The postgraphile.tags.json5 file

When running PostGraphile in CLI mode, PostGraphile will automatically look for a postgraphile.tags.json5 file in the current directory, and will process the tags and descriptions therein.

In library mode, you can add a plugin to load the postgraphile.tags.json5 file (see below for details).

Merging/Overriding

If you provide a description for an entity in postgraphile.tags.json5 then that description will override any previous descriptions.

If you provide tags for an entity in postgraphile.tags.json5, those tags will be merged with previous tags overriding tags with the same names but retaining other tags.

File format

The file is in JSON5 (you can just use regular JSON if you prefer, but the extension must be .json5) and is formatted like this:

{
  version: 1,
  config: {
    /*
     * There can be entries here for:
     *
     * - `class`: for tables, composite types, views and materialized views
     * - `attribute`: for columns/attributes (of any 'class' type)
     * - `constraint`: for table constraints
     * - `procedure`: for functions/procedures
     */
    class: {
      /*
       * The next level describes the named type. We've just used the table
       * name `"post"` but it could be `"my_schema.post"` if you have multiple
       * tables with the same name and you don't want this rule to apply to
       * all of them.
       */
      post: {
        /*
         * This will override the description sourced from the PostgreSQL COMMENT.
         */
        description: "A post within our forum.",

        /*
         * Add tags specific to the 'post' table here. You can omit this if you
         * don't want to add any tags.
         */
        tags: {},

        /*
         * We've added a shortcut to class-types so you can tag/describe
         * columns at the same time of the class.
         */
        columns: {
          /*
           * Assuming `body` is one of the columns in the 'post' table.
           */
          body: {
            /*
             * Optional description, if provided overrides the PostgreSQL
             * `COMMENT ON COLUMN post.body`.
             */
            description: "The body of the post",
            tags: {
              /*
               * Here we indicate that the 'body' field will not be available
               * in the update mutation.
               */
              omit: "update",
            },
          },
        },
      },
    },
  },
}

Library usage

Unlike the CLI, PostGraphile library mode doesn't automatically import the postgraphile.tags.json5 file for you, so you need to do a little extra work.

The easiest solution is to use our pre-build plugin bundled with postgraphile:

app.use(
  postgraphile(DATABASE_URL, SCHEMAS, {
    // ...
    appendPlugins: [
      // Automatically loads and watches the 'postgraphile.tags.json5' file:
      require("postgraphile/plugins").TagsFilePlugin,
    ],
  })
);

You could also pass an alternative path to your tags file, e.g.:

const postGraphileOptions = {
  appendPlugins: [
    require("postgraphile/plugins").makePgSmartTagsFromFilePlugin(
      // JSON and JSONC are also JSON5 compatible, so you can use these extensions if you prefer:
      "/path/to/my/tags.file.json"
    ),
  ],
};

If you're trying to avoid the fs module (e.g. because you're using webpack) then a basic smart tags plugin that doesn't read from the file system would look something like this:

// MySmartTagsPlugin.js

const { makeJSONPgSmartTagsPlugin } = require("graphile-utils");

module.exports = makeJSONPgSmartTagsPlugin({
  version: 1,
  config: {
    class: {
      post: {
        tags: {
          omit: "update",
        },
      },
    },
  },
});

You can load this plugin with the appendPlugins library option:

const MySmartTagsPlugin = require("./MySmartTagsPlugin");
app.use(
  postgraphile(DATABASE_URL, SCHEMAS, {
    // ...
    appendPlugins: [MySmartTagsPlugin],
  })
);