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Pinterest Clone - GraphQL, ReactJS, NodeJS, Mysql


This project was made in as a way to practice my GraphQL skills. I also used it to learn how to implement an ORM into my back-end, which in this case I used Sequelize. It replicats the famous column layout that Pinteres uses, and it exemplifies several small features present in the real website. I made a GraphQL API for my backend using Apollo Server, which allowed a wall between the clients and the API. The user can also login with their google account, and all info related to the user is saved in a ClearDB MySQL database. If the user wants to upload a pin, the image (and other details) are inserted to the database and uploaded to Cloudinary as an image storage.

Time Taken:

2 weeks

Technologies Used:

  • ReactJS
  • NodeJS
  • ExpressJS
  • GraphQL
  • Apollo Server / Apollo Client
  • MySQL
  • Sequelize ORM
  • Google OAUTH

Front End:

The front-end is hosted on Netlify. The front-end repository is:

Back End

This repository is for the back-end.



3 Tables:

  • Users: Stores user first and last name, email, and googleId
  • Pins: Stores all pins uploaded to the platform. Information for each pin include the cloudinary image id, googleId of the user that uploaded, a title, a description, and an optional url.
  • SavedPins: Stores all pins that were saved by a user. Each saved pin stores the cloudinar image id and the googleId of the user saving the pin.


Apollo Server:

  • Express server with a graphql enpoint:
    • Mutations and queries are sent to the front end and handled with Apollo-Client.
    • Sequelize ORM is used for database requests


Front End fully developed in ReactJS using the create-react-app boiler plate