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GraphQL, built for Deno.

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  • (New!) Support for W-TinyLFU client-side cache that brings great hit-ratio performance with minimal memory overhead
  • (New!) Option to provide Obsidian with the search types your application uses, allowing data cached from complete dataset pulls to be accessible later on in searches for individual items
  • (New!) Refactored server-side caching with Redis
  • (New!) Rebuilt developer tool for Obsidian 8.0 for testing and analytics related to the new client caching options
  • (New!) Option for persistent queries, allowing only a smaller hash to be sent to the server on client-side cache misses, minimizing the cost of queries. Note that while this will increase the overall performance for frequent, repeat queries.
  • Flexible cache responds only with data requested from selected fields
  • GraphQL query abstraction and caching improving the performance of your app
  • SSR React wrapper, allowing you to cache in browser
  • Configurable caching options, giving you complete control over your cache
  • Fullstack integration, leveraging client-side and server-side caching to streamline your caching strategy
  • Support for the full GraphQL convention
  • Support for client-side and server-side cache invalidation
  • Optional GraphQL DoS attack mitigation security module


Obsidian is Deno's first native GraphQL caching client and server module. Boasting lightning-fast caching and fetching capabilities alongside headlining normalization and rebuilding strategies, Obsidian is equipped to support scalable, highly performant applications.

With additional support for use in server-side rendered React apps built with Deno, full stack integration of Obsidian enables a fast and flexible caching solution.



Creating the Router

import { Application, Router } from '';
import { ObsidianRouter, gql } from '';
import { resolvers } from './ import from your resolvers file';
import { types } from './ import your schema/types from schema/types file';

interface ObsRouter extends Router {
  obsidianSchema?: any;

const GraphQLRouter =
  (await ObsidianRouter) <
  ObsRouter >
    Router, // your router in deno
    typeDefs: types, // graphQL typeDefs
    resolvers: resolvers, // graphQL resolvers

// attach the graphql router's routes to your deno app
app.use(GraphQLRouter.routes(), GraphQLRouter.allowedMethods());

Selecting options for the Router

const GraphQLRouter =
  (await ObsidianRouter) <
  ObsRouter >
    Router, // Router that is initialized by server.
    path: '/graphql', // endpoint for graphQL queries, default to '/graphql'
    typeDefs: types, // graphQL typeDefs
    resolvers: resolvers, // graphQL resolvers
    usePlayground: true, // Boolean to allow for graphQL playground, default to false
    useCache: true, // Boolean to toggle all cache functionality, default to true
    redisPort: 6379, // Desired redis port, default to 6379
    policy: 'allkeys-lru', // Option select your Redis policy, default to allkeys-lru
    maxmemory: '2000mb', // Option to select Redis capacity, default to 2000mb
    searchTerms: [] //Optional array to allow broad queries to store according to search fields so individual searches are found in cache
    persistQueries: true, //Boolean to toggle the use of persistent queries, default to false - NOTE: if using, must also be enabled in client wrapper
    hashTableSize: 16, // Size of hash table for persistent queries, default to 16
    maxQueryDepth: 0, // Maximum depth of query, default to 0
    customIdentifier: ['__typename', '_id'], // keys to be used to idedntify and normalize object
    mutationTableMap: {}, //Object where keys are add mutation types and value is an array of affected tables (e.g. {addPlants: ['plants'], addMovie: ['movies']})

Creating the Wrapper

import { ObsidianWrapper } from '';

const App = () => {
  return (
      <MovieApp />

Selecting options for the Wrapper

  useCache={true} // Boolean indicating whether to use client-side cache, default to true
  algo='LRU' // String indicating cache policy to use for client-side cache, default to LFU. OTHER OPTIONS: W-Tiny-LFU, LRU
  capacity='5000' // String indicating numeric capacity of cache, default to 2000
  persistQueries={true} // Boolean indicating wheter to use persistent queries, default to false
  searchTerms={['title', 'director', 'genre']} // Optional parameter to set search terms of the data
  <MovieApp />

Making a Query

import { useObsidian } from '';

const MovieApp = () => {
  const { query } = useObsidian();
  const [movies, setMovies] = (React as any).useState('');

  const queryStr = `query {
      movies {

  return (
      onClick={() => {
        .then(resp => setMovies(
    >Get Movies</button>

Making a Mutation

import { useObsidian } from '';

const MovieApp = () => {
  const { mutate } = useObsidian();
  const [movies, setMovies] = (React as any).useState('');

  const queryStr = `mutation {
    addMovie(input: {title: "Cruel Intentions", releaseYear: 1999, genre: "DRAMA" }) {

  return (
      onClick={() => {
        .then(resp => setMovies(
    >Get Movies</button>

Setting up Redis

In order to utilize server side caching, a Redis instance must be available and running. Redis installation and quick-start documentation can be found here. Make sure to keep a redis instance running whenever the application is utilizing server side caching to avoid running into issues.

To connect Obsidian to Redis, create a .env file in the root directory of the application with the following information:

REDIS_HOST= //string of redis host name, typically defaulted to '' by Redis

Be sure to also specify the Redis TCP port by passing in the port number as an argument into Obsidian Router (see Selecting options for the Router above).


Developer Tool

Information and instructions on how to use our developer tool can be found here
works with Obsidian 8.0

Obsidian 8.0 Demo

Github for a demo with some example code to play with:

Features In Progress

  • Server-side caching improvements
  • More comprehensive mutation support
  • searchTerms option optimization
  • Ability to store/read only the whole query
  • Hill Climber optimization for W-TinyLFU cache size allocation
  • Developer Tool server-side cache integration
  • Developer Tool View Cache component, and Playground component


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