Version: 0.9.x

CRUD Config

Graphback takes input model and generates CRUD operations as queries and mutations. These include create, update, delete, find and findAll. These operations can be generated for each type in your model. Further Graphback also generates three predefined subscriptions, namely new, updated and deleted. We can use them in clients to receive live updates for every change that is happening on the server.

Graphback allows the user to customize the generation process by using configuration and directives.


Graphback uses flags to allow user to choose between the CRUD operations and subscriptions. These are present in config.json, created during init, in the root of your project folder under the generation key. The default config is

"generation": {
"create": true,
"update": true,
"findAll": true,
"find": true,
"delete": false,
"subCreate": false,
"subUpdate": false,
"subDelete": false,
"disableGen": false,

Changing these flags and performing generate, regenerates your schema and resolvers with provided config.

Note: For subscriptions, the user needs to change the value of the respective operations to true. For example, changing subDelete to true won't work unless, delete is true.


Changing the generator config applies the config to all the types in your schema. Graphback allows you to change these for any single type using directives. All the config flags are available as directives

  • @create
  • @update
  • @delete
  • @find
  • @findAll
  • @subCreate
  • @subUpdate
  • @subDelete
  • @disableGen.

User can use these directives to have more control over individual elements. For example,

type Note @delete {

will create the delete mutation for Note type only.

Note: Directives override the configuration flags to true, so to enable operation through directive for a single type, the default configuration should be false. Otherwise, it will affect every type, using flags from the configuration.


User can use this directive to disable CRUD operation generation for that type. Applying this directive will not create any Query/Mutation/Subscription for that type.