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how to query the redwood API with svelteKit

  • Redwood
  • Svelte
  • SvelteKit
  • Netlify
  • GraphQL


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Create Redwood App and Start API Server

Create a boilerplate Redwood application and start the development server on the api side only.

yarn create redwood-app redwood-sveltekit
cd redwood-sveltekit
yarn rw setup deploy netlify
yarn rw dev api

Leave the API running and open another terminal to send a curl command to the GraphQL API with a GraphQL query asking for the Redwood version number of the project.

curl --request POST \
  --header 'content-type: application/json' \
  --url 'localhost:8911/graphql' \
  --data '{"query":"{ redwood { version } }"}'

Alternatively you can open localhost:8911/graphql and send a GraphQL query through the GraphQL Yoga GraphiQL editor.

Create SvelteKit Side

Create a svelte directory with src/routes nested inside and initialize a package.json file.

mkdir -p svelte/src/routes
cd svelte
yarn init -y

Open the package.json file in the svelte directory and add module for the type along with the following scripts:

  "name": "svelte",
  "packageManager": "[email protected]",
  "type": "module",
  "scripts": {
    "dev": "svelte-kit dev",
    "build": "svelte-kit build",
    "package": "svelte-kit package",
    "preview": "svelte-kit preview",
    "prepare": "svelte-kit sync"

Create project files and install dependencies.

touch yarn.lock svelte.config.js netlify.toml src/app.html \
  src/routes/index.svelte src/routes/graphql.js
yarn add -D dotenv svelte @sveltejs/kit @sveltejs/[email protected]

Create a .env file with our Redwood API endpoint and a .gitignore file.

echo 'REDWOOD_API_ENDPOINT=http://localhost:8911/graphql' > .env
echo 'build\n.svelte-kit' > .gitignore

Svelte Configuration File

Add the following to svelte.config.js

// svelte/svelte.config.js

import adapter from '@sveltejs/adapter-netlify'

/** @type {import('@sveltejs/kit').Config} */
const config = {
	kit: {
		adapter: adapter()

export default config

Add the following to app.html.

<!-- svelte/src/app.html -->

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="utf-8" />
    <meta name="description" content="An example RedwoodJS application with a SvelteKit frontend" />
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1" />


Add your endpoint and GraphQL query to graphql.js.

// web/src/routes/graphql.js

import 'dotenv/config'

const { REDWOOD_API_ENDPOINT } = process.env

export async function post() {
  const response = await fetch(REDWOOD_API_ENDPOINT, {
    method: 'POST',
    headers: {
      'Content-Type': 'application/json'
    body: JSON.stringify({
      query: `{
        redwood {

  const data = await response.json()

  if (data) {
    return {
      body: data

Finally, include your Svelte component in index.svelte.

<!-- web/src/routes/index.svelte -->

<script context="module">
  export const load = async ({ fetch }) => {
    try {
      const response = await fetch('/graphql', {
        method: 'POST',
        credentials: 'same-origin',
        headers: {
          'Content-Type': 'application/json'
      return {
        props: { ...(await response.json()) }
    } catch (error) {
      console.error(`Error in load function for /: ${error}`)

  export let data

<main class="container">
  <h2>Redwood Version - {data.redwood.version}</h2>

Start the development server and open localhost:3000.

yarn dev


Add the following build instructions to netlify.toml.

  command = "yarn build"
  publish = "build"

Initialize a GitHub repo and connect to Netlify for automatic deployment. I deployed each side from different branches to make it easier to manage the build commands and environment variables.