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Quick Start
This is the documentation for the old GraphQL Yoga version 4. We recommend upgrading to the latest GraphQL Yoga version 5.

Migrate to GraphQL Yoga v5

Quick start

GraphQL Yoga is a batteries-included cross-platform GraphQL over HTTP spec-compliant (opens in a new tab) GraphQL server powered by Envelop (opens in a new tab) and GraphQL Tools (opens in a new tab) that runs anywhere; focused on easy setup, performance and great developer experience.


npm i graphql-yoga graphql


You will need to provide a schema to Yoga, there are many ways to assemble a GraphQL schema, here's just a few:

Use the createSchema function included in Yoga. It actually reuses the makeExecutableSchema from @graphql-tools/schema (opens in a new tab).

import { createSchema } from 'graphql-yoga'
export const schema = createSchema({
  typeDefs: /* GraphQL */ `
    type Query {
      hello: String
  resolvers: {
    Query: {
      hello: () => 'world'

Get the best developer experience!

GraphQL Code Generator and its server preset can help you build type-safe and scalable GraphQL servers.

Check out GraphQL Code Generator (opens in a new tab), then read how to set up GraphQL server with server preset (opens in a new tab).


After you have created a GraphQL schema, simply pass it in to Yoga and liftoff! 🚀

import { createServer } from 'node:http'
import { createYoga } from 'graphql-yoga'
import { schema } from './schema'
// Create a Yoga instance with a GraphQL schema.
const yoga = createYoga({ schema })
// Pass it into a server to hook into request handlers.
const server = createServer(yoga)
// Start the server and you're done!
server.listen(4000, () => {'Server is running on http://localhost:4000/graphql')

Visit http://localhost:4000/graphql (opens in a new tab) to see Yoga in action.