The graphql function in Apollo  client wraps queries with a data property. The canonical component wrapped with a query should look like this:

const MyComponent = props => {

  const { data: { loading, error, data_name } } = this.props;
  if (loading) {
    return <p>Loading...</p>;
  } else if (error) {
    return <p>Error!</p>;
  } else {
    return (
        { blah blah }


I’ve been using the pattern of wrapping a super-presentational component in the graphql component, so that file only really deals with one thing. This might be overkill; I could also write the file that the graphql HOC wraps in another file, too, and just remember to process the loading, error, and returned data.

The form typically given in the tutorials and docs looks rather like this when put all together:

import React from 'react'
// import PropTypes from 'prop-types'
import styled from 'styled-components'
import {graphql, gql} from 'react-apollo'
import PostSummary from './PostSummary'

const listPosts = gql`query Posts{viewer {public_posts {id title excerpt publishedAt}}}`

const PostsIndex = props => {
  const { data: { loading, error, viewer}, } = props

  if (loading) return <Loading>Loading...</Loading>
  if (error) return (

  const {public_posts} = viewer

  if (!public_posts) return (
    <PostsListing {}>No posts</PostsListing>

  return (
    <PostsListing {}>
      {, idx) => {
        return <PostSummary post={post} key={idx} />

const PostsIndexWithData = graphql(listPosts)(PostsIndex)

PostsIndexWithData.propTypes = {}
PostsIndexWithData.defaultProps = {}

export default PostsIndexWithData

const Loading = styled.div`
  font-size: 2em;
  color: RebeccaPurple;
  background-color: PapayaWhip;
  margin: 10px;
  padding: 10px;

const Error = styled.div`
  backgound-color: rgb(245, 147, 156, 0.7);
  color: red;
  border: 1 solid red;
  margin: 10px;
  padding: 10px;

const PostsListing = styled.div`
  backgound-color: rgb(252, 243, 207, 0.7);
  color: black;
  border: 1 solid black;
  margin: 10px;
  padding: 10px;

My small learning project supporting this learning is at Feel free to contribute, comment, etc. I’m still a beginner at this and would appreciate feedback.