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The Swift implementation for GraphQL, a query language for APIs created by Facebook.

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This repo contains the core GraphQL implementation. For a better experience when creating your types use Graphiti.

Graphiti is a Swift library for building GraphQL schemas/types fast, safely and easily.

Getting Started

An overview of GraphQL in general is available in the README for the Specification for GraphQL. That overview describes a simple set of GraphQL examples that exist as tests in this repository. A good way to get started with this repository is to walk through that README and the corresponding tests in parallel.

Using GraphQL

Add GraphQL to your Package.swift

// swift-tools-version:4.0
import PackageDescription

let package = Package(
    dependencies: [
        .package(url: "", from: "0.9.0"),

GraphQL provides two important capabilities: building a type schema, and serving queries against that type schema.

First, build a GraphQL type schema which maps to your code base.

import GraphQL

let schema = try GraphQLSchema(
    query: GraphQLObjectType(
        name: "RootQueryType",
        fields: [
            "hello": GraphQLField(
                type: GraphQLString,
                resolve: { _, _, _, _ in "world" }

This defines a simple schema with one type and one field, that resolves to a fixed value. More complex examples are included in the Tests directory.

Then, serve the result of a query against that type schema.

let query = "{ hello }"
let result = try graphql(schema: schema, request: query)


    "data": {
        "hello": "world"

This runs a query fetching the one field defined. The graphql function will first ensure the query is syntactically and semantically valid before executing it, reporting errors otherwise.

let query = "{ boyhowdy }"
let result = try graphql(schema: schema, request: query)


    "errors": [
            "locations": [
                    "line": 1,
                    "column": 3
            "message": "Cannot query field \"boyhowdy\" on type \"RootQueryType\"."

Field Execution Strategies

Depending on your needs you can alter the field execution strategies used for field value resolution.

By default the SerialFieldExecutionStrategy is used for all operation types (query, mutation, subscription).

To use a different strategy simply provide it to the graphql function:

try graphql(
    queryStrategy: ConcurrentDispatchFieldExecutionStrategy(),
    schema: schema,
    request: query

The following strategies are available:

  • SerialFieldExecutionStrategy
  • ConcurrentDispatchFieldExecutionStrategy

Please note: Not all strategies are applicable for all operation types.


This project is released under the MIT license. See LICENSE for details.

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