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Client-side schema

Configure a client-side schema with Apollo Client

You can optionally set a client-side schema to be used with Apollo Client, through either the ApolloClient constructor typeDefs parameter, or the local state API setTypeDefs method. Your schema should be written in Schema Definition Language. This schema is not used for validation like it is on the server because the graphql-js modules for schema validation would dramatically increase your bundle size. Instead, your client-side schema is used for introspection in Apollo Client Devtools, where you can explore your schema in GraphiQL.

The following demonstrates how to configure a client-side schema through the ApolloClient constructor:

import { ApolloClient, InMemoryCache, gql } from '@apollo/client';

const typeDefs = gql`
  extend type Query {
    isLoggedIn: Boolean!
    cartItems: [Launch]!

  extend type Launch {
    isInCart: Boolean!

  extend type Mutation {
    addOrRemoveFromCart(id: ID!): [Launch]

const client = new ApolloClient({
  cache: new InMemoryCache(),
  uri: 'http://localhost:4000/graphql',

If you open up Apollo Client Devtools and click on the GraphiQL tab, you'll be able to explore your client schema in the "Docs" section. This example doesn't include a remote schema, but if it did, you would be able to see your local queries and mutations alongside your remote ones.

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