This quickstart guide will show you how to use WunderGraph with Expo using our SWR client.
Creating a new WunderGraph project with Expo
We'll use the Expo example to get started. This example is a basic Expo application that uses WunderGraph to fetch data from the SpaceX GraphQL API .
WunderGraph will now do some code generation and start the WunderNode and the Expo dev server. Run the IOS or Android simulator to see the app in action. The app will show the 2 dragons from the SpaceX API.
To make sure WunderGraph can be used in Expo, we need to configure Metro with the WunderGraph Metro config.
metro.config.js and add the following code:
WunderGraph lives in the
.wundergraph directory by default. This is where you can configure your WunderGraph application and write your operations.
Let's take a look at the default configuration open
You can see that we have a single API configured, which is the SpaceX GraphQL API .
The API is introspected and added to the WunderGraph virtual graph, as you can see here:
The difference between this configuration and the one in the 1-minute quickstart is the addition of the TypeScript client to the code generators. This will generate the typesafe client that we need to set up SWR.
src/lib/wundergraph.ts, you will see the following code:
We initate the WunderGraph client and create the SWR hooks that we will use in our application.
Now let's take a look at the operations.
Operations are written in the
.wundergraph/operations directory. They can be written in Graphql or TypeScript. Let's check out the Dragons operation, open
This simply fetches the name and active status of all the SpaceX dragons, we can run this operation in Expo by using the SWR hooks.
Calling the operation in Expo
App.tsx, there you will find the following code:
The operation name is the name of the file in the operations directory, without the extension. The
useQuery hook will return the result of the operation.
Let's modify the Dragons operation and add a limit parameter and return extra fields. Open
.wundergraph/operations/Dragons.graphql and change it to:
The WunderGraph server will automatically pick up on the changes and re-generate the types. Go back to
pages/index.tsx and you will see that the
Dragons operation now has a required
limit input parameter.
R to restart the app, you will now see that only 1 dragon is rendered.
WunderGraph allows you to write your operation using TypeScript. TypeScript Operations are a great way to use WunderGraph as a fully featured backend framework. Let's find out how to write a TypeScript operation.
This operation will return a user with the given id. We simply return a plain object here, but you can also return a database model or any other data type. We're using Zod to create the input schema, this will make sure that the input is validated before it reaches the handler.
You can call TypeScript operations just like Graphql operations, fully type safe. Note that the operation name is
users/get, this is the path to the operation file, without the extension. We use filebased routing for operations, this allows you to keep your operations organized.
Wunderbar! You've added your first Graphql API to Expo. Next up you might want to add a database, authentication and support uploads in your app.
Learn more advanced topics in our guides and get comfortable with WunderGraph.
Have a look at other examples we provide, to get a better understanding of WunderGraph.
Want to know more about WunderGraph?
If you're not yet sure what kind of problems WunderGraph can solve for you, check out the different use cases we support, and the different features we provide. You might also be interested to learn more about the architecture of WunderGraph. If you haven't read our Manifesto yet, it's a great way to better understand what we're working on and why.
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