Express Graphql Boilerplate

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Express Graphql Boilerplate

Express GraphQL API with JWT Authentication and support for sqlite, mysql, and postgresql


The express-graphql-boilerplate is a GraphQL API template that supports JWT authentication and has built-in support for SQLite, MySQL, and PostgreSQL databases. It also includes support for graphiql, which is a tool for exploring and testing a GraphQL API. This boilerplate provides environments for development, testing, and production, and includes linting via eslint and integration tests with Jest. It is built using npm scripts and includes examples for User, Note, and nested GraphQL Queries.


  • Authentication via JWT: Provides authentication using JSON Web Tokens (JWT).
  • Database support: Supports SQLite, MySQL, and PostgreSQL databases.
  • Graphiql support: Includes support for graphiql, an easy way to explore and test a GraphQL API.
  • Environments: Provides separate environments for development, testing, and production.
  • Linting via eslint: Includes linting using eslint for code quality and consistency.
  • Integration tests with Jest: Includes integration tests running with Jest for testing the API.
  • Built with npm scripts: Utilizes npm scripts for build, run, and test commands.
  • Examples for User, Note, and nested GraphQL Queries: Includes example implementations for User, Note, and nested GraphQL Queries.


To install and use the express-graphql-boilerplate, follow these steps:

  1. Clone this repository to your local machine.
  2. Choose the desired database to use (SQLite, MySQL, or PostgreSQL).
  3. Set the appropriate database configuration in the config/database.js file.
  4. Install the required dependencies by running the command npm install.
  5. Start the server by running the command npm start.


The express-graphql-boilerplate is a comprehensive GraphQL API template that includes support for authentication, multiple databases, and testing. It also provides a user-friendly way to explore and test the API using graphiql. With its intuitive folder structure and examples for common entities, developers can quickly get started with building their own GraphQL API.


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