Setting Apollo Context from HTTP Headers in a Meteor Application

petecorey profile image Pete Corey Originally published at petecorey.com on ・2 min read

I was recently tasked with modifying an Apollo-based GraphQL endpoint served by a Meteor application to set a field in the resolvers’ context based on a HTTP header pulled out of the incoming GraphQL request.

This should be an easy, well-documented ask.

Unfortunately, Meteor’s Apollo integration seems to exist in an awkward, undocumented state. The createApolloServer function exposed by the meteor/apollo package doesn’t seem to have any real documentation anywhere I could find, and the Github repository linked to by the package doesn’t seem to relate to the code in question.

How can I access the current HTTP request when building my resolvers’ context?

With no documentation to guide me, I dove into the package’s source code on my machine to find answers. The source for the package in question lives in ~/.meteor/packages/apollo/<version>/os/src/main-server.js on my machine. The createApolloServer function accepts a customOptions object as its first argument. I quickly learned after digging through the source that if customOptions is a function, createApolloServer will call that function with the current request (req) as its only argument, and use the function call’s result as the value of customOptions:

const customOptionsObject =
  typeof customOptions === 'function'
    ? customOptions(req) 
    : customOptions;

This means we need to change our current call to createApolloServer from something like this:

import { createApolloServer } from "meteor/apollo";

createApolloServer({ schema }, { path });

To something like this:

  req => ({
    context: {
      someValue: req.headers['some-value']
  { path }

This information is probably only pertinent to myself and an ever-shrinking number of people, but if you’re one of those people, I hope this helps.

Posted on Nov 22 '19 by:


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