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GraphQL Codegen adds new Apollo-Android and Java plugins

Dotan Simha

As you probably already know, GraphQL Code Generator has become the most popular GraphQL code generation tool in the community.

We constantly improve the underlying tools and also create more generators and plugins.

One thing that some people often miss about GraphQL Code Generator, is that its programming language agnostic.

We have many plugins from the community to generate different language outputs like C#, ReasonML, Dart and others.

But today we want to announce something new — we now have 2 new official plugins for Java.

A Apollo-Android generator and a Java backend resolvers signature generator.

We've created those plugins because we needed them for some of our clients' production applications and the current tools in the ecosystem that are currently out there weren't sufficient enough for us.


The new plugin allows you to generate Java code if your project is using Apollo-Android.

It includes a query builder and a response builders (for converting the network response into a type-safe classes), and it integrates with Apollo-Android runtime.

The goal of the generated code is to let you use your GraphQL operations (query, mutation, subscription and fragment) without the need to convert JSONs or deal with HTTP requests — you just need to write your operations, run the codegen and you'll get ready-to-use Java classes.

The reason we decided to implement our own plugin was because now that we need to use it in large production apps, the current tools in the ecosystem weren't sufficient enough for us.

We also think this is a good opportunity for the community to iterate faster because of all the awesome capabilities the generator already has.

Using the GraphQL Code Generator infrastructure, we make sure that customization of the generated code will be much easier, and fixing bugs and adding features will be simpler and faster.

It also makes it much easier to load your schema from everywhere (either from a url, local file, introspection, or directly from code files containing strings), customize your GraphQL Scalars and map them to Java types, customize the names of the generated classes, the output path and more.

The new plugin will be available today in beta using the following tag — 1.2.2-beta.01.

How to Try It Now?

Next week we are also planning to make it easier to integrate the plugin by building a Gradle plugin that wraps the execution of the Codegen, and integrates it with the Java ecosystem.

On the stable release this Gradle plugin will be available, but for now, if you wish to try it now, you'll need to configure it manually.

Because the current GraphQL Code Generator package is released on NPM, you'll need to create a simple package.json file with the following content:

  "name": "java-app",
  "scripts": {
    "postinstall": "graphql-codegen"
  "dependencies": {
    "graphql": "15.0.0",
    "@graphql-codegen/cli": "1.14.0",
    "@graphql-codegen/java-apollo-android": "1.14.0"

Next, create the codegen.yml config file with the following content:

schema: 'schema.graphql'
documents: './src/main/**/*.graphql'
    preset: 'java-apollo-android'
      package: ''
      - 'java-apollo-android'

You can use your GraphQL endpoint if your schema is not available locally.

Next, you need to configure your Gradle build configuration by adding the following dependency to your build.gradle:

plugins {
  id "com.moowork.node" version "1.3.1"

Also, add a build step:

build.dependsOn yarn

Now, when you'll run your Gradle build, it will make sure to download the Codegen and it's plugins, and will generate the Java classes for you.

The usage of the generated code is the same you had before, just follow the instructions of Apollo-Android runtime.

Java Backend Resolver Plugin

The other plugin generates resolvers signature, that allow you to integrate your Java models classes to the generated signature, so you'll get a type-safe implementation of your resolvers.

It's based on graphql-java and compatible with its implementation for DataFetchers.

Follow the instructions above, but use this package.json:

  "name": "java-app",
  "scripts": {
    "postinstall": "graphql-codegen"
  "dependencies": {
    "graphql": "15.0.0",
    "@graphql-codegen/cli": "1.14.0",
    "@graphql-codegen/java-resolvers": "1.14.0"

Then, for the following schema:

type Query {
  me: User!
interface Node {
  id: ID!
type User implements Node {
  id: ID!
  username: String!
  email: String!
  name: String
type Chat implements Node {
  id: ID!
  users: [User!]!
  title: String
union SearchResult = Chat | User

And the following codegen.yml configuration, that maps your GraphQ types into your Java models:

schema: 'src/app/resources/schema.graphql'
      - java-resolvers
        User: 'com.myapp.models.UserModel#UserModel'
        Chat: 'com.myapp.models.ChatModel#ChatModel'
        Node: 'com.myapp.models.BaseModel#BaseModel'

You'll get a complete type-safe resolvers signature:

import com.myapp.models.UserModel;
import com.myapp.models.ChatModel;
import com.myapp.models.BaseModel;
import graphql.schema.TypeResolver;
import graphql.schema.DataFetcher;
public class Resolvers {
  public interface Chat {
    public DataFetcher<Object> id();
    public DataFetcher<Iterable<UserModel>> users();
    public DataFetcher<String> title();
  public interface Node extends TypeResolver {
    default public DataFetcher<Object> id() { return null; }
  public interface Query {
    public DataFetcher<UserModel> me();
    public DataFetcher<Iterable<ChatModel>> chats();
    public DataFetcher<Iterable<Object>> search();
  public interface SearchResult extends TypeResolver {}
  public interface User {
    public DataFetcher<Object> id();
    public DataFetcher<String> username();
    public DataFetcher<String> email();
    public DataFetcher<String> name();

Now you can use it as base interface for your DataFetcher implementation, and get a type-safe resolvers!

What's Next?

We are getting close to a stable release for those plugins and want your opinions on them.

As mentioned, the stable release will also include a Gradle plugin to make it easier to integrate the Codegen with the Java ecosystem.

Please try it out today, and send us a feedback. Our goal is to make this plugin easy to use, and easy to customize, and you would see how quickly we manage, respond and solve issues on our open source tools, which is something we are very proud of.

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