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Apollo vs GraphQL: What are the differences?

Apollo: GraphQL server for Express, Connect, Hapi, Koa and more. Build a universal GraphQL API on top of your existing REST APIs, so you can ship new application features fast without waiting on backend changes; GraphQL: A data query language and runtime. GraphQL is a data query language and runtime designed and used at Facebook to request and deliver data to mobile and web apps since 2012.

Apollo belongs to "Platform as a Service" category of the tech stack, while GraphQL can be primarily classified under "Query Languages".

"From the creators of Meteor" is the top reason why over 8 developers like Apollo, while over 61 developers mention "Schemas defined by the requests made by the user" as the leading cause for choosing GraphQL.

Apollo and GraphQL are both open source tools. It seems that GraphQL with 11.7K GitHub stars and 753 forks on GitHub has more adoption than Apollo with 7.55K GitHub stars and 940 GitHub forks.

Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are some of the popular companies that use GraphQL, whereas Apollo is used by CircleCI, Swat.io, and Flexport. GraphQL has a broader approval, being mentioned in 561 company stacks & 750 developers stacks; compared to Apollo, which is listed in 131 company stacks and 127 developer stacks.

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Pros of Apollo
Pros of GraphQL
  • 12
    From the creators of Meteor
  • 3
    Great documentation
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    Real time if use subscription
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    Open source
  • 69
    Schemas defined by the requests made by the user
  • 62
    Will replace RESTful interfaces
  • 59
    The future of API's
  • 47
    The future of databases
  • 12
    Self-documenting
  • 11
    Get many resources in a single request
  • 5
    Ask for what you need, get exactly that
  • 4
    Query Language
  • 3
    Evolve your API without versions
  • 3
    Fetch different resources in one request
  • 3
    Type system
  • 2
    GraphiQL
  • 2
    Ease of client creation
  • 2
    Easy setup
  • 1
    Good for apps that query at build time. (SSR/Gatsby)
  • 1
    Backed by Facebook
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    Easy to learn
  • 1
    "Open" document
  • 1
    Better versioning
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    Standard
  • 1
    1. Describe your data
  • 1
    Fast prototyping

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Cons of Apollo
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    • 3
      Hard to migrate from GraphQL to another technology
    • 3
      More code to type.
    • 1
      Works just like any other API at runtime
    • 1
      Takes longer to build compared to schemaless.

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    What is Apollo?

    Build a universal GraphQL API on top of your existing REST APIs, so you can ship new application features fast without waiting on backend changes.

    What is GraphQL?

    GraphQL is a data query language and runtime designed and used at Facebook to request and deliver data to mobile and web apps since 2012.

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