Refactored version of the official F8 app of 2016, powered by React Native and the Apollo Stack.
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F8 App 2016 - Apollo

This is a refactored version of the official F8 app of 2016, that uses the Apollo Stack. As part of the refactor I have made the following changes:

  • Removed the use of Relay on both the server and client.
  • Replaced the Parse client with the Apollo client for all the data loading.
  • Fully implemented all data requirements in the GraphQL server.

The implementation found in the master branch leaves the application architecture intact with the use of react-redux. There is a version of the app that uses react-apollo in the react-apollo-connect branch which is a WIP.


  1. React Native (follow iOS and Android guides)
  • Xcode 7.3 +
  1. CocoaPods (only for iOS)
  • Version 1.0+ recommended (gem install cocoapods --pre)
  1. MongoDB (needed to run Parse Server locally)


  1. Clone the repo
$ git clone
$ cd f8app-apollo
  1. Install dependencies (npm v3+):
$ npm install
$ (cd ios; pod install)        # only for iOS version
  1. Make sure MongoDB is running:
$ lsof -iTCP:27017 -sTCP:LISTEN

NOTE: if installed with Homebrew run brew info mongo and check out the Caveats section.

If you prefer to use an external MongoDB server, set DATABASE_URI:

$ export DATABASE_URI=mongodb://
  1. Start Parse/GraphQL servers:
$ npm start
  1. Import sample data (the local Parse Server should be running):
$ npm run import-data

Make sure everything works by visiting:

  1. Running on Android:
$ react-native run-android
$ adb reverse tcp:8081 tcp:8081   # required to ensure the Android app can
$ adb reverse tcp:8080 tcp:8080   # access the Packager and GraphQL server
  1. Running on iOS:
$ react-native run-ios