DEVELOPMENT by Pedro Resende

How to add Apollo GraphQL to Next.js

with TypeScript

Post by Pedro Resende on the 22 of May of 2021 at 10:28

Tags: next.jsgraphql

Today I've decided to integrate Apollo GraphQL with the Next.js API, instead of using the existing one in REST.

To begin our new project, let's start by creating a new Next.js project

npx create-next-app --typescript

after selecting the project name, which is the folder where your project is going to be created.

Need to install the following packages:


Ok to proceed? (y) y

✔ What is your project named? … my-app

Creating a new Next.js app in /Users/pedroresende/Projects/next-graphql/my-app.

Using npm.

Installing dependencies:

- react
- react-dom
- next

added 269 packages, and audited 270 packages in 5s

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found 0 vulnerabilities

Installing devDependencies:

- typescript
- @types/react

added 5 packages, and audited 275 packages in 1s

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found 0 vulnerabilities

Initialized a git repository.

Success! Created my-app at /Users/pedroresende/Projects/next-graphql/my-app
Inside that directory, you can run several commands:

  npm run dev
    Starts the development server.

  npm run build
    Builds the app for production.

  npm start
    Runs the built app in production mode.

We suggest that you begin by typing:

  cd my-app
  npm run dev

I decided to use the default project name, which is `my-app`.

Now, let install the apollo GraphQL server, by running

$ cd my-app

$ npm install apollo-server-micro --save

Now, let's add the file graphql.ts under pages/api/ with the following content

import { ApolloServer, gql } from "apollo-server-micro"

let book = {
  name: "The Hungarian Sausage",
  author: "Ben Grunfeld",

const typeDefs = gql`
  type Book {
    name: String
    author: String

  type Query {
    book: Book

  type Mutation {
    updateBook(name: String!, author: String!): Book

const resolvers = {
  Query: {
    book: () => book,

  Mutation: {
    updateBook: (root, args) => { = =
      return book

const server = new ApolloServer({ typeDefs, resolvers })

const handler = server.createHandler({ path: "/api/graphql" })

export const config = {
  api: {
    bodyParser: false,

export default handler

let's start next.js, by running

$ npm run dev

Now, open in a browser http://localhost:3000/api/graphql and you'll see the apollo GraphQL explorer.

Let's give it a try, to see if everything is working fine. On the query add the following GraphQL query

query {
  book {

press the play button and you should see the following response

  "data": {
    "book": {
      "name": "The Hungarian Sausage",
      "author": "Ben Grunfeld"

Now, let's try a mutation (update), on the query section, add

mutation {
  updateBook(name:"Test-Driven Development by Example", author:"Kent Beck" ) {

Press once again on the play button and the response should be

  "data": {
    "updateBook": {
      "name": "Test-Driven Development by Example",
      "author": "Kent Beck"

That's it.

The tutorial is available on Github.

What do you think about this tutorial?