API Access

Now we've successfully deployed our GraphQL API, it's time to consume the API outside our local and Grafbase environments.

From your Grafbase dashboard you can get the production endpoint.

Grafbase Endpoint

Grafbase protects access and provides multiple methods to access it. We'll be using API Keys in this quickstart, but you could also use JWTs for authenticated users.

From your API keys list, copy the Production key.

Grafbase API Keys

Now use the endpoint and API key obtained above to make a GraphQL request. We'll be using the hosted HTTPie to throughout the rest of this tutorial.

Make sure set the request method to POST and add your endpoint.

HTTPie

You will then want to pass the API Key as a header with the key x-api-key.

HTTPie Headers

Now all that's left to do before we make a request and set GraphQL as the content type.

HTTPie request type

Finally it's time to make a request! Let's create our first Post entry in our production database!

In the response to our GraphQL request we'll fetch the id, title, url, and two system fields that are automatically managed by Grafbase — createdAt and updatedAt.

mutation CreateNewPost($title: String!, $url: String!) {
  postCreate(input: { title: $title, url: $url }) {
    post {
      id
      title
      url
      createdAt
      updatedAt
    }
  }
}

HTTPie GraphQL Request and Response

That's it! You just created your first GraphQL API and deployed it to the edge with Grafbase!

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