Graphqurl - curl like CLI for GraphQL

Tomek PoniatowiczTomek Poniatowicz

The amazing growth of GraphQL is drawing more and more developers every year. Its public release sparked the creation of a vast set of open-source libraries, tools and clients with a shared goal to make working with GraphQL an enjoyable experience. One of them is Graphqurl.


Graphqurl is a curl-like CLI for GraphQL that's developed and maintained by Hasura, a GraphQL-related company known for its graphql-engine & Hasura Cloud solution.

Its features include:

- CLI - a curl-like command-line interface for making GraphQL queries with autocomplete,

- Custom GraphiQL - allowing you to run a custom GraphiQL, where you can specify headers for your requests as well as run it locally against any given endpoint,

- Subscriptions support - Graphqurl supports GraphQL subscription over WebSockets.




gq https://my-graphql-endpoint/graphql \

 -H 'Authorization: Bearer <token>' \\

 -q 'query { table { column } }'


Execute the command without providing a query string

$ gq <endpoint> [-H header:value]

Enter the query, use TAB to auto-complete, Ctrl+Q to execute, Ctrl+C to cancel



Opening GraphiQL with a given endpoint which runs a custom GraphiQL where you can specify request's headers

gq <endpoint> -i


Subscriptions can be executed and the response is streamed on to standard output

gq <endpoint> \

   -q 'subscription { table { column } }'

Version 1.0

Recently a version 1.0 was released which introduced a couple of optimizations and improvements including:

- Reduced bundle size - previous CLI versions used Apollo client for making GraphQL queries & subscriptions which had a heavy impact on its bundle size, now Apollo was replaced by light-weight isomorphic HTTP clients which reduced the size by half!

- Custom GraphiQL - from version 1.0 custom graphiQL supports GraphiQL Explorer and GraphiQL Code Exporter.

If you want to read more about the project make sure to visit the Graphqurl GitHub repo.

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