Internal GraphQL Server

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This extension installs an internal GraphQL Server, that can be invoked within your application, using PHP code.

Among other use cases, you can trigger the execution of a GraphQL query whenever some action happens, to perform some related task (such as sending a notification, adding a log entry, validating a condition, etc).

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The internal GraphQL server is accessed via class GatoGraphQL\InternalGraphQLServer\GraphQLServer, through these three methods:

  • executeQuery: Execute a GraphQL query
  • executeQueryInFile: Execute a GraphQL query contained in a (.gql) file
  • executePersistedQuery: Execute a persisted GraphQL query (providing its ID as an int, or slug as a string)

These are the method signatures:

namespace GatoGraphQL\InternalGraphQLServer;

use PoP\Root\HttpFoundation\Response;

class GraphQLServer {
* Execute a GraphQL query

public static function executeQuery(
string $query,
array $variables = [],
?string $operationName = null
): Response {
// ...

* Execute a GraphQL query contained in a (`.gql`) file

public static function executeQueryInFile(
string $file,
array $variables = [],
?string $operationName = null
): Response {
// ...

* Execute a persisted GraphQL query (providing its ID as an int, or slug as a string)

public static function executePersistedQuery(
string|int $persistedQueryIDOrSlug,
array $variables = [],
?string $operationName = null
): Response {
// ...

To execute a GraphQL query and obtain the response content:

// Provide the GraphQL query
$query = "{ ... }";

// Execute the query against the internal server
$response = GraphQLServer::executeQuery($query);

// Get the content and decode it
$responseContent = json_decode($response->getContent(), true);

// Access the data and errors from the response
$responseData = $responseContent["data"] ?? [];
$responseErrors = $responseContent["errors"] ?? [];

The Response object also contains any produced header (eg: if some Cache Control List was applied, it would add the Cache-Control header):

$responseHeaders = $response->getHeaders();
$responseCacheControlHeader = $response->getHeaderLine('Cache-Control');

Please notice that class GraphQLServer is not ready before the WordPress core init hook.

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In this example workflow (which also uses Multiple Query Execution, Helper Function Collection and Field to Input modules), when a new post is created in the site, we send a notification to the admin user.

We hook into the WordPress core action wp_insert_post, retrieve the data from the newly-created post, and call GraphQLServer::executeQuery:

function (int $postID, WP_Post $post) {
// Check the contents of the query below
$query = ' ... ';
$variables = [
'postTitle' => $post->post_title,
'postContent' => $post->post_content,
GraphQLServer::executeQuery($query, $variables, 'SendEmail');

...with this GraphQL query:

query GetEmailData(
$postTitle: String!,
$postContent: String!
) {
emailMessageTemplate: _strConvertMarkdownToHTML(
text: """

There is a new post on the site:




emailMessage: _strReplaceMultiple(
search: ["{$postTitle}", "{$postContent}"],
replaceWith: [$postTitle, $postContent],
in: $__emailMessageTemplate
@export(as: "emailMessage")

mutation SendEmail @depends(on: "GetEmailData") {
input: {
to: ""
subject: "There is a new post"
messageAs: {
html: $emailMessage
) {

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