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Package vscode-graphql

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GraphQL extension for VSCode built with the aim to tightly integrate the GraphQL Ecosystem with VSCode for an awesome developer experience.

General features

Operation Execution will be re-introduced in a new extension

  • Load the extension on detecting graphql-config file at root level or in a parent level directory
  • Load the extension in .graphql, .gql files
  • Load the extension detecting gql tag in js, ts, jsx, tsx, vue files
  • Load the extension inside gql/graphql fenced code blocks in markdown files
  • NO LONGER SUPPORTED - execute query/mutation/subscription operations, embedded or in graphql files - we will be recommending other extensions for this.
  • pre-load schema and document definitions
  • Support graphql-config files with one project and multiple projects (multi-workspace roots with multiple graphql config files not yet supported)
  • the language service re-starts on saved changes to vscode settings and/or graphql config!

.graphql, .gql file extension support

  • syntax highlighting (type, query, mutation, interface, union, enum, scalar, fragments, directives)
  • autocomplete suggestions
  • validation against schema
  • snippets (interface, type, input, enum, union)
  • hover support
  • go to definition support (input, enum, type)
  • outline support

gql/graphql tagged template literal support for tsx, jsx, ts, js

  • syntax highlighting (type, query, mutation, interface, union, enum, scalar, fragments, directives)
  • autocomplete suggestions
  • validation against schema
  • snippets
  • hover support
  • go to definition for fragments and input types
  • outline support


This extension requires a graphql-config file.

Install the VSCode GraphQL Extension.

(Watchman is no longer required, you can uninstall it now)

As of vscode-graphql@0.3.0 we support graphql-config@3. You can read more about that here. Because it now uses cosmiconfig there are plenty of new options for loading config files:

.graphqlrc (YAML or JSON)
graphql property in package.json

the file needs to be placed at the project root by default, but you can configure paths per project. see the FAQ below for details.

Previous versions of this extension support graphql-config@2 format, which follows legacy configuration patterns

If you need legacy support for .graphqlconfig files or older graphql-config formats, see this FAQ answer. If you are missing legacy graphql-config features, please consult the graphql-config repository.

To support language features like "go-to definition" across multiple files, please include documents key in the graphql-config file default or per-project (this was include in 2.0).

Configuration Examples

For more help with configuring the language server, the language server readme is the source of truth for all settings used by all editors which use the language server.

Simple Example

# .graphqlrc.yml
schema: 'schema.graphql'
documents: 'src/**/*.{graphql,js,ts,jsx,tsx}'

Advanced Example

// graphql.config.js
module.exports = {
  projects: {
    app: {
      schema: ['src/schema.graphql', 'directives.graphql'],
      documents: ['**/*.{graphql,js,ts,jsx,tsx}', 'my/fragments.graphql'],
    db: {
      schema: 'src/generated/db.graphql',
      documents: ['src/db/**/*.graphql', 'my/fragments.graphql'],
      extensions: {
        codegen: [
            generator: 'graphql-binding',
            language: 'typescript',
            output: {
              binding: 'src/generated/db.ts',

Notice that documents key supports glob pattern and hence ["**/*.graphql"] is also valid.

Frequently Asked Questions

I can't load .graphqlconfig files anymore

Note: this option has been set to be enabled by default, however graphql-config maintainers do not want to continue to support the legacy format (mostly kept for companies where intellij users are stuck on the old config format), so please migrate to the new graphql-config format as soon as possible!

If you need to use a legacy config file, then you just need to enable legacy mode for graphql-config:

"graphql-config.load.legacy": true

Go to definition is not working for my URL

You can try the new experimental cacheSchemaFileForLookup option. NOTE: this will disable all definition lookup for local SDL graphql schema files, and only perform lookup of the result an SDL result of graphql-config getSchema()

To enable, add this to your settings:

"vscode-graphql.cacheSchemaFileForLookup": true,

you can also use graphql config if you need to mix and match these settings:

schema: 'http://myschema.com/graphql'
    cacheSchemaFileForLookup: true
    schema: 'project1/schema/schema.graphql'
    documents: 'project1/queries/**/*.{graphql,tsx,jsx,ts,js}'
        cacheSchemaFileForLookup: false

    schema: 'https://api.spacex.land/graphql/'
    documents: 'project2/queries.graphql'
          url: 'https://api.spacex.land/graphql/'
        # Do project configs inherit parent config?
        cacheSchemaFileForLookup: true

The extension fails with errors about duplicate types

Make sure that you aren't including schema files in the documents blob

The extension fails with errors about missing scalars, directives, etc

Make sure that your schema pointers refer to a complete schema!

In JSX and TSX files I see completion items I don't need

The way vscode lets you filter these out is on the user end

So you'll need to add something like this to your global vscode settings:

"[typescriptreact]": {
  "editor.suggest.filteredTypes": {
    "snippet": false
"[javascriptreact]": {
  "editor.suggest.filteredTypes": {
    "snippet": false

My graphql config file is not at the root

Good news, we have configs for this now!

You can search a folder for any of the matching config file names listed above:

"graphql-config.load.rootDir": "./config"

Or a specific filepath:

"graphql-config.load.filePath": "./config/my-graphql-config.js"

Or a different configName that allows different formats:

"graphql-config.load.rootDir": "./config",
"graphql-config.load.configName": "acme"

which would search for ./config/.acmerc, .config/.acmerc.js, .config/acme.config.json, etc matching the config paths above

If you have multiple projects, you need to define one top-level config that defines all project configs using projects

How do I highlight an embedded graphql string?

If you aren't using a template tag function such as gql or graphql, and just want to use a plain string, you can use an inline #graphql comment:

const myQuery = `#graphql
  query {


const myQuery =
  /* GraphQL */

    query {

Known Issues

  • the output channel occasionally shows "definition not found" when you first start the language service, but once the definition cache is built for each project, definition lookup will work. so if a "peek definition" fails when you first start the editor or when you first install the extension, just try the definition lookup again.


Thanks to apollo for their graphql-vscode grammars! We have borrowed from these on several occasions. If you are looking for the most replete set of vscode grammars for writing your own extension, look no further!


This plugin uses the GraphQL language server

  1. Clone the repository - https://github.com/graphql/graphiql
  2. yarn
  3. Run "VScode Extension" launcher in vscode
  4. This will open another VSCode instance with extension enabled
  5. Open a project with a graphql config file - ":electric_plug: graphql" in VSCode status bar indicates that the extension is in use
  6. Logs for GraphQL language service will appear in output section under GraphQL Language Service

Contributing back to this project

This repository is managed by EasyCLA. Project participants must sign the free (GraphQL Specification Membership agreement before making a contribution. You only need to do this one time, and it can be signed by individual contributors or their employers.

To initiate the signature process please open a PR against this repo. The EasyCLA bot will block the merge if we still need a membership agreement from you.

You can find detailed information here. If you have issues, please email operations@graphql.org.

If your company benefits from GraphQL and you would like to provide essential financial support for the systems and people that power our community, please also consider membership in the GraphQL Foundation.






  • activate(context: ExtensionContext): Promise<void>

Const createStatusBar

  • createStatusBar(): StatusBarItem


  • deactivate(): undefined | Promise<void>


  • initStatusBar(statusBarItem: StatusBarItem, client: LanguageClient, editor: TextEditor | undefined): void

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