Notes for the following YouTube Series

Type-GraphQL Video 1

  1. Add initial dependencies:

    yarn add apollo-server-express express graphql reflect-metadata type-graphql
  2. Add Dev dependencies

    yarn add -D @types/express @types/graphql @types/node nodemon ts-node typescript
  3. @types/<package_name> is how we pull necessary typescript definitions for the libs we installed previously.

  4. Add a typescript.config to tell typescript how to compile our code.

Type-GraphQL Bootstrapping Guide

My annotated Video 1 index.js

import "reflect-metadata";
import {ApolloServer} from 'apollo-server-express';
import { buildSchema, Resolver, Query } from 'type-graphql';
import * as Express from 'express';

// @Resolver imported from type
class HelloResolver {
    @Query(() => String, {
        // the "name" option passed in overrides the "hello" name we give the query below.  Could also
        // just replace "hello" after async below.
        name: 'helloWorld',
        // allow for null to be returned
        nullable: true,
            "A resolver that returns 'Hello World!'. This will show up in the schema documentation visible in GraphQL Playground.",
        // there are more options but the ones shown
        // are the most commonly used.
    // hello will be overridden by "helloWorld" due to name option.
    async hello() {
        return 'Hello World!';
// instanciate server within a main function so we can use async/await
const main = async () => {
    // ApolloServer constructor requires a schema or type definitions.
    // that's where graphql comes in..
    const schema = await buildSchema({
        resolvers: [HelloResolver],
    const apolloServer = new ApolloServer({schema})

    // instantiate application
    const app = Express()
    // pass application to apolloServer via the
    // applyMiddleware function.
    // set server port to listen on.
    app.listen(4000, () => {

            Server Started on http://localhost:4000/graphql




In Order to start persisting data, we need a database.

We will use postgreSQL via TypeORM.

TypeORM plays nicely with typescript because they both use decorators and have type definitions.

Add additional dependencies

yarn add bcryptjs typeorm pg

Note, pg is postgresql

Also need types for bcryptjs

yarn add -D @types/bcryptjs

Add an ormconfig.json

  • this file defines how you connect to your database


  • port 5432 is postgres' default port
  • you need to create 'typegraphql-example' database. If you have postgres installed on your local machine, the following command should do it:

    createdb 'typegraphql-example'
  • "entities" key tells database. we use "src/entity/*.*" to tell it to use all the files it finds in the "entity" folder, not just .js or .ts.
  • "synchronize" add different tables to our database


    "name": "default",
    "type": "postgres",
    "host": "localhost",
    "port": 5432,
    "username": "postgres",
    "password": "postgres",
    "database": "typegraphql-example",
    "synchronize": true,
    "logging": true,
    "entities": ["src/entity/*.*"]

ormconfig.json will get consumed by createConnection() in the main() function of index.ts.

const main = async () => {
  import { createConnection } from 'typeorm'  
  // createConnection will read from ormconfig.json to make the connection to the database.
  await createConnection()

Create a User entity

pulling in User boilerplate from typeorm documentation

import {Entity, PrimaryGeneratedColumn, Column} from "typeorm";

export class User extends BaseEntity {

    id: number;

    firstName: string;

    lastName: string;

    password: boolean;

    @Column("text", {unique: true})
    email: boolean;


Note, when we 'extend BaseEntity' it allows us to use the .find() and .create() methods on User.

// and

Resolver File Location

We manage our resolver files as follows:

├── entity
│   └── User.ts
├── index.ts
└── modules
    └── user
        └── Register.ts

Here, the User entity's resolvers live in the modules/user folder and are labeled according to functionality.

Note, from this point forward, my notes will be added to the github repo.

Type-GraphQL Github Repo



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