August 11, 2023

Relay setup automation for CRA, Next.js and Vite


Easy configuration of Relay.js for existing projects

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Setting up Relay can be quite time consuming, since there are many setup steps that might differ depending on the toolchain you use.

The goal of this project is to automate the setup process as much as possible and give you a fast and consistent configuration experience across the most popular React toolchains.

Contrary to many existing tools that aim to solve similiar use cases, this project isn't simply scaffolding a pre-configured boilerplate. We actually analyze your existing code and only insert the necessary Relay configuration pieces.

Supported toolchains

create-relay-app supports:


  1. Scaffold a new project using the toolchain of your choice (as long as it's supported)
  1. If you are inside a Git repository, ensure your working directory is clean, by commiting or discarding any changes.
  2. Run the script inside of the scaffolded directory:
npm/yarn/pnpm create @tobiastengler/relay-app

Note: You can specify -i after the command to walk through an interactive prompt, instead of the script inferring your project's details.

  1. Follow the displayed Next steps to complete the setup (You can also find them here)


npm/yarn/pnpm create @tobiastengler/relay-app [options]


npm requires you to pass -- before any command to a starter kit, e.g.

npm create @tobiastengler/relay-app -- --interactive.

-h, --help

Displays information about all of the available options.

-v, --version

Displays the current version of the script.

-i, --interactive

Displays an interactive prompt that allows you to manually input your project's details for options that weren't supplied as CLI arguments.

Default: false

-t, --toolchain

The toolchain, e.g. bundler and configuration, your project was setup with.


  • next
  • vite
  • cra

Default: next, if the next package is installed. vite, if the vite package is installed and otherwise cra.


If specified, we assume your project is built with TypeScript.

Default: true, if the typescript package is installed or there is a tsconfig.json file in the root directory of your project. Otherwise false.

-f, --schema-file

Specifies the location of the GraphQL schema file inside of your project directory.


A path relative to the root directory of your project and ending in the .graphql extension.

Default: ./src/schema.graphql, if the toolchain is next, otherwise the value of --src joined with schema.graphql.

-s, --src

Specifies the source directory of your project, where the Relay compiler will be run on.


A path to a directory relative to the root directory of your project.

Default: ./, if the toolchain is next, otherwise ./src.

-a, --artifact-directory

Specifies a directory, where all artifacts generated by the Relay compiler will be placed.


A path to a directory relative to the root directory of your project.

Default: ./__generated__, if the toolchain is next, otherwise it's not set.


Adds support for GraphQL Subscriptions via graphql-ws to your network layer.

Default: Not set.

-p, --package-manager

Specify the Node.js package manager to use when packages need to be installed.


  • npm
  • yarn
  • pnpm

Default: yarn, if there's a yarn.lock file and yarn is installed. pnpm, if there's a pnpm-lock.yml file and pnpm is installed. Otherwise the package manager that is executing the script will be used to install packages.


Does not exit the script, if it's run in a directory with un-commited Git changes.

Default: false


Skips the installation of packages.

Default: false

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