Django and GraphQL - An Introduction


GraphQL is a query language for your API and a runtime for executing those queries by utilizing a type system you define for your data. In this comprehensive guide, we'll introduce you to using GraphQL with Django. You'll learn how to set up GraphQL in your Django project, define schemas, perform queries, and work with mutations.


Before you begin, make sure you have the following prerequisites in place:

  • Django Project: You should have an existing Django project to implement GraphQL.
  • Python Knowledge: Basic knowledge of Python programming is essential.
  • Basic Understanding of APIs: Familiarity with REST APIs is helpful but not mandatory.

Step 1: Setting Up GraphQL in Django

To use GraphQL in Django, you'll need to add a package like Graphene-Django to your project. This package allows you to create GraphQL schemas and queries.

Sample Installation

Use pip to install the Graphene-Django package:

pip install graphene-django

Step 2: Creating GraphQL Schemas

Define your GraphQL schemas using Python classes. Schemas specify the types and queries available in your API.

Sample Schema Definition

Here's an example of a schema definition in Django using Graphene-Django:

import graphene
from graphene_django.types import DjangoObjectType
from .models import YourModel
class YourModelType(DjangoObjectType):
class Meta:
model = YourModel
class Query(graphene.ObjectType):
all_your_models = graphene.List(YourModelType)
def resolve_all_your_models(self, info, **kwargs):
return YourModel.objects.all()


GraphQL is a powerful way to query and manipulate your data. This guide has introduced you to using GraphQL with Django, but there's much more to explore. As you delve deeper, you'll be able to create flexible and efficient APIs for your Django projects.