Using ApolloClient with node.js. "fetch is not found globally and no fetcher passed"

If you still want to use Apollo Boost in Node.js but need to polyfill the native fetch API of the browser, try out cross-fetch. I used it for my minimal example over here. And that's how it can be used after installing it:

import 'cross-fetch/polyfill';
import ApolloClient from 'apollo-boost';

const client = new ApolloClient({
  uri: '',

It turns out that the ApolloClient provided by the apollo-boost library does not accept a link option. Switching to use the vanilla apollo-client allows you to specify your fetching mechanism.

Although apollo-boost and apollo-client both export an ApolloClient in the docs, they take wildly different options.

import fetch from 'node-fetch'
import { createHttpLink } from 'apollo-link-http'
import { InMemoryCache } from 'apollo-cache-inmemory'

import ApolloClient from 'apollo-client'
import { API_URL } from '...'

const client = new ApolloClient({
  link: createHttpLink({
    uri: API_URL,
    fetch: fetch,
  cache: new InMemoryCache(),

You can add fetch option directly to the ApolloClient from apollo-boost. Here is the example code


import ApolloClient from 'apollo-boost';
import fetch from 'node-fetch';

const client = new ApolloClient({
    fetch: fetch

Tested with apollo-boost version 0.4.3