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Unless installed via docker compose, you will need:

  • Redis โ€“ required by Gateway and Dashboard
  • MongoDB - required by Dashboard only

Docker Compose#

Check out our dedicated repository with docker compose files and examples of the configuration:

git clone
cd graphql-portal-docker
docker-compose -f docker-compose.yml up

Standalone Docker containers#

Install and launch the Gateway:

docker pull gqlportal/gateway:latest

Now that you have Docker image locally, you will need to prepare a basic configuration file. You may download a sample config:

curl -s -o ./gateway.yaml

Once that is done, you can now launch the Gateway in a standalone mode (you may have to specify a Redis connection string relevant to your local environment):

docker run --name graphql-gateway \
-p 3000:3000 \
-e REDIS="redis://localhost:6379" \
-v $(pwd)/gateway.yaml:/opt/graphql-portal/config/gateway.yaml \

Install and launch Dashboard:

docker pull gqlportal/dashboard:latest
# Modify the connection strings depending on your environment
docker run --name graphql-dashboard \
-e REDIS_CONNECTION_STRING="redis://localhost:6379" \
-e MONGODB_CONNECTION_STRING="mongodb://localhost:27017" \
-p 3030:3030 \
-p 8080:8080 \

You now should be able to open the configuration dashboard by going to http://localhost:8080 in your browser.

Standalone Gateway with Yarn/NPM#

The Gateway can also be installed either via npm/yarn, or by pulling this repository and then building the source codes.

The package @graphql-portal/gateway provides a CLI command graphql-portal which will start the server. However, in order for the server to start correctly, we should first create (or download) a configuration file. By default, GraphQL Portal will search for a configuration in ./config/gateway.json|yaml file. That's why, prior to launching the gateway, you may want to create a directory and place a config file into it. You can use a basic configuration file from our examples repository here.

# create directories for configuration
mkdir -p /opt/graphql-portal/config && cd /opt/graphql-portal
# download a basic configuration file
curl -s -o ./config/gateway.yaml

Now that the configuration is in place, we can install and launch the gateway:

# install the gateway and go to the directory with configuration
yarn global add @graphql-portal/gateway
# @graphql-portal/gateway package provides a CLI command graphql-portal
# we will also need a Redis connection string in order to launch the gateway
env REDIS="redis://localhost:6379" NODE_ENV=production graphql-portal

You should now see the output of the server without any errors. Read more about the configuration of the gateway here.

Standalone Dashboard without Docker#

At the moment, GraphQL Portal Dashboard consists from the following components:

  • Backend (NestJS)
  • Frontend (React),

and requires the following dependencies:

  • MongoDB
  • connection to Redis โ€“ same Redis used by Gateway.

It is not distributed via Yarn/NPM and can be installed locally by pulling and building the source code from the repository:

mkdir /opt/graphql-portal-dashboard
git clone /opt/graphql-portal-dashboard
cd /opt/graphql-portal-dashboard
# the following two steps can take some time
yarn install --frozen-lockfile
yarn build

We'll have to edit the configuration file before launching the server. To do that, open the configuration file for production environment:

vim packages/backend/config/env/production.json
"gateway": {
"secret": "@@DASHBOARD_SECRET"
"application": {
"env": "production",
"host": "@@HOST",
"publicHost": "@@PUBLIC_HOST",
"useSwaggerUi": false,
"port": "@@DASHBOARD_PORT",
"graphQL": {
"playground": "@@GRAPHQL_PLAYGROUND",
"serveStatic": "false",
"jwtSecret": "@@JWT_SECRET",
"logLevel": "log",
"maxmind": {
"dbPath": "@@MAXMIND_DB_PATH",
"licenseKey": "@@MAXMIND_LICENSE_KEY",
"accountId": "@@MAXMIND_ACCOUNT_ID"
"sendgrid": {
"senderEmail": "@@SENDGRID_SENDER_EMAIL",
"confirmationTemplateId": "@@SENDGRID_CONFIRMATION_TEMPLATE",
"resetPasswordTemplateId": "@@SENDGRID_RESET_PASSWORD_TEMPLATE",
"apiKey": "@@SENDGRID_API_KEY"
"defaultAdmin": {
"metrics": {
"enabled": "@@METRICS_ENABLED",
"chunk": "@@METRICS_CHUNK",
"delay": "@@METRICS_DELAY"
"cryptoSecret": "@@CRYPTO_SECRET"
"client": {
"host": "@@CLIENT_HOST"
"db": {
"redis": {
"connectionString": "@@REDIS_CONNECTION_STRING"
"mongodb": {
"connectionString": "@@MONGODB_CONNECTION_STRING"

In that file, we have 3 main configuration variables which we have to specify:

  • port โ€“ it is a port on which the dashboard application is going to be available;
  • redis:connectionString โ€“ self-explicative, connection string for Redis
  • mongodb:connectionString โ€“ connection string for Mongo.

Now, we have two choices: either we can pass these values as environment variables, or we can put them directly in the file. In our current case, we will pass them as environment variables. Read more about the configuration of the Gateway and Dashboard here.

We can now launch the server:

# replace the following values with those relevant to your environment
REDIS_CONNECTION_STRING="redis://localhost:6379" \
MONGODB_CONNECTION_STRING="mongodb://localhost:27017" \
NODE_ENV=production yarn start:prod

Once the server is launched, you can open the dashboard by going to http://localhost:8080.