Make your own GraphQL metrics dashboard - Part 2

Hi and welcome back to make your own graphQL performance dashboard! If you missed part 1 you should go there to catch up first.

Let’s create our awesome proxy now! As explained in part 1, the proxy will take requests and pipe them to the graphql server, parse the response and send the client a stripped down response. The client won’t need the extra data in the tracing body.

import { Agent } from 'http';
import * as express from 'express';
import * as request from 'request';

const app = express();

// create a default request to the original graphQL server
const origin = request.defaults({
  baseUrl: 'http://localhost:5000/',
  agent: new Agent({ keepAlive: true })

// create a default request to metrics api server
const api = request.defaults({
  baseUrl: 'http://localhost:8000/api/',
  agent: new Agent({ keepAlive: true })

// catch all /graphql requests with json body parser
app.use('/graphql', express.json(), (req, res, next) => {
  // we'll save the query string and (optional) operationName
  // build a similar request to the incoming request
  let query, operationName;

  if (req.method === 'POST') {
    query = req.body.query;
    operationName = req.body.operationName;
  } else if (req.method === 'GET') {
    query = req.query.query;
    operationName = req.query.operationName;

  const options = {
    uri: req.originalUrl,
    method: req.method,
    headers: req.headers,
    json: req.body
  origin(options, (err, queryRes, body) => {
    // relay status code to client

    if (queryRes.statusCode > 400) {
      // relay error body/message to client
    } else {
      // now we have the GraphQL response with the extensions metrics
      const { data, errors, extensions } = body;

      // send back response to client with data and/or errors
      res.json({ data, errors });

      if (query) collectMetrics(query, operationName, extensions, errors);

// pipe all other requests (like graphiql) to original
app.all('*', (req, res) => {
  const options = { uri: req.path, qs: req.query };

app.listen(4000, () => {
  console.log('Proxy started http://localhost:4000/graphiql');

 * Collect query metadata and post to metrics api.
 * @param query GraphQL query string.
 * @param operationName (optional)
 * @param extensions object with tracing and/or caching metadata
 * @param errors array of Graphql errors
function collectMetrics(query, operationName, extensions, errors) {
  // clean up query to remove sensitive data from parameters
  query = query.replace(/(\:.*?)(?=\,)|(\:.*?)(?=\))/g, '');
  // remove redundant whitespace
  query = query.replace(/\s+/g, ' ').trim();

  console.log(query, operationName, extensions, errors);

Now if we start the server using yarn start and navigate to the proxy’s graphiQL instead of the mock server, we should be able to make a query and not get any of the extensions object in the response! Meanwhile, in the console you should see the query, operation name, extensions object and, if any, errors. Very cool! Join us next time in part 3 when we take all that data and put it into a postgres database using jsonb and makes some queries!