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The Apollo CLI

The Apollo CLI provides useful commands for interacting with every component of the Apollo platform, including Apollo Client, Apollo Server, and Apollo Studio.

Download and install

The Apollo CLI is available as an npm package.

If your project uses npm, we recommend installing the Apollo CLI locally by adding it to your project's devDependencies, like so:

npm install -D apollo

This helps make sure that all of your project's collaborators have the same version of the CLI installed.

Global installation

You can install the CLI globally in your development environment with the following command:

npm install -g apollo

Provide an API key

Like all other tools, the Apollo CLI requires an API key to communicate with Apollo Studio. For each of your projects, obtain a graph API key for the project's associated graph, and set that key as the value of APOLLO_KEY in your application's .env file:


Alternatively, you can provide an API key to individual CLI commands with the --key option:

apollo client:check --graph=MyGraph --key=service:docs-example-graph:NYKgCqwfCyYPIm84WVXCdw

Supported commands

Most of the Apollo CLI's commands are in the following namespaces:

  • client (such as apollo client:codegen) for interactions involving Apollo Client and Apollo Studio
  • service (such as apollo service:check) for interactions involving Apollo Server and Apollo Studio

For a full list of commands in a particular namespace, use the apollo help command:

Omit npx from the example commands below if you installed the Apollo CLI globally.

$ npx apollo help client
Check a client project against a pushed service

  $ apollo client:COMMAND

  client:check            Check a client project against a pushed service
  client:codegen          Generate static types for GraphQL queries. Can use the
                          published schema in the Apollo registry or a
                          downloaded schema.
  client:download-schema  Download a schema from Apollo or a GraphQL endpoint in
                          JSON or SDL format
  client:extract          Extract queries from a client
  client:push             Register operations with Apollo, adding them to the

You can also obtain the full set of options for an individual command like so:

$ npx apollo help client:codegen
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