Top 10 tools & extensions to pimp your GraphQL APIs

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The recent increase in popularity of GraphQL has created a niche for different complementary tools with one common idea – making GraphQL easier for more and more programmers to adopt by filling an implementation gap that is still a big problem.

Graph QL and standard REST interface are two contradictory approaches to pimp your API.

As big GraphQL technology fans, we have prepared you a list of top-notch tools to enhance your GraphQL APIs and we hope they will urge you to enter the amazing world of GraphQL.

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Top 10 tools & extensions for GraphQL API

1. GraphQL IDE

GraphQL IDE is an extensive IDE for exploring GraphQL API’s with tons of useful features like importing/exporting your projects, store queries, query history, custom headers and many more.


2. Visual GraphQL Editor

The GraphQL Editor makes it easy to understand the GraphQL schema. Create it by combining visual blocks and the editor will transform them into code! It also can provide your app with mock backend data to speed up the prototyping of your app, still in beta though.

Visual GraphQL Editor

3. GraphQL Docs

GraphQL Docs will generate simple static documentation for a GraphQL schema in seconds, giving you the ability to maintain private API documentation or make it publicly available.

GraphQL Docs

4. GraphCMS

A tool that allows you to define the GraphQL API. Create structures, relationships, powerful permissions and manage your content with ease, generally speaking, build a hosted GraphQL back-end for your web project along with tools to manage its content.


5. Apollo Launchpad

A tool that makes GraphQL code very accessible. Apollo Launchpad allows you to write an example of a GraphQL schema in JavaScript and create a GraphQL endpoint without a server.

Apollo Launchpad

6. GraphiQL

Easy-to-implement React-based IDE tool for testing and documenting GraphQL APIs. GraphiQL provides a graphical interface for your GraphQL API that takes queries and mutations to a new level.


7. Apollo GraphQL Platform

The Apollo GraphQL Platform brings together the a lot useful tools when it comes to building and operating a GraphQL API. The platform gives you access to tools, libraries, services or systems you need to do GraphQL the right way, incrementally, on top of your existing codebase and APIs.

Apollo GraphQL Platform

8. GraphQL Voyager

Now you can present your GraphQL API as an interactive chart. GraphQL Voyager allows you to visually explore your GraphQL API as an interactive chart. It is an excellent tool when planning or discussing your project’s data model.

 GraphQL Voyager

9. Tipe

Tipe allows you to create applications without the necessity of content management. Just create a GraphQL schema file and Tipe will deliver your API, content model and user interface editor. Use the Tipe to create local prototypes.


10. Swagger2GraphQL

Swagger2GraphQL is a very useful tool if you are planning to pivot into the GraphQL. Your Swagger schema will be moved to GraphQL types, where resolvers execute HTTP calls to specific endpoints. This allows you to move the API to GraphQL with almost zero effort and maintain both REST and GraphQL API.


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Published January 10, 2019