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Building Apollo Router from source

If we don't provide a prebuilt executable for your system or architecture, you can build the executable from source.

1. Install prerequisites

To compile Apollo Router binary on your machine, you need the following:

2. Clone the repository

From your preferred directory, run the following:

git clone
cd router
git submodule update --init --recursive

⚠️ The Apollo Router project uses submodules. Execute all of these commands to make sure your submodules are initialized and up to date!

3. Build and run the executable

From the repository's root directory (router), you can run the following command to build and run Apollo Router:

cargo run -- --supergraph ./examples/supergraph.graphql

You'll see output similar to the following:

   Compiling router-bridge v0.1.0 (
   Compiling apollo-router-core v0.1.0-prealpha.3 (/Users/ignition/projects/apollo/router/crates/apollo-router-core)
   Compiling apollo-router v0.1.0-prealpha.3 (/Users/ignition/projects/apollo/router/crates/apollo-router)
    Finished dev [unoptimized + debuginfo] target(s) in 5.38s
     Running `target/debug/router -p ./examples/hello-world`
Nov 02 17:08:09.926  INFO router: Starting Apollo Router
Nov 02 17:08:10.279  INFO router: Listening on 🚀

That's it! Visit localhost:4000 to open the Apollo Explorer Sandbox. You can inspect the entire example federated graph and run your first queries against Apollo Router!

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