Apollo and Redux Tools

This set of helpers facilitates the use of GraphQL and Apollo with your React/Redux application.

It allows you to:

  1. Define queries and mutations using object notation for better code clarity
  2. Copy query results to redux store for easier optimistic callbacks
  3. Use higer order elements to display messages based on query easier


The server functionality has been moved to: apollo-modules


Client helpers exists in the apollo-mantra module and focus on easy integration of apollo in redux projects.

Following is a list of helpers:

Query and Mutation Helpers

These helpers provide a possibility to define queries and mutations in object format, which facilitates the code readibility. Following is the structure of the query.

interface IQuery {
  query: string;
  variables?: Object;
  pollInterval: number; // watch query only
  returnPartialData: boolean;  // watch query only
  forceFetch: boolean;
  optimisticCallback?: (dispatch: Function, state: () => any) => void;
  thenCallback?: (data: any, dispatch: Function, state: () => any) => void;
  errorCallback?: (errors: any, dispatch: Function, state: () => any) => void;
  catchCallback?: (error: any, dispatch: Function, state: () => any) => void;
  finalCallback?: (dispatch: Function, state: () => any) => void;
  1. query(query: IQuery): void create query using object definition
  2. watchQuery(query: IQuery): void create watch query using object definiton and return an observer
  3. mutation(query: IQuery): void create mutation using object definition

The query returns an action that should be dispatched via redux store, watchQuery returns an observer.

Application Helpers

  1. createApp(context: any, options: IOptions): any create a new apollo based application and expose context into all redux and apollo function calls

Container Helpers

  1. connect<T>(funcs: IConnectFunctions): (component: any) => React.StatelessComponent<T> use as standard redux or apollo connect function, but all realted functions will now have application context as their first parameter:
    1. mapStateToProps(context: any, state: any, ownProps: any): void
    2. mapDispatchToProps(context: any, dispatch: any, ownProps: any): void
    3. mergeProps(context: any, state: any, ownProps: any): void
    4. mapQueriesToProps(context: any, props: any): void
    5. mapMutationsToProps(context: any, props: any): void
  2. loadingContainer(component: any, keys?: string[]): any higher order component that shows a loading control while queries are loading
  3. loadingContainer(component: any, loading?: any, keys?: string[]): any higher order component that shows a loading control while queries are loading
  4. queriesFinished(state: IApolloState): boolean decides whether all queries currently finished loading

Reducer Helpers

Please see the reducer example.

  1. copyQuery(state: Object, stateKey: string, queryResult: Object[], queryKey?: string, overwrite?: boolean): Object copies a query result into the store
  2. isQuery(action: any, queryName: string): boolean checks whether a given action represent a query call with a given name
  3. getQuery<T>(action: any): string obtains a result of a query with a specified name
  4. isMutation(action: any, queryName: string): boolean checks whether a given action represent a query call with a given name
  5. getMutation<T>(action: any): string obtains a result of a mutation with a specified name


List of examples of common uses of our helpers


This is how you can copy apollo query results to the store.

import { getQuery, copyQuery } from 'apollo-mantra';
import update from 'react-addons-update';

export interface IMarkingState {
  showMarked: boolean;
  showPending: boolean;
  solutions: Cs.Entities.ISolution[];
  current: { [index: string]: Cs.Entities.ISolution };

export default function reducer(state: IMarkingState = { showMarked: false, showPending: false, solutions: [], practical: {}, current: null }, action: any) {

  // when we execute a specific query, we want to copy its values nto the store
  switch (getQuery(action)) {
    case 'practical':
      // the copy query will copy the query reult into the key 'practical' and add a new
      // field under its '_id'. e.g. practical.id1 = result
      return copyQuery(state, 'practicals', action.result.data.practical, '_id');
    case 'markingSolutions':
      // we want to merge results with what is currently in the store
      const res = action.result.data.markingSolutions;
      const eliminateDuplicates = (s: Cs.Entities.ISolution) => !res.find((r: Cs.Entities.ISolution) => r._id === s._id);

      if (res && res.length) {
        let output = res.concat(state.solutions.filter(eliminateDuplicates));
        return update(state, { solutions: { $set: output } });
      return state;

  switch (action.type) {
    // other reducer stuff
  return state;

Calling a query or a mutation

const mutation = mutation({
  query: `mutation requestResetPassword($email: String!) {
    requestResetPassword(email: $email)
  variables: {
  errorCallback: (err) => {
    if (err.message === 'User not found [403]') {
    } else {
    if (callback) { callback(); }
  thenCallback: (data: any) => {
    if (callback) { callback(); }


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