Introduction tutorial - Graphene and Sequelize

Graphene has a number of additional features that are designed to make working with Sequelize really simple.

Our primary focus here is to give a good understanding of how to connect models from Sequelize to Graphene object types.

A good idea is to check the graphene documentation first.

  • Node or Typescript(any)
  • Graphene-JS

Project setup

yarn add graphene-sequelize
# or
npm install graphene-sequelize

Defining our models

Let’s get started with these models:

import * as Sequelize from "sequelize";

// We define the Sequelize Models
export const sequelize = new Sequelize('database', 'username', 'password', {
    dialect: 'sqlite',
    storage: 'db.sqlite',

export const Project = sequelize.define('project', {
    title: Sequelize.STRING,
    description: Sequelize.TEXT

export const Task = sequelize.define('task', {
    title: Sequelize.STRING,
    description: Sequelize.TEXT,
    deadline: Sequelize.DATE

GraphQL presents your objects to the world as a graph structure rather than a more hierarchical structure to which you may be accustomed. In order to create this representation, Graphene needs to know about each type of object which will appear in the graph.

This graph also has a root type through which all access begins. This is the Query class below.

This means, for each of our models, we are going to create a type, decorating with SequelizeObjectType

After we’ve done that, we will list those types as fields in the Query class.

import { ObjectType, Field, NonNull } from "graphene-js";
import { SequelizeObjectType } from "graphene-sequelize";

@SequelizeObjectType({model: Project})
class ProjectType {
    // We can add here additional files

@SequelizeObjectType({model: Task})
class TaskType {
    // We can add here additional files

class Query {
    @Field(ProjectType, { args: {id: NonNull(String)}})
    getProject({id}) {
        return Project.findById(id);

schema = new Schema({query: Query})


Then we can start querying our schema:

var result = await schema.execute('{ getProject(id: "1") { id, title } }')

Congrats! You got your first graphene sequelize schema working!