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Who is the GOAT? ๐Ÿ”ฎ Vercel Edge Config stores my answer

A few weeks ago Vercel released Edge Config, a new feature available to everyone so I tried it because I'm curious.

I developed an app with Qwik the new framework that has been catching my attention for months.

Getting started

To spin up a Qwik application you can use the Qwik CLI.
You can type npm create qwik@latest in your terminal and the CLI will guide you through an interactive menu to set the project name and select one of the starters.
Then, from the Qwik project folder, you can easily add a Vercel integration with this command: npm run qwik add

You can choose from many integrations, but for this article, we will use the Vercel one.

๐Ÿฆ‹  Add Integration 

? What integration would you like to add? โ€บ (use โ†“โ†‘ arrows, hit enter)
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โฏ   Adaptor: Vercel Edge
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    Adaptor: Static site (.html files)
    Framework: React
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The next step illustrates the integration:

๐Ÿ‘ป  Ready?  Add vercel-edge to your app?

๐Ÿฌ Modify
   - package.json

๐Ÿ‘ป  Ready?  Add vercel-edge to your app?

๐Ÿฌ Modify
   - .gitignore
   - package.json

๐ŸŒŸ Create
   - vercel.json
   - src/entry.vercel-edge.tsx
   - adaptors/vercel-edge/vite.config.ts

๐Ÿ’พ Install npm dependency:
   - vercel ^28.4.17

โœ” Ready to apply the vercel-edge updates to your app? โ€บ Yes looks good, finish update!

โœ” Updating app and installing dependencies...
๐Ÿฆ„  Success!  Added vercel-edge to your app

๐Ÿ“š Relevant docs:

๐Ÿ’ฌ Questions? Start the conversation at:
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Qwik code

Server-side code

I exposed a GET endpoint /api/give-me-the-goat to create a communication server to server. I installed the npm library @vercel/edge-config then I created the Edge Config client with the VITE_EDGE_CONFIG env variable as a param and finally I retrieved the value for the key GOAT.


import type { RequestHandler } from '';
import { createClient } from '@vercel/edge-config';

export const edgeConfigClient = createClient(import.meta.env.VITE_EDGE_CONFIG);

export const onGet: RequestHandler<{ name: string }> = async () => {
  const name = await edgeConfigClient.get('GOAT');
  return { name };
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Client-side code


import { $, component$, useSignal } from '';

export default component$(() => {
  const state = useSignal('');
  const onClick = $(async () => {
    const name = await fetch('/api/give-me-the-goat');
    state.value = (await name.json()).name;

  return (
    <div class='...'>
      {state.value} <- Messi or Ronaldo ๐Ÿ˜†
      <div class='...'>
        <button onClick$={onClick} class='...0'>
          Who is the GOAT?
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Every time we press the button our API will be invoked. It will read data from Vercel and our UI will change.

We can modify the configuration in the Vercel dashboard or we can invoke a PATCH to a special URL (you can find an example here) to change the key value configuration programmatically.


I host my project on GitHub but you can use also other git providers


You can configure the project


and then you are ready to rock! ๐ŸŽธ


Vercel Edge Config

In the Vercel dashboard you can create an Edge Config



Then you can define the key/value configs


Inside the token section, you can copy the connection string needed to communicate with the service Edge Config

Vercel env variables

You need to define VITE_EDGE_CONFIG env variable to allow communication with Vercel Services


And that's all! Now we are ready to see who is the GOAT!

App in action

As mentioned before, every time I click on the button, the application is reading the configuration from Vercel and as you can see I can change my frontend application at runtime.





๐ŸŽ‰ This is a trivial use case but I think is a good example to show how our frontend application can change with an external configuration.
For example, let's think we want to show a certain section of our application (e.g. Order History), through this approach we can show/hide it easily. ๐Ÿ˜„

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Bye ๐Ÿ‘‹

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