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Creating Custom Middlewares

Anatomy of a Resolver Map Middleware

Resovler Map Middlewares represent the lazy application of changes to a Resolver Map. A Resolver Map Middleware receives a Resolver Map, along with some contextual options, and returns a Resolver Map. The Resolver Map returned does not need to be the same one that was passed in but it will represent the Resolver Map going forward.

async (resolverMap, packOptions) => {
// make any modifications and return a resolver map
return resolverMap;

with packOptions representing:

state: Object
dependencies: Object

Note: Only these properties should be relied on. Do not add additional properties, there is no guarantee they will be preserved.

  • state — Useful for any storing any references that should be persisted for accessing from the outside, via the state property on a GraphQLHandler instance.
  • dependencies — Contains any external dependencies initially passed in when creating the GraphQLHandler.

The packOptions object is also available within Resolver Wrappers.

Adding options to a Middleware

The easiest way of adding options to a Resolver Map is to use a function factory that provides any additional options by its arguments which are in scope for the inner Resolver Map Middleware function.

const middlewareFunction = (options) => {
// return a resolver map middleware with options in scope
return (resolverMap, packOptions) => {
// ... do something with the `options` reference
return resolverMap;

Then it can be used where needed, for example:

const handler = new GraphQLHandler({
middlewares: [middlewareFunction(options)],

highlight option

For many Middlewares it is useful to provide a highlight option when a Middleware can operate on user-defined portions of the GraphQL Schema. The highlight option uses the Highlight system and conforms to the CoercibleHighlight type.

By using CoercibleHighlight it provides a flexible option by accepting:

  • References, an array of References
  • Highlight callback function (h) => { return h.include(['Query', 'user']) }, a callback where the highlight instance is setup and expects a returned Highlight instance.
  • Highlight instance, provided directly by the consumers of the middleware

These three options can be converted into a Highlight instance with the coerceHighlight utility.

If the default behavior is to "highlight the entire schema" for a the highlight option the highlightAllCallback can be used as the default value which will highlight everything in the schema.

import { coerceHighlight } from 'graphql-mocks/highlight/utils';

const middleware = ({ highlight }) => {
return (resolverMap, packOptions) => {
const graphqlSchema = packOptions.dependencies?.graphqlSchema;

// ensures that a Highlight instance is provided based from
// either references, a highlight callback, or a highlight instance
const coercedHighlight = coerceHighlight(highlight);

Handling External Dependencies

A dependency in this case is something external to the Resolver Map Middleware that can/must be provided for the Resolver Map Middleware. An example might be a reference to a global object, or an instance of

Shared Dependencies

If a dependency is considered shared amongst multiple Resolver Map Middlewares or Resolver Wrappers use the dependencies the external dependencies, packOptions.dependencies, provided on the second argument of a Resolver Map Middleware.

const middleware = return (resolverMap, packOptions) => {
// pull `fooDependency` reference off packOptions.dependencies
const foo = packOptions.dependencies?.fooDependency

if (!foo) {
throw new Error('`foo` is a required dependency');

Isolated Dependencies

When a dependency is used only for a single instance of a middleware it can be provided as an option in a factory function.

const middlewareFunction = ({ someDependency }) => {
return (resolverMap, packOptions) => {
// ... do something with the `someDependency` reference
return resolverMap;

Complete Example

To show a complete example where a highlight option, with a default highlightAllCallback option, is used to iterate over the references and add a resolver for the reference.

import { walk, coerceHighlight } from 'graphql-mocks/highlight/utils';
import { setResolver } from 'graphql-mocks/resolver-map';
import { highlightAllCallback } from 'graphql-mocks/resolver-map/utils';

const middleware(options) {
// will either be the given highlight option or fallback to highlighting all
const highlight = coerceHighlight(options?.highlight ?? highlightAllCallback);

return async (resolverMap, packOptions) => {
const graphqlSchema = packOptions.dependencies?.graphqlSchema;

// use references from highlight to iterate over all options
await walk(graphqlSchema, highlight.references, (reference) => {
setResolver(resolverMap, reference, () => 'resolver function!', { replace: true });

return resolverMap;

Useful Utilities

When operating on the landscape of a Resolver Map there are some useful utilities to consider using.


import { setResolver } from 'graphql-mocks/resolver-map';

API Documentation

Add a Resolver function to a Resolver Map at a given reference.


import { getResolver } from 'graphql-mocks/resolver-map';

API Documentation

Get a Resolver function from a Resolver Map for a given reference.


import { applyWrappers } from 'graphql-mocks/resolver';

API Documentation

Generally, it's easiest to use embed and layer Resolver Map Middleware functions to add wrappers. In other cases it might be useful for a custom Resolver Map Middleware to have an array of wrappers passed in as an option and apply them to a Resolver function using applyWrappers.