Setting up Apollo Server with Hapi

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This is the Hapi integration of Apollo Server. Apollo Server is a community-maintained open-source Apollo Server that works with many Node.js HTTP server frameworks. Read the docs. Read the CHANGELOG.

npm install apollo-server-hapi@rc


The code below requires Hapi 17 or higher.

const { ApolloServer, gql } = require('apollo-server-hapi');
const Hapi = require('hapi');

async function StartServer() {
  const server = new ApolloServer({ typeDefs, resolvers });

  const app = new Hapi.server({
    port: 4000

  await server.applyMiddleware({

  await server.installSubscriptionHandlers(app.listener);

  await app.start();

StartServer().catch(error => console.log(error));


The context is created for each request. The following code snippet shows the creation of a context. The arguments are the request, the request, and h, the response toolkit.

new ApolloServer({
  context: async ({ request, h }) => {
    return { ... };


Apollo Server is built with the following principles in mind:

  • By the community, for the community: Apollo Server’s development is driven by the needs of developers
  • Simplicity: by keeping things simple, Apollo Server is easier to use, easier to contribute to, and more secure
  • Performance: Apollo Server is well-tested and production-ready - no modifications needed

Anyone is welcome to contribute to Apollo Server, just read CONTRIBUTING.md, take a look at the roadmap and make your first PR!

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