GraphQL Playground

GraphQL IDE for better development workflows

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GraphQL IDE for better development workflows (GraphQL Subscriptions, interactive docs & collaboration).
You can download the desktop app or use the web version at Demo


$ brew cask install graphql-playground


  • Context-aware autocompletion & error highlighting
  • 📚 Interactive, multi-column docs (keyboard support)
  • ⚡️ Supports real-time GraphQL Subscriptions
  • ⚙ GraphQL Config support with multiple Projects & Endpoints
  • 🚥 Apollo Tracing support


How is this different from GraphiQL?

GraphQL Playground uses components of GraphiQL under the hood but is meant as a more powerful GraphQL IDE enabling better (local) development workflows. Compared to GraphiQL, the GraphQL Playground ships with the following additional features:

  • Interactive, multi-column schema documentation
  • Automatic schema reloading
  • Support for GraphQL Subscriptions
  • Query history
  • Configuration of HTTP headers
  • Tabs

See the following question for more additonal features.

What's the difference between the desktop app and the web version?

The desktop app is the same as the web version but includes these additional features:

  • Support for graphql-config enabling features like multi-environment setups.
  • Double click on *.graphql files.

How does GraphQL Bin work?

You can easily share your Playgrounds with others by clicking on the "Share" button and sharing the generated link. You can think about GraphQL Bin like Pastebin for your GraphQL queries including the context (endpoint, HTTP headers, open tabs etc).

You can also find the announcement blog post here.



All interfaces, the React component <Playground /> and all middlewares expose the same set of options:

  • properties
    • endpoint [string] - the GraphQL endpoint url.
    • subscriptionEndpoint [string] - the GraphQL subscriptions endpoint url.
    • setTitle [boolean] - reflect the current endpoint in the page title

As HTML Page

If you simply want to render the Playground HTML on your own, for example when implementing a GraphQL Server, there are 2 options for you:

  1. The bare minimum HTML needed to render the Playground
  2. The Playground HTML with full loading animation

As React Component


yarn add graphql-playground-react


GraphQL Playground provides a React component responsible for rendering the UI and Session management. There are 3 dependencies needed in order to run the graphql-playground-react React component.

  1. Open Sans and Source Code Pro fonts
  2. Including graphql-playground-react/playground.css
  3. Rendering the <Playground /> component

The GraphQL Playground requires React 16.

Including Fonts (1.)

<link href=",400,600,700|Source+Code+Pro:400,700" rel="stylesheet">

Including stylesheet and the component (2., 3.)

import React from 'react'
import ReactDOM from 'react-dom'
import Playground from 'graphql-playground-react'
import 'graphql-playground-react/playground.css'

  <Playground endpoint="" />,

As Server Middleware


# Pick the one that matches your server framework
yarn add graphql-playground-middleware-express  # for Express or Connect
yarn add graphql-playground-middleware-hapi
yarn add graphql-playground-middleware-koa
yarn add graphql-playground-middleware-lambda

Usage with example

We have a full example for each of the frameworks below:

As serverless handler


yarn add graphql-playground-middleware-lambda



import lambdaPlayground from 'graphql-playground-middleware-lambda'
// or using require()
// const lambdaPlayground = require('graphql-playground-middleware-lambda').default

exports.graphqlHandler = function graphqlHandler(event, context, callback) {
  function callbackFilter(error, output) {
    // eslint-disable-next-line no-param-reassign
    output.headers['Access-Control-Allow-Origin'] = '*'
    callback(error, output)

  const handler = graphqlLambda({ schema: myGraphQLSchema })
  return handler(event, context, callbackFilter)

exports.playgroundHandler = lambdaPlayground({
  endpoint: '/dev/graphql',


    handler: handler.graphqlHandler
    - http:
        path: graphql
        method: post
        cors: true
    handler: handler.playgroundHandler
    - http:
        path: playground
        method: get
        cors: true


$ cd packages/graphql-playground-react
$ yarn
$ yarn start

Open localhost:3000/localDev.html?endpoint= for local development!


This is repository is a "mono repo" and contains multiple packages using Yarn workspaces. Please be aware that versions are not synchronised between packages. The versions of the release page refer to the electron app.


In the folder packages you'll find the following packages:

  • graphql-playground-electron: Cross-platform electron app which uses graphql-playground-react
  • graphql-playground-html: Simple HTML page rendering a version of graphql-playground-react hosted on JSDeliver
  • graphql-playground-middleware-express: Express middleware using graphql-playground-html
  • graphql-playground-middleware-hapi: Hapi middleware using graphql-playground-html
  • graphql-playground-middleware-koa: Koa middleware using graphql-playground-html
  • graphql-playground-middleware-lambda: AWS Lambda middleware using graphql-playground-html
  • graphql-playground-react: Core of GraphQL Playground built with ReactJS

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