Apollo Client vs Relay vs GraphQL-Request vs Nanographql
I encourage you to read the full article but if you need the quickest answer. I recommend Apollo Client because of its popularity and full feature set. However, if you do not need caching or package size is a concern GraphQL-Request is my second choice.
Do I need a GraphQL client?
GraphQL clients provide a layer of abstraction. Clients let you focus on what is important to you: getting the data & displaying that data in the UI. Under the hood, most GraphQL requests are making a POST request over HTTP to your endpoint, but can include many more helpful features along the way.
The top GraphQL Clients
Let us dive into and look at the details of each of these GraphQL clients.
Fully featured works with React, Next.js, Angular, Vue and more
Enhanced tooling for Typescript, in browser, & VS Code
Zero-config caching feature
Larger package size 57.7kB, but not too big
Apollo GraphQL is one of the most popular GraphQL clients available. It is owned and maintained by Apollo Graph Inc, and has a significant community supporting it. The large community means there are many tutorials and examples built showing how to use Apollo Client. I highly recommend using Apollo Client.
Created and maintained by Facebook (the original creators of GraphQL)
Small package size 8.4kB
Includes caching feature
Less popular than you would expect
Only built for React or React frameworks (Next.js)
Infrequent releases (As of writing the last release was over a year ago)
Even though Relay was created by Facebook, it is hard to recommend because of the lack of adoption by the community. It is fully featured, but you may not find the same level of support as other GraphQL clients.
Created and maintained by Prisma Labs, GraphQL-Request is a popular lightweight GraphQL client. It is built to be simple and flexible, adding no unnecessary features. It is a great client to pick if all you want to do is make GraphQL requests and do not need advanced features like caching.