#graphql #web #async #cache #wasm


An integrated GraphQL Client that supports caching, fetching and others through extensible exchanges in Rust and with WASM

3 releases

0.1.0 Mar 6, 2021
0.1.0-alpha.1 Apr 26, 2020
0.1.0-alpha.0 Apr 9, 2020

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A modern GraphQL Client with common built-in features as well as the ability to extend its functionality through exchanges

Getting Started

This crate needs two dependencies:
The main crate in your regular dependencies, and artemis-build in your dev-dependencies.

The first step is to write some queries in .graphql files and then add the following to your build.rs (create it if necessary):

use artemis_build::CodegenBuilder;

fn main() {
        .introspect_schema("http://localhost:8080/graphql", None, Vec::new())

Afterwards, you can use the crate in your application as such:

use artemis::Client;
use artemis_test::get_conference::{GetConference, get_conference::Variables};

let client = Client::builder("http://localhost:8080/graphql")

let result = client.query(GetConference, Variables { id: "1".to_string() }).await.unwrap();

For more info see the relevant method and struct documentation.


This crate uses code generation to take your GraphQL files and turn them into strongly typed Rust modules. These contain the query struct, a zero-size type such as GetConference, as well as a submodule containing the Variables, any input types, the ResponseData type and any involved output types.

Having a strongly typed compile time representation with additional info (such as the __typename of all involved types and an abstract selection tree) means that the work the CPU has to do at runtime is very minimal, only amounting to serialization, deserialization and simple lookups using the statically generated data.

For details on how to use the query builder, see artemis-build


Exchanges are like a bi-directional middleware. They act on both the incoming and outgoing queries, passing them on if they can't return a result themselves.

There are three default exchanges, called in this order:


The deduplication exchange (DedupExchange) filters out unnecessary queries by combining multiple identical queries into one. It does so by keeping track of in-flight queries and, instead of firing off another identical query, waiting for their results instead. This reduces network traffic, especially in larger applications where the same query may be used in multiple places and run multiple times simultaneously as a result.


The cache exchange is a very basic, un-normalized cache which eagerly invalidates queries. It's focused on simplicity and correctness of data, so if a query uses any of the same types as a mutation it will always be invalidated by it. This means that especially if you have large amounts of different entities of the same type, this can become expensive quickly. For a more advanced normalized cache that invalidates only directly related entities see the artemis-normalized-cache crate.


The fetch exchange will serialize the query, send it over the network and deserialize the response. This works on x86 using reqwest, or fetch if you're using WASM. This should be your last exchange in the chain, as it never forwards a query.


WASM support requires some minor boilerplate in your code. First, there's a wasm module in your queries. this contains an automatically generated enum containing all your queries. This is used for transmitting type data across the WASM boundary.

Second, you have to use the wasm_client! macro to generate a WASM interop client that has hard-coded types for your queries, again, to eliminate the unsupported generics and transmit type data across the boundary. The queries type passed to the macro must be the enum generated as mentioned above.

Documentation of the JavaScript types and methods can be found in the TypeScript definitions that are output when you build your WASM.


  • default-exchanges (default) - Include default exchanges and the related builder method
  • observable (default) - Include support for observable and all related types. Includes tokio on x86.


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