Within a Hive project, you can create targets (which are equivalent to runtime environments) and manage different schemas across different contextual runtimes.
When it comes to the GraphQL schema, every target is considered standalone, and can have different states of the same schema, within the same GraphQL API project (just like different runtime environments).
When a new Hive project is created, default targets are created (
production). You can create more targets if needed, or remove the default ones if they are not in
From your Hive project page, you can see the list of targets created under the project. You can also use the New Target button to create a new target.
Conditional Breaking Changes is a concept that involves marking breaking changes in your GraphQL schemas as safe, based on real-life data and traffic reported to Hive. This is done through the Usage Reporting feature.
When a new schema of your GraphQL schema is published to the registry, Hive uses the data collected from your API gateway to identify whether the change in your schema actually affects consumers.
Under your target's Settings page, you can enable the Conditional Breaking Changes feature and configure the following settings:
You maybe choose to mark a breaking change as safe, if it effects some percentage of your traffic, in a specific time range.
Here are a few examples and their meaning:
- Traffic Threshold:
0%: A breaking change is considered as breaking and dangerous if the field was was used at least once.
- Traffic Threshold:
10%: A breaking change is considered as breaking and dangerous if the field was requested by more than 10% of all GraphQL operation.
The maximum duration is defined by the retention of your Hive plan.
Real-life data and traffic is collected from your API gateway can be annotated with specific
Client. In most cases, the Client matches a specific
User-Agent and reported through the
Hive agent. You can read more about this in the Usage Reporting
You many choose to exclude specific clients from the Conditional Breaking Changes if you wish to have more control over the process.
When a new schema is published to the registry, Hive checks the usage of the field in the current target. However, you may choose to also check the usage of the field in other targets.
This is useful if you wish to use the
production target as a reference for the usage of the field,
while checking the schemas of other targets, like
Hive allow you to have a pre-defined GraphQL schema that is automatically merged with your published schemas, before being checked and validated.
This feature is useful with some frameworks that defines internal GraphQL schemas, and doesn't include it while exporting the schema to a file.
If you are using Schema Stitching Directives (opens in a new tab), you probably want to the core directives as schema extensions, and avoid pushing it through every service.
You can find the complete definition of the Stitching Directives SDL in the documentation (opens in a new tab)
If you are using AWS AppSync (opens in a new tab)
AWS Amplify (opens in a new tab), you are probably familiar with the
GraphQL directives (
@aws_auth, etc.) (opens in a new tab)
that are used to define the GraphQL schema or models.
While building your GraphQL schema within the AWS AppSync console, you don't need to define those directives. However, when you try to publish your schema to Hive, you will notice that those directives are missing, and schema is marked with errors.
You can use the Schema Extensions feature to define a pre-defined schema that is automatically merged with your published schemas, before being checked and validated.
You can easily change the name of your targets in Hive by adjusting the settings of your target.
To do this, go to the Settings tab of your target, and use the Target Name form to rename your target.
Changing the name of your target will also change the slug of your target URL, and will invalidate any existing links to your target.
As the owner of an organization, you have the option to delete a target, including all targets, settings and all data collected during your use of Hive.
To delete an target, go to the Settings tab of your target, and use the Delete Target section.
Under a target's Settings page, you can manage two different types of tokens:
Registry Access Tokens are used to access to Hive Registry and perform actions on your targets/projects. In most cases, this token is used from the Hive CLI.
Under the Registry Access Tokens section, click the Generate new token button. Give your access token a either select a predefined preset for your token (under Simple view), or create a token with custom permissions (under Advanced view).
Click on Generate Token button and you should get your CLI token created, with permissions to publish GraphQL schemas.
Make sure to copy your token and keep it safe. You won't be able to see it again.
Note: You can create multiple tokens with different permissions for different use cases.
The Hive Cloud service leverages the CloudFlare Global Network (opens in a new tab) to deliver your GraphQL schema and schema metadata. This means that your schema will be available from the nearest location to your GraphQL gateway, with 100% uptime, regardless of Hive's status. This ensures that everything required for your GraphQL API is always available, and reduces the risk of depending on Hive as a single point of failure. You can read more about Hive's CDN here.
Managing your CDN Access Token is located under your target's Settings page.
Click on Create new CDN Token to create a new CDN token. Describe your token with an alias, and click Create.
In most cases, CDN Access Tokens are used directly from other tools, like a gateway, so please store this access token securely. You will not be able to see it again.
Why are Registry and CDN tokens different?
We use a separate, externally managed storage to manage CDN tokens to ensure high availability of your schemas. This approach ensures that your GraphQL schemas are fully secured and highly available. CDN tokens are read-only and can only fetch schemas from the CDN. They do not have permissions to perform any other action on your Hive organization.
In case of a security breach, you can revoke a CDN Access Token by clicking on the Revoke button in the list of CDN tokens.
Revoking CDN access token can take up to 5 minutes to update across the CDN network.