graphql-ws VS graphql-helix

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

graphql-ws

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

graphql-helix

A highly evolved GraphQL HTTP Server 🧬 (by contra)
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graphql-ws graphql-helix
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9.0 8.9
11 days ago 7 days 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.

graphql-helix

Posts with mentions or reviews of graphql-helix. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-03-05.
  • Does Apollo GraphQL cost money to use in production? And other beginner questions about GraphQL
    6 projects | reddit.com/r/graphql | 5 Mar 2022
    If you want a lower level graphql server https://graphql-helix.vercel.app/ or https://benzene.vercel.app/ might be worth checking out.
  • Code-first schema definition
    3 projects | dev.to | 23 Feb 2022
    While there are many GraphQL server packages available, we need one that will play nicely with Nuxt3's server engine (Nitro / h3). In the spirit of keeping things extensible and framework-agnostic, GraphQL Helix seems like a really good choice. Let's add it to our project:
  • What's next?
    5 projects | reddit.com/r/graphql | 12 Dec 2021
    E.g. recently I found Graphql-helix, replaced apollo-server-micro with it and had never looked back ever since (incl. subscriptions), what else could be done better? Also in terms of DX
    5 projects | reddit.com/r/graphql | 12 Dec 2021
    Looks interesting, have you tried graphql-helix?
  • When to use multiple endpoints in GraphQL
    1 project | dev.to | 10 Dec 2021
    When using a JavaScript server, a convenient way to achieve this is with GraphQL Helix, which decouples the handling of the HTTP request from the GraphQL server. With Helix, we can have the routing logic be handled by a Node.js web framework (such as Express.js or Fastify), and then — depending on the requested path (i.e., the requested endpoint — we can provide the corresponding schema to the GraphQL server.
  • a first look at graphQL helix
    6 projects | dev.to | 20 Sep 2021
    GraphQL Helix is a framework and runtime agnostic collection of utility functions for building your own GraphQL HTTP server. Instead of providing a complete HTTP server or middleware plugin function, GraphQL Helix only provides a handful of functions for turning an HTTP request into a GraphQL execution result. You decide how to send back the response.
  • Introducing Envelop - The GraphQL Plugin System
    12 projects | dev.to | 29 Jul 2021
    import { envelop, useSchema, useLogger } from '@envelop/core'; import fastify from 'fastify'; import { processRequest, getGraphQLParameters } from 'graphql-helix'; // This creates the `getEnveloped` function for us. Behind the scense the wrapped functions are created once, here. const getEnveloped = envelop({ plugins: [useSchema(schema), useLogger()], }); const app = fastify(); app.route({ method: ['POST'], url: '/graphql', async handler(req, res) { // Here we can pass the request and make available as part of the "context". // The return value is the a GraphQL-proxy that exposes all the functions. const { parse, validate, contextFactory, execute, schema } = getEnveloped({ req, }); const request = { body: req.body, headers: req.headers, method: req.method, query: req.query, }; const { operationName, query, variables } = getGraphQLParameters(request); // Here, we pass our custom functions to Helix, and it will take care of the rest. const result = await processRequest({ operationName, query, variables, request, schema, parse, validate, execute, contextFactory, }); if (result.type === 'RESPONSE') { res.status(result.status); res.send(result.payload); } else { // You can find a complete example with Subscriptions and stream/defer here: // https://github.com/contrawork/graphql-helix/blob/master/examples/fastify/server.ts res.send({ errors: [{ message: 'Not Supported in this demo' }] }); } }, }); app.listen(3000, () => { console.log(`GraphQL server is running...`); });
  • Subscriptions and Live Queries - Real Time with GraphQL
    5 projects | dev.to | 29 Jul 2021
    Fortunately, we now have libraries like Graphql Helix, which, in my humble opinion, should replace express-graphql as the reference HTTP implementation since GraphQL Helix is also not tied to any web server framework.
  • GraphQL - Diving Deep
    47 projects | dev.to | 29 Jul 2021
    If you are using Node.js there are a lot of implementations of GraphQL servers with a few being express-graphql, apollo-server, mercurius, graphql-helix and more. And if you are using other languages, you can see a great list here
  • The Stack #1
    9 projects | dev.to | 29 Jul 2021
    Graphql Helix

What are some alternatives?

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

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

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.

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.

mercurius - Implement GraphQL servers and gateways with Fastify

GraphQL Kotlin - Libraries for running GraphQL in Kotlin

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

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

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.

graphql-jit - GraphQL execution using a JIT compiler

pothos - Pothos GraphQL is library for creating GraphQL schemas in typescript using a strongly typed code first approach

graphql-sse - Zero-dependency, HTTP/1 safe, simple, GraphQL over Server-Sent Events Protocol server and client.