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Example Web App Using Express, React, and GraphQL

This example app shows how to create a GraphQL API in Express and connect it to a React web app, all with secure user authentication using Okta.

This project was bootstrapped with Create React App.

Prerequisites: Node.js and Yarn.

Getting Started

To install this example application, run the following commands:

git clone
cd okta-graphql-react-express-example

This will install a local copy of the project. You will need to set up some environment variables before the app will run properly.

To integrate Okta's Identity Platform for user authentication, you'll first need to:

You will need to create an application in Okta:

  • Log in to your Okta account, then navigate to Applications and click the Add Application button
  • Select Single-Page App and click Next
  • Give your application a name (e.g. "My React App")
  • Change the Base URI to http://localhost:3000/ and the Login redirect URI to http://localhost:3000/implicit/callback, then click Done
  • Save your Client ID for later

Your Okta application should have settings similar to the following:

Okta Application Settings

You will also need to create an API token in Okta:

  • Log in to your Okta account, then navigate to API > Tokens and click the Create Token button
  • Enter a name that will help you remember what this is used for (e.g. "GraphQL Express")
  • Save the provided token value for later
    • This will only be displayed once. If you lose it, you will need to create another API token

Now create a file called .env.local in the project root and add the following variables, replacing the values with your own from the previous steps.



Now you can run both the React frontend and the GraphQL server with the following command:

yarn start


This example uses the Okta React SDK, the Okta Node SDK, and the Okta JWT Verifier.


Please raise an issue if you find a problem with the example application, or visit our Okta Developer Forums. You can also email if would like to create a support ticket.


Apache 2.0, see LICENSE.