client

What are these dependencies?

  • @apollo/client is a GraphQL client library
  • graphql package contains core utilities which are used by other graphql libraries
  • rescript-apollo-client contains ReScript bindings for the Apollo Client

Let's add rescript-apollo-client to bs-dependencies Open bsconfig.json and update bs-dependencies

- "bs-dependencies": ["@rescript/react"]
+ "bs-dependencies": ["@rescript/react", "rescript-apollo-client"],

Create Apollo Client Instance

Let's create a function that creates and return a apollo client instance.

Open src/components/App.res and add the following code to create apollo client and App component.

let createApolloClient = authToken => {
let headers = {
"Authorization": `Bearer ${authToken}`,
let httpLink = ApolloClient.Link.HttpLink.make(
~uri=_ => "",
let client = {
open ApolloClient
~mutate=DefaultMutateOptions.make(~awaitRefetchQueries=true, ()),

Let's try to understand what is happening here.

HttpLink and InMemoryCache

We are creating an HttpLink to connect ApolloClient with the GraphQL server. As you know already, our GraphQL server is running at

At the end, we instantiate ApolloClient by passing in our HttpLink and a new instance of InMemoryCache (recommended caching solution). We are wrapping all of this in a function which will return the client.

Next, let's create the apollo client instance inside App and pass the client prop to <ApolloProvider> component.

let make = (~idToken) => {
let {loading, logout} = useAuth0()
if loading {
<div> {React.string("Loading...")} </div>
} else {
+ let client = createApolloClient(idToken)
+ <ApolloClient.React.ApolloProvider client={client}>
+ </ApolloClient.React.ApolloProvider>

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