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GRelDAL Starter

This is a bare-bones application which you can use a starting point for a full-stack GraphQL based application powered by Node.js, React and GRelDAL.

While this starter application is quite a bit more opinionated than GRelDAL itself, it eliminates the need to spend hours integrating small utilities before you can get started with the application logic.

This repository follows a monorepo structure (managed using lerna), with two packages: frontend and backend, both written in TypeScript.


The backend is a GraphQL server which exposes data stored in a PostgreSQL database through a GRelDAL powered GraphQL API.


The frontend is a modification of the create-react-app scaffold, which talks to the backend through apollo client.

For type-safety without duplication, we generate typescript definitions and components from .graphql files using the excellent apollo-codegen.

There is nothing GRelDAL specific in the frontend, but it provides a full picture of how the client and server components fit together.

Quick Start

Clone the repo and install dependencies

git clone my_app --depth=1
cd my_app
yarn run bootstrap

We will need a postgres server running to connect to it. If you don't have postgres installed, check out the instructions here.

The application will try to connect to a database of name greldal_starter_development. You can change the DATABASE_URL entry in .env file to change this. Alternatively, you can also set an environment variable to configure this.

Run the migrations to setup the required table:

cd packages/backend
yarn run migrate:latest

Add some sample data:

yarn run seed:run

Run the express server:

cd packags/backend
yarn run start

Now you will have a graphql server running on port 4000.

GraphiQL IDE

You can open http://localhost:4000/graphql in your browser and use the graphiql in-browser IDE to play around with the API.

In a different terminal:

cd packages/frontend
yarn run start

You can now open http://localhost:3000 in a browser. You should see a page like this:

Frontend Example

If you scroll down, there is a tiny example component that talks to your graphql API. )

Wizard Explorer Example Application

Now feel free to go and tinker with your code. On any change, both your server and client will reload and update automatically.

During development, the development server will proxy to the GraphQL backend. In production you can use a static file server like Nginx and setup a reverse proxy to a node.js server.

The starter application doesn't cover production deployment currently, but there are many good resources available around production deployment of node.js example, an example being this one.


GRelDAL welcomes contributions. If you have found a bug or have suggestions around something that we could have done better, please create an issue to discuss it.

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