💥A sophisticated Apollo in React and Express boilerplate project.
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A full-fledged Apollo Server 2 with Apollo Client 2 starter project with React, Express and PostgreSQL.

GraphQL Server Tutorial


  • React (create-react-app) with Apollo Client 2
    • Queries, Mutations, Subscriptions
  • Node.js with Express and Apollo Server 2
    • cursor-based Pagination
  • PostgreSQL Database with Sequelize
    • entities: users, messages
  • Authentication
    • powered by JWT and local storage
    • Sign Up, Sign In, Sign Out
  • Authorization
    • protected endpoint (e.g. verify valid session)
    • protected resolvers (e.g. e.g. session-based, role-based)
    • protected routes (e.g. session-based, role-based)
  • performance optimizations
    • example of using Facebook's dataloader
  • E2E testing


  • git clone git@github.com:rwieruch/fullstack-apollo-react-express-boilerplate-project.git
  • cd fullstack-apollo-react-express-boilerplate-project


  • cd client
  • npm install
  • npm start
  • visit http://localhost:3000


  • cd server
  • touch .env
  • npm install
  • fill out .env file (see below)
  • npm start
  • optional visit http://localhost:8000 for GraphQL playground

.env file

Since this boilerplate project is using PostgreSQL, you have to install it for your machine and get a database up and running. You find everything for the set up over here: Setup PostgreSQL with Sequelize in Express Tutorial. After you have created a database and a database user, you can fill out the environment variables in the server/.env file.



The SECRET is just a random string for your authentication. Keep all these information secure by adding the .env file to your .gitignore file. No third-party should have access to this information.


  • adjust test-server npm script with TEST_DATABASE environment variable in package.json to match your testing database name
    • to match it from package.json: createdb mytestdatabase with psql
  • one terminal: npm run test-server
  • second terminal: npm run test

Want to learn more about React + GraphQL + Apollo?