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From previously working on a large GraphQL codebase, the boilerplate involved with shipping new features often slowed me down.


gqless is a fundamentally new approach to a GraphQL client. It makes using your API enjoyable, by generating queries at runtime based upon the data your app consumes.

Your app#

const App = () => {
const query = useQuery();
return (
Hello {}!
{query.users({ limit: 10 }).map((user) => (
<User key={ || 0} user={user} />

Generated query#

query {
me {
users(limit: 10) {


I wanted a GraphQL client that lets you forget you're using GraphQL, whilst tackling some issues shared across all existing GraphQL clients:

  • Slow Typescript DX. Typescript should speed up your workflow, not slow it down
  • Inefficient queries, due to underutilized nesting. Relay is a solution, but has even more boilerplate ๐Ÿ˜ข

Workflow comparison#

Lets say you've just added a new field to your API, and want it displayed within multiple places in the UI:

type User {
username: String!
+ avatarUrl(size: Int!): String!

Conventional client#

First you'd need to search your components, and identify which queries need updating. After referring to your browser for documentation, you'd then update the query

query UserProfile(avatarSize: Int!) {
user {
+ avatarUrl(size: $avatarSize)

Typically you'd then run a type generator to create types for each query (changes may not be reflected in IDE straight away).

Finally you'd do the task you set out to do - updating the components,

const UserProfile = ({ id }) => {
const { data } = useQuery(
query UserProfile($username: ID!, $avatarSize: Int!) {
user(username: $id) {
avatarUrl(size: $avatarSize)
variables: { id, avatarSize: 100 },
return <img src={data.user.avatarUrl} />;

With GQless#

Just update your components, and the queries generated at runtime will reflect your changes.

const UserProfile = ({ id }) => {
const query = useQuery();
return <img src={query.user({ id }).avatarUrl({ size: 100 })} />;
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