graphql-ws VS apollo-server

Compare graphql-ws vs apollo-server and see what are their differences.

graphql-ws

Coherent, zero-dependency, lazy, simple, GraphQL over WebSocket Protocol compliant server and client. (by enisdenjo)

apollo-server

🌍  Spec-compliant and production ready JavaScript GraphQL server that lets you develop in a schema-first way. Built for Express, Connect, Hapi, Koa, and more. (by apollographql)
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graphql-ws apollo-server
17 48
1,103 12,597
- 1.2%
9.0 9.7
7 days ago about 21 hours ago
TypeScript TypeScript
MIT License MIT License
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graphql-ws

Posts with mentions or reviews of graphql-ws. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-04-27.
  • GraphQL Subscriptions: Why we use SSE/Fetch over Websockets
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/graphql | 27 Apr 2022
    There is already a JavaScript implementation for server + client with support for multiplexing from the same maintainer of graphql-ws: graphql-sse
  • how it subscription work on the apollo server?
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/graphql | 26 Apr 2022
    Actually WebSocket is not the only protocol for executing GraphQL subscriptions. There is also a graphql-over-sse protocol, which is much more lightweight, and uses Server Sent Events. A popular implementation of it is the graphql-sse library, which is maintained by the same person as graphql-ws. The setup and API of both libraries is pretty similar.
  • Advice on using graphql-ws with Apollo/React
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/graphql | 25 Oct 2021
    That said, I feel so close to success that I can't quite give up. I am using graphql-ws as I understand this to be the new standard implementation of GraphQL Subscriptions. However, of course, Apollo subscriptions have not been updated to implement this. So, looking at the Recipes over on the graphql-ws documentation I have found the guide for using Apollo client. However as I am new to Apollo, it is using a lot of terms I am unfamiliar with.
  • GraphQL Subscriptions and Mikro-Orm in 2021
    2 projects | dev.to | 14 Oct 2021
    Okay but seriously, if you've fallen down the rabbit hole of Apollo docs pointing you towards one library (subscription-transport-ws) which then points you to another (graphql-ws) , and so on and so forth, then hopefully this helps pull you out.
  • How does a client know if the server managing its subscription goes offline? (Multiple instances)
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/graphql | 23 Sep 2021
    The most common protocol used today for subscriptions is the Apollo websocket protocol.
  • Graphql Subscriptions w/o apollo
    1 project | reddit.com/r/graphql | 15 Sep 2021
    GraphQL subscriptions are just web sockets. You can check graphql-ws package if you want something without Apollo dependency. Though I don't understand why you want to not depend on it in the first place.
  • GraphQL Tools V8 - Stitch Federation Services
    4 projects | dev.to | 29 Jul 2021
    New GraphQL-WS ✔️
  • Subscriptions and Live Queries - Real Time with GraphQL
    5 projects | dev.to | 29 Jul 2021
    The interesting thing is that we can use any transport for delivering the results to client. The most popular implementation (as mentioned before) is subscriptions-transport-ws. Unfortunately, since it is poorly maintained, the GraphQL Working Group came up with a new implementation over WebSockets, graphql-ws.
  • GraphQL over WebSockets
    9 projects | dev.to | 29 Jul 2021
    Okay, so, how do I use WebSockets to add support for the GraphQL subscription operation? Doing a basic Google search, you’d be faced with a single solution, namely subscriptions-transport-ws. Looking through the repository, checking recent comments, reading through the issues and open PRs - might have you notice the abundance of bugs and their security implications. A summary can be found here.
  • I need a little help implementing user online status tracking with Apollo/GraphQL.
    7 projects | reddit.com/r/graphql | 10 Jun 2021
    Have you thought about using graphql-ws instead? It uses the new graphql-transport-ws protocol which also has an open RFC that is discussed in the GraphQL working Groups.

apollo-server

Posts with mentions or reviews of apollo-server. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-03-29.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing graphql-ws and apollo-server you can also consider the following projects:

mercurius - Implement GraphQL servers and gateways with Fastify

subscriptions-transport-ws - :arrows_clockwise: A WebSocket client + server for GraphQL subscriptions

graphql-mesh - GraphQL Mesh — Query anything, run anywhere

express-graphql - Create a GraphQL HTTP server with Express.

nestjs-graphql - GraphQL (TypeScript) module for Nest framework (node.js) 🍷

graphql-yoga - 🧘 Rewrite of a fully-featured GraphQL Server with focus on easy setup, performance & great developer experience. The core of Yoga implements W3C Fetch API and can run/deploy on any JS environment.

graphql-helix-docker

GraphQL Kotlin - Libraries for running GraphQL in Kotlin

graphql-helix - A highly evolved GraphQL HTTP Server 🧬

envelop - Envelop is a lightweight library allowing developers to easily develop, share, collaborate and extend their GraphQL execution layer. Envelop is the missing GraphQL plugin system.

ws - Simple to use, blazing fast and thoroughly tested WebSocket client and server for Node.js