GraphQL vs gRPC: What are the differences?
GraphQL: A data query language and runtime. GraphQL is a data query language and runtime designed and used at Facebook to request and deliver data to mobile and web apps since 2012; gRPC: A high performance, open-source universal RPC framework. gRPC is a modern open source high performance RPC framework that can run in any environment. It can efficiently connect services in and across data centers with pluggable support for load balancing, tracing, health checking...
GraphQL can be classified as a tool in the "Query Languages" category, while gRPC is grouped under "Remote Procedure Call (RPC)".
Some of the features offered by GraphQL are:
- Client-specified queries
On the other hand, gRPC provides the following key features:
- Simple service definition
- Works across languages and platforms
- Start quickly and scale
GraphQL and gRPC are both open source tools. It seems that gRPC with 22K GitHub stars and 5.12K forks on GitHub has more adoption than GraphQL with 11.7K GitHub stars and 753 GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, GraphQL has a broader approval, being mentioned in 561 company stacks & 750 developers stacks; compared to gRPC, which is listed in 53 company stacks and 48 developer stacks.
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