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GraphQL vs JSON API: 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; JSON API: One of many data formats that is often applied to REST. It is most widely used data format for data interchange on the web. This data interchange can happen between two computers applications at different geographical locations or running within same hardware machine.

GraphQL and JSON API can be categorized as "Query Languages" tools.

GraphQL is an open source tool with 11.8K GitHub stars and 769 GitHub forks. Here's a link to GraphQL's open source repository on GitHub.

Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are some of the popular companies that use GraphQL, whereas JSON API is used by PACE Telematics GmbH, Ranker, and Selleo. GraphQL has a broader approval, being mentioned in 777 company stacks & 3271 developers stacks; compared to JSON API, which is listed in 12 company stacks and 13 developer stacks.

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Pros of GraphQL
Pros of JSON API
  • 70
    Schemas defined by the requests made by the user
  • 62
    Will replace RESTful interfaces
  • 59
    The future of API's
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    The future of databases
  • 12
    Self-documenting
  • 11
    Get many resources in a single request
  • 5
    Ask for what you need, get exactly that
  • 4
    Query Language
  • 3
    Type system
  • 3
    Evolve your API without versions
  • 3
    Fetch different resources in one request
  • 2
    Ease of client creation
  • 2
    Easy setup
  • 2
    GraphiQL
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    Good for apps that query at build time. (SSR/Gatsby)
  • 1
    Backed by Facebook
  • 1
    Easy to learn
  • 1
    "Open" document
  • 1
    Better versioning
  • 1
    Standard
  • 1
    1. Describe your data
  • 1
    Fast prototyping
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    Cons of GraphQL
    Cons of JSON API
    • 3
      Hard to migrate from GraphQL to another technology
    • 3
      More code to type.
    • 1
      Works just like any other API at runtime
    • 1
      Takes longer to build compared to schemaless.
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      What is GraphQL?

      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.

      What is JSON API?

      It is most widely used data format for data interchange on the web. This data interchange can happen between two computers applications at different geographical locations or running within same hardware machine.

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