How To integrate graphQL with React native and react native navigation.

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For me , it was one of the most time consuming task as a beginner. There was no proper article related to integrating react-native, react-navigation and Apollo Client.

Installing the packages:

Create a react-native project .

react-native init ProjectName

Install Package react-navigation and apollo-client

Don't use apollo-boost package , it will give error.

npm i -S react-navigation apollo-client apollo-cache-inmemory apollo-link-http graphql graphql-tag react-apollo

Configuring

  1. React-navigation
import { createStackNavigator, createDrawerNavigator, createAppContainer } from ‘react-navigation’;
import HomeScreen from ‘./screens/HomeScreen’
import GoalScreen from ‘./screens/Goals/Goals’;
const MainNavigator = createDrawerNavigator({
  Home: {
    screen: HomeScreen ,// HomeScreen Component
     path: 'auth/:token'
  },
  Goals: {
    screen: GoalScreen,// GoalScreen Component
    path: 'goals/:id'
  }

}, {
    initialRouteName: “Goals”,
  })

const App = createAppContainer(MainNavigator)
  1. Apollo-client

HomeScreen.js

import { ApolloProvider } from 'react-apollo'
import ApolloClient from 'apollo-client';
import { InMemoryCache } from 'apollo-cache-inmemory';
import { HttpLink } from 'apollo-link-http';
import MainNavigator from './MainNavigator'

const withProvider = (Component,navigationOptions)=>{
 const cache = new InMemoryCache();
 const link = new HttpLink({
          uri: 'http://myurl.com',
        })
 const client = new ApolloClient({
          link,
          cache,
          defaultOptions
        });
return class extends React.Component {
    static navigationOptions = navigationOptions;
    render(){
        return(
            <ApolloProvider client={client}>
                <Component props={this.props} client={client}/>
            </ApolloProvider>
            )
        }
    }
}
const GoalScreen = createStackNavigator({
  Goals: {
    screen: MainNavigator,// Component nested inside Goals 
    }
})

export default Goals = withProvider(createAppContainer((GoalScreen)),
    {
        header:"Goals"
    }
);

I have passed client to the component. Now we can use this client props to fire query and mutations. For eg:

    this.props.client.query({
        query:MY_QUERY,
        variables:{name:value}
    })
    this.props.client.mutate({
        mutation:MY_MUTATION,
        variables:{name:value}
    })

This made my day. Using <Query/> for running graphQL queries was cumbersome.

My example react native app: PHGoals - Apps on Google Play I have made this app during maker festival 2.0. Do upvote on product hunt.

Stackoverflow link

Comments (1)

Vladimir Kostov's photo

Simple and on spot. Good job.