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Laravel GraphQL Playground


This project is deprecated in favor of

Easily integrate GraphQL Playground into your Laravel projects.

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Please note: This is not a GraphQL Server implementation, only a UI for testing and exploring your schema. For the server component we recommend nuwave/lighthouse.


composer require mll-lab/laravel-graphql-playground

If you are using Lumen, register the service provider in bootstrap/app.php



By default, the playground is reachable at /graphql-playground and assumes a running GraphQL endpoint at /graphql.

To change the defaults, publish the configuration with the following command:

php artisan vendor:publish --tag=graphql-playground-config

You will find the configuration file at config/graphql-playground.php.


If you are using Lumen, copy it into that location manually and load the configuration in your boostrap/app.php:


HTTPS behind proxy

If your application sits behind a proxy which resolves https, the generated URL for the endpoint might not use https://, thus causing the Playground to not work by default. In order to solve this, configure your TrustProxies middleware to contain \Symfony\Component\HttpFoundation\Request::HEADER_X_FORWARDED_FOR in $headers.


To customize the Playground even further, publish the view:

php artisan vendor:publish --tag=graphql-playground-view

You can use that for all kinds of customization.

Change settings of the playground instance

Add extra settings in the call to GraphQLPlayground.init in the published view:

GraphQLPlayground.init(document.getElementById('root'), {
  endpoint: "{{ url(config('graphql-playground.endpoint')) }}",
  subscriptionEndpoint: "{{ config('graphql-playground.subscriptionEndpoint') }}",
  // See for available settings

Configure session authentication

Session based authentication can be used with Laravel Sanctum. If you use GraphQL through sessions and CSRF, add the following to the <head> in the published view:

<meta name="csrf-token" content="{{ csrf_token() }}">

Modify the Playground config:

GraphQLPlayground.init(document.getElementById('root'), {
  endpoint: "{{ url(config('graphql-playground.endpoint')) }}",
  subscriptionEndpoint: "{{ config('graphql-playground.subscriptionEndpoint') }}",
+ settings: {
+   'request.credentials': 'same-origin',
+   'request.globalHeaders': {
+     'X-CSRF-TOKEN': document.querySelector('meta[name="csrf-token"]').content
+   }
+ }

Make sure your route includes the web middleware group in config/graphql-playground.php:

    'route' => [
        'uri' => '/graphql-playground',
        'name' => 'graphql-playground',
+       'middleware' => ['web']

Local assets

If you want to serve the assets from your own server, you can download them with the command

php artisan graphql-playground:download-assets

This puts the necessary CSS, JS and Favicon into your public directory. If you have the assets downloaded, they will be used instead of the online version from the CDN.


If you do not want to enable the GraphQL playground in production, you can disable it in the config file. The easiest way is to set the environment variable GRAPHQL_PLAYGROUND_ENABLED=false.

If you want to protect the route to the GraphQL playground, you can add custom middleware in the config file.