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Vue2 Apollo Scaphold starter kit

Based on React apollo starter kit

Fork this boilerplate code to get started with GraphQL, and Apollo with


  1. Go to

  2. Create an account and dataset.

  3. Change the URL in the API manager (config.js) in the boilerplate to point to your unique API URL.

  4. Install dependencies: npm install

  5. Run with: npm start

Open browser at: localhost:3001

Please open the browser console and monitor the logging there to see what goes on under the covers...

It should open the login screen. Try entering some login credentials and it should respond with:

{ "graphQLErrors": [ { "message": "Could not find a user with that username", "locations": [ { "line": 2, "column": 3 } ], "path": [ "loginUser" ], "name": "GraphQLError" } ], "message": "GraphQL error: Could not find a user with that username" }

Showing that it really works!

Now go to the register tab and register with a username and password. Then go back to login tab and login with those credentials and it should display Login successful :)

It really works! :D


Note: For development, you only need to run npm start

  1. Run npm run build to transpile ES6 code from the src/ directory to JavaScript in the lib/ directory.

  2. Set the environment variable process.env.NODE_ENV = 'production' to let server.js know to run the code in the lib/ directory.


The main points of interest are the vue-apollo integrations and GraphQL queries.

Vue 2




Apollo GraphQL client

Extra tools

The vue-apollo author recommends defining the apollo queries directly on the component using the special apollo key:

  // Apollo GraphQL
  apollo: {
    // Local state 'posts' data will be updated
    // by the GraphQL query result
    posts: {
      // GraphQL query
      query: postsQuery,
      // Will update the 'loading' attribute
      // +1 when a new query is loading
      // -1 when a query is completed
      loadingKey: 'loading',

Here is a good mutation example:

export default {
  // Attribute
  props: {
    // Post id passed down to this component
    postId: {
      type: Number,
      required: true,
  methods: {
    upvote() {
      // Mutation
        mutation: upvoteMutation,
        variables: {
          postId: this.postId,
      }).then(data => {
        console.log('Done upvoting.');

Please refactor the current Vue2 components to follow best practices!

Also have a look at: vue-apollo: hello world example

Using Vuex with Apollo

There is now a vue-supply module which makes it easier to supply Vuex with external data, such as via Apollo.

"Efficiently managing reactive and living data from an external source can become difficult in a large app or when using vuex. With vue-supply, you can easily consume data and automatically activate or deactivate subscriptions."

Apollo GraphQL mutations

All the GraphQL queries can be found in queries.js under src/vue/components/App

The mutation queries can be found in mutations.js which use the GraphQL mutation queries defined in queries.js.

  • createUser
  • LoginWithData


Takes an object with username and password, then attempts to login via GraphQL API on


Creates a new user (ie. Registration). We can then use this user account to login. Takes an object with username and password

App component

Folder: src/vue/components/App

In App.vue we have a method createUser() which I'm not sure how it fits in... but this is the method used to make a mutation on the GraphQL backend at to actually create a User object in the data store RethinkDB.

methods: {
  createUser() {
      username: this.username,
      password: this.password

subscribe to user

There is also a subscribeToUser method used to subscribe to new users (via RethinkDB changefeed)

"RethinkDB pushes JSON to your apps in realtime."

Currently it polls every 30 seconds (ie. every minute: pollInterval: 60000 ms)

subscribeToUser(id) {
  const observable = this.$apollo.watchQuery({
    query: userQuery,
    fragments: createFragment(FragmentDoc),
    pollInterval: 30000,
    forceFetch: true,
    variables: {

  const subscription = observable.subscribe({
    next(result) {
      // error handling

      // save in local storage
      // update component state

Register user component

You need to first register in order to login!

Contains the following data, bound to the form dialog.

  showModal: false, // show modal or not
  registerEmail: undefined, // user email
  registerPassword: undefined, // user password
  errors: undefined // registration error

Login user component

Contains an apollo mutation method to perform a loginWithData

  methods: {
    login(ctx) {
      return this.$apollo.mutate(LoginQuery)

The method loginUser executes login, passing username and password. On login success (ie. no errors in returned data), it stores token and id in localStorage then redirects to home.

loginUser() {
    password: this.password
  }).then(({ data }) => {
    if (!data.errors) {
      localStorage.setItem('token', data.loginUser.token);
      // ...


MIT For you pleasure ;)