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Storefront GraphQL Code Generation

Code generation means the automatic generation of TypeScript types based on your GraphQL schema and your GraphQL operations. This is a very powerful feature that allows you to write your code in a type-safe manner, without you needing to manually write any types for your API calls.

To do this, we will use Graphql Code Generator.


This guide is for adding codegen to your storefront. For a guide on adding codegen to your backend Vendure plugins or UI extensions, see the Plugin Codegen guide.


Follow the installation instructions in the GraphQL Code Generator Quick Start.


npm i graphql
npm i -D typescript @graphql-codegen/cli

npx graphql-code-generator init

npm install

During the init step, you'll be prompted to select various options about how to configure the code generation.

  • Where is your schema?: Use http://localhost:3000/shop-api (unless you have configured a different GraphQL API URL)
  • Where are your operations and fragments?: Use the appropriate glob pattern for you project. For example, src/**/*.{ts,tsx}.
  • Select codegen.ts as the name of the config file.


The init step above will create a codegen.ts file in your project root. Add the highlighted lines:


import type { CodegenConfig } from '@graphql-codegen/cli';

const config: CodegenConfig = {
overwrite: true,
schema: 'http://localhost:3000/shop-api',
documents: 'src/**/*.graphql.ts',
generates: {
'src/gql/': {
preset: 'client',
plugins: [],
config: {
scalars: {
// This tells codegen that the `Money` scalar is a number
Money: 'number',
namingConvention: {
// This ensures generated enums do not conflict with the built-in types.
enumValues: 'keep',

export default config;

Running Codegen

During the init step, you will have installed a codegen script in your package.json. You can run this script to generate the TypeScript types for your GraphQL operations.


Ensure you have the Vendure server running before running the codegen script.

npm run codegen

This will generate a src/gql directory containing the TypeScript types for your GraphQL operations.

Use the graphql() function

If you have existing GraphQL queries and mutations in your application, you can now use the graphql() function exported by the src/gql/index.ts file to execute them. If you were previously using the gql tagged template function, replace it with the graphql() function.

import { useQuery } from '@tanstack/react-query';
import request from 'graphql-request'
import { graphql } from './gql';

// GET_PRODUCTS will be a `TypedDocumentNode` type,
// which encodes the types of the query variables and the response data.
const GET_PRODUCTS = graphql(`
query GetProducts($options: ProductListOptions) {
products(options: $options) {
items {
featuredAsset {

export default function App() {
// `data` will now be correctly typed
const { isLoading, data } = useQuery({
queryKey: ['products'],
queryFn: async () =>
// The variables will also be correctly typed
options: { take: 3 },

if (isLoading) return <p>Loading...</p>;

return data ? ({ id, name, slug, featuredAsset }) => (
<div key={id}>
<img src={`${featuredAsset.preview}?preset=small`} alt={name} />
) : (

In the above example, the type information all works out of the box because the graphql-request library from v5.0.0 has built-in support for the TypedDocumentNode type, as do the latest versions of most of the popular GraphQL client libraries, such as Apollo Client & Urql.


In the documentation examples on other pages, we do not assume the use of code generation in order to keep the examples as simple as possible.