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What's new in GraphQL CLI 4.1

This article was published on Thursday, October 15, 2020 by Enda Phelan @ The Guild Blog

GraphQL CLI is your one-stop shop for developing full-stack GraphQL
applications in Node.js. With GraphQL CLI you can create and run a new GraphQL application in just a
few seconds! Just declare your GraphQL schema, and you can perform code generation, schema
validation, introspection and more through intuitive CLI commands.

GraphQL CLI aggregates multiple community projects giving developers the best getting started
experience. Tools included in the CLI are mature and developed over the years based on Guild's
experience in pushing production ready GraphQL solutions and also through collaboration with Red Hat
community projects.

This post covers a number of enhancements added in GraphQL CLI 4.1, which will further improve your
GraphQL development experience. Check out our previous post
GraphQL CLI is back! for a full overview of the library and its


All the templates are configured with Graphback, for both runtime and
generation purposes. Graphback 1.0 has recently been released, check out their blog post
Announcing the Release of Graphback 1.0
that goes into deeper details of Graphback's features and capabilities.

To generate your schema and documents with Graphback, run graphql generate from your application
root. See the generate command docs for a thorough explanation
of this command and usage guides.

Serve Command

The serve command is now powered by graphql-serve,
letting you start up an in-memory GraphQL server and playground in seconds - perfect for mocking and

$ graphql serve --port 4000 ./model/datamodel.graphql

Starting server...

Listening at: http://localhost:4000/graphql
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Check out the serve command docs for installation and usage guides!

Init Command Templates

The init command is your gateway to creating your new GraphQL application with GraphQL CLI. You
will be guided through some questions and after a few seconds a tailor-made starter application will
be created!

There are several improvements to all of our templates to make them cleaner and more
production-ready. Additionally, we had added two new starter templates: a plain MongoDB template and
a MongoDB template with out-of-the-box data synchronization support.

To start using these templates, use the init command:

graphql init
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Other Updates

We've built a new website to host the GraphQL CLI documentation! Check it out at

GraphQL CLI 4.1 has been updated to use the latest versions of
GraphQL Code Generator and
GraphQL Inspector, which are included as recommended, best practice
workflows for developing production-ready GraphQL applications.

Try It Out

Start using GraphQL CLI today to create your GraphQL application in just a few steps!

The easiest way to get started is to initialize your new application with npx:

npx graphql-cli init
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GraphQL CLI will guide you through some steps and in a few seconds your project will created and
ready to use. Happy coding!

As always, we want your feedback! We would love to hear your suggestions and ideas to help make
GraphQL CLI even better. Reach out to us through GitHub or
join our Discord community server.

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