Node/Apollo GraphQL

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This guide details how to protect your GraphQL endpoints, when running on NodeJS.

It assumes you already have a frontend connected to Kinde which is sending a Kinde issued bearer token to your API for verification.

If you don’t yet have a frontend setup, please set this up first following the relevant guide:




Apollo Server

You can use our NodeJS SDK to secure your endpoints and check that the user is authorized to access them.

Configure Apollo

Add Kinde Node as a dependency

The easiest way to install the library is via npm:

npm i @kinde-oss/kinde-node


If you would like to use our Environments feature as part of your development process. You will need to create them first within your Kinde account, see the guide here. In this case you would use the Environment subdomain in the code block above.

Integrate with your app

Import the library as you would any other Node package - we recommend you do this in you app.js or index.js file depending on your structure.

const kindeNode = require("./kinde-auth-node");


In the same file after any other imports initialize the library by entering your Kinde domain. This grabs the verification keys for your app.

let authorize;

(async () => {
    authorize = await kindeNode(YOUR_KINDE_DOMAIN);


The Apollo docs provide a few ways for securing your APIs. We will use the approach of adding the user object to the context.

const server = new ApolloServer({
    context: ({req}) => {
        // auth check on every request
        const user = new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
            authorize(req, (err, user) => {
                if (err) {
                    return reject(err);

        return {

It’s pretty common that a Graph will have a mix of public and private fields.

Because we’ve added the user to context we can access this in the individual field resolvers and decide what to return.

As an example, this resolver is only accessible with a valid user:

users: (parent, args, context) => {
    // In this case, we'll pretend there is no data when
    // we're not logged in. Another option would be to
    // throw an error

    if (!context.user) return null;
    return ["bob", "jake"];

If a user is not authorized you can make use of the built in Apollo helper AuthenticationError to return a suitable response.

Apollo client - with React

Once you have integrated Kinde with your React application using the Kinde React SDK you can enhance it to support the Apollo client.

Integrate with your app

We recommend creating a specific component in your app to handle the Apollo / Kinde integration:

import React from "react";
import {ApolloClient, InMemoryCache, ApolloProvider, createHttpLink} from "@apollo/client";
import {setContext} from "@apollo/client/link/context";
import {useKindeAuth} from "@kinde-oss/kinde-auth-react";

const KindeApolloProvider = ({children}) => {
    const {getToken} = useKindeAuth();

    const httpLink = createHttpLink({
        uri: [YOUR_GRAPHQL_URI_HERE]

    const authLink = setContext((_, {headers}) => {
        // get the authentication token from local storage if it exists
        const token = localStorage.getItem("kinde_token");
        const parsedToken = token ? JSON.parse(token) : {};

        // return the headers to the context so httpLink can read them
        return {
            headers: {
                authorization: token ? `Bearer ${parsedToken.access_token}` : ""

    const client = new ApolloClient({
        link: authLink.concat(httpLink),
        cache: new InMemoryCache()

    return <ApolloProvider client={client}>{children}</ApolloProvider>;

export default KindeApolloProvider;

Then you can use it in your app as follows.

import {KindeProvider} from "@kinde-oss/kinde-auth-react";
const App = () => (
    <KindeProvider domain="[YOUR_KINDE_DOMAIN]" redirectUri={window.location.origin}>
            <Routes />

This will ensure every API call to your Apollo server contains the Bearer token provided by Kinde.

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