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Using Registry

CDN Access

With high-availability and multi-zone CDN service based on Cloudflare, Hive allows you to access the registry, through a secured external service, that's always up regardless of Hive services.

To connect your GraphQL Gateway or any other tool with GraphQL Hive you need to generate an access key to our CDN.

Go to the schema view of your target https://app.graphql-hive.com/:org/:project/:target and click "Connect".

Connect button

GraphQL Hive will now generate a unique key:

Connect to CDN modal

Apollo Federation

There are gateways maintained by Apollo team, Apollo Gateway and Apollo Router. GraphQL Hive supports both!

Apollo Gateway

  • HIVE_CDN_ENDPOINT - the endpoint Hive generated for you in the previous step
  • HIVE_CDN_KEY - the access key
import { createSupergraphManager } from '@graphql-hive/client'
import { ApolloGateway } from '@apollo/gateway'
import { ApolloServer } from 'apollo-server'
const gateway = new ApolloGateway({
  // Apollo Gateway will fetch Supergraph from GraphQL Hive CDN
  supergraphSdl: createSupergraphManager({
    endpoint: process.env.HIVE_CDN_ENDPOINT,
    key: process.env.HIVE_CDN_KEY,
    pollIntervalInMs: 15_000
const server = new ApolloServer({
server.listen().then(({ url }) => {
  console.log(`🚀 Server ready at ${url}`)

Apollo Router

GraphQL Hive ships a custom version of Apollo Router. The reason is that in order to extend Apollo Router, we need to write a native Rust plugin.

Download Apollo Router for Linux (x86_64), MacOS (x86_64) or Windows (x86_64):

curl -fsSL https://graphql-hive.com/apollo-router-download.sh | bash

Start the router:

HIVE_CDN_ENDPOINT="..." HIVE_CDN_KEY="..." ./router
  • HIVE_CDN_ENDPOINT - the endpoint Hive generated for you in the previous step
  • HIVE_CDN_KEY - the access key

Apollo Router polls schema from the registry every 10 seconds. In order to change it to 15 seconds pass: HIVE_CDN_POLL_INTERVAL=15.

Schema Stitching

Stitching could be done in many ways, that's why @graphql-hive/client provides generic functions, not something dedicated for stitching. Unfortunately the implementation of gateway is up to you.

Here's an example of how it could work

import { createServicesFetcher } from '@graphql-hive/client'
import { stitchSchemas } from '@graphql-tools/stitch'
import { UrlLoader } from '@graphql-tools/url-loader'
import { buildSchema } from 'graphql'
import { createServer } from '@graphql-yoga/node'
const urlLoader = new UrlLoader()
const fetchServices = createServicesFetcher({
  endpoint: process.env.HIVE_CDN_ENDPOINT,
  key: process.env.HIVE_CDN_KEY
async function main() {
  const services = await fetchServices()
  const subschemas = services.map(service => {
    return {
      schema: buildSchema(service.sdl),
      executor: urlLoader.getExecutorAsync(service.url)
  const schema = stitchSchemas({
  const server = createServer({ schema })
  await server.start()
main().catch(err => {
  • HIVE_CDN_ENDPOINT - the endpoint Hive generated for you in the previous step
  • HIVE_CDN_KEY - the access key

The createServicesFetcher factory function returns another function that is responsible for fetching a list of services from Hive's high-availability endpoint..

Other tools

Here's a list of available endpoints:


  • list of services - <endpoint>/schema
  • supergraph - <endpoint>/supergraph


  • list of services - <endpoint>/schema

Single schema project

  • Schema Information <endpoint>/schema

    Here's an example of how it could work via cURL for a single schema project:

    curl --request GET \
      --url https://cdn.graphql-hive.com/asce7c12-753d-hive-bee-d7f2c803e232/schema \
      --header 'X-Hive-CDN-Key: aabTxbEyC78NvSPQNO+qLrrRnBvODJJ8k4sL/2EtIwc=' \
      --header 'Accept: application/json'


      "sdl": "<SDL-here>",
      "date": "2021-08-20T15:16:40.024Z"
  • Raw SDL <endpoint>/sdl

    If you wish to get the raw SDL, without a wrapping JSON object, you can specify /sdl as suffix to your request.

  • Introspection JSON <endpoint>/introspection

    If you wish to get the introspection JSON for your GraphQL schema, without a wrapping JSON object, you can specify /introspection as suffix to your request. This could be useful for tools that need to get the introspection as-is, like GraphQL Codegen, or GraphQL-Config.

  • Metadata <endpoint>/metadata

    To fetch metadata published along with your GraphQL schema (using --metadata), use /metadata endpoint

    curl --request GET \
      --url https://cdn.graphql-hive.com/asce7c12-753d-hive-bee-d7f2c803e232/metadata \
      --header 'X-Hive-CDN-Key: YOUR_KEY_HERE'

    The value returned is the value you stored, as JSON, with Content-Type: application/json header.


ETag and If-None-Match headers

The CDN service accepts the ETag and If-None-Match headers.

Every successful response from the CDN service (200 OK) contains the ETag header with a checksum. If you send the same checksum in the If-None-Match header, the CDN service will return 304 Not Modified, but only if the data hasn't changed. If the data has changed, the CDN service will return 200 OK with the new data and new ETag header.

Using ETag and If-None-Mathc helps to prevent unnecessary data transfer.

The @graphql-hive/client package uses this feature to save bandwidth and improve performance.