Set up a GraphQL client with Apollo

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

Vue Apollo Installation

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

$ npm install --save @apollo/client @vue/apollo-composable @vue/apollo-util graphql graphql-tag

Create Apollo Client Instance

Open src/apollo-client.ts and add the following code to create an ApolloClient instance.

import { ApolloClient, InMemoryCache, HttpLink } from "@apollo/client/core"
import { getMainDefinition } from "@apollo/client/utilities"
import { onError } from "@apollo/client/link/error"
import { logErrorMessages } from "@vue/apollo-util"
function getHeaders() {
const headers = {}
const token = window.localStorage.getItem("apollo-token")
if (token) {
headers["Authorization"] = `Bearer ${token}`
return headers
// Create an http link:
const httpLink = new HttpLink({
uri: "",
fetch: (uri: RequestInfo, options: RequestInit) => {
options.headers = getHeaders()
return fetch(uri, options)
const errorLink = onError((error) => {
if (process.env.NODE_ENV !== "production") {
// Create the apollo client
export const apolloClient = new ApolloClient({
cache: new InMemoryCache(),
link: errorLink.concat(httpLink),

These are the required apollo dependencies to get started. We have also written a utility to get token information to construct the headers.

Install Vue Apollo Plugin and Provider

Now let's install the VueApollo plugin into Vue. Then, let's provide an ApolloClient instance. This is the instance that can then be used by all the child components.

import App from "./App.vue"
import { router } from "./router"
- import { createApp } from "vue"
+ import { createApp, provide, h } from "vue"
+ import { DefaultApolloClient } from "@vue/apollo-composable"
+ import { apolloClient } from "./apollo-client"
import authPlugin from "./auth/authPlugin"
- const app = createApp(App)
+ const app = createApp({
+ setup() {
+ provide(DefaultApolloClient, apolloClient)
+ },
+ render: () => h(App),
+ })

Let's try to understand what is happening in all of the above.

  • We are creating an HttpLink to connect ApolloClient with the GraphQL server. As you know already, our GraphQL server is running at
  • Subsequently, we instantiate ApolloClient by passing in our HttpLink and a new instance of InMemoryCache (recommended caching solution).
  • Finally, we are adding a DefaultApolloClient to the Vue app.
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