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Try the API

Once you have successfully installed Vendure locally following the installation guide, it's time to try out the API!


This guide assumes you chose to populate sample data when installing Vendure.

You can also follow along with these example using the public demo playground at

GraphQL Playground

The Vendure server comes with a GraphQL Playground which allows you to explore the API and run queries and mutations. It is a great way to explore the API and to get a feel for how it works.

In this guide, we'll be using the GraphQL Playground to run queries and mutations against the Shop and Admin APIs. At each step, you paste the query or mutation into the left-hand pane of the Playground, and then click the "Play" button to run it. You'll then see the response in the right-hand pane.

Graphql playground


Before we start using the GraphQL Playground, we need to alter a setting to make sure it is handling session cookies correctly.

In the "settings" panel, we need to change the request.credentials setting from omit to include:

Graphql playground setup

Shop API

The Shop API is the public-facing API which is used by the storefront application.

Open the GraphQL Playground at http://localhost:3000/shop-api.

Fetch a list of products

Let's start with a query. Queries are used to fetch data. We will make a query to get a list of products.

Note that the response only includes the properties we asked for in our query (id and name). This is one of the key benefits of GraphQL - the client can specify exactly which data it needs, and the server will only return that data!

Let's add a few more properties to the query:

You should see that the response now includes the slug, description and featuredAsset properties. Note that the featuredAsset property is itself an object, and we can specify which properties of that object we want to include in the response. This is another benefit of GraphQL - you can "drill down" into the data and specify exactly which properties you want to include.

Now let's add some arguments to the query. Some queries (and most mutations) can accept argument, which you put in parentheses after the query name. For example, let's fetch the first 5 products:

On running this query, you should see just the first 5 results being returned.

Let's add a more complex argument: this time we'll filter for only those products which contain the string "shoe" in the name:

Add a product to an order

Next, let's look at a mutation. Mutations are used to modify data on the server.

Here's a mutation which adds a product to an order:

This mutation adds a product variant with ID 42 to the order. The response will either be an Order object, or an ErrorResult. We use a special syntax called a fragment to specify which properties we want to include in the response. In this case, we are saying that if the response is an Order, we want to include the id, code, totalQuantity, totalWithTax etc., and if the response is an ErrorResult, we want to include the errorCode and message.

Running this mutation a second time should show that the quantity of the product in the order has increased by 1. If not, then the session is not being persisted correctly (see the note earlier in this guide about the request.credentials setting).


For more information about ErrorResult and the handling of errors in Vendure, see the Error Handling guide.

Admin API

The Admin API exposes all the functionality required to manage the store. It is used by the Admin UI, but can also be used by integrations and custom scripts.


The examples in this section are not interactive, due to security settings on our demo server, but you can paste them into your local GraphQL playground.

Open the GraphQL Playground at http://localhost:3000/admin-api.

Logging in

Most Admin API operations are restricted to authenticated users. So first of all we'll need to log in.

Admin API
mutation {
login(username: "superadmin", password: "superadmin") {
...on CurrentUser {
...on ErrorResult {

Fetch a product

The Admin API exposes a lot more information about products than you can get from the Shop API:

Admin API
query {
product(id: 42) {
variants {
prices {
stockLevels {

GraphQL is statically typed and uses a schema containing information about all the available queries, mutations and types. In the GraphQL playground, you can explore the schema by clicking the "docs" tab on the right hand side.

Graphql playground docs