Tyk Dashboard v4.2

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Release Highlights

GraphQL Federation improvements

Changed GUI in Universal Data Graph configuration section.

A new GUI introduces enhancements to the user experience and more consistent user journey for UDG. This change does not yet cover all possible use cases and is released with a feature flag. To enable the new GUI, analytics.conf needs the following setting:

"ui": {
  "dev": true

What’s possible with this change:

  • Importing GraphQL schema created outside of Tyk (formats accepted .json, .graphql, .grahqls)
  • Creating GraphQL schema in Tyk using schema editor
  • Hide/Unhide schema editor to focus on graphical representation of the schema
  • Resizing schema editor to adjust workspace look & feel to user preferences
  • Improved search in schema editor (search and search & replace available)
  • Quick link to UDG documentation from schema editor

Note: Full configuration of new Universal Data Graph is not yet possible in the GUI, however any UDGs created earlier will not be broken and will work as previously.

Changes to federation entities

Defining the base entity

Entities must be defined with the @key directive. The fields argument must reference a field by which the entity can be uniquely identified. Multiple primary keys are possible. For example:

Subgraph 1 (base entity):

type MyEntity @key(fields: "id") @key(fields: "name") {
  id: ID!
  name: String!

Attempting to extend a non-entity with an extension that includes the @key directive or attempting to extend a base entity with an extension that does not include the @key directive will both result in errors.

Entity stubs

Entities cannot be shared types (be defined in more than one single subgraph). If one subgraph references a base entity (an entity defined in another subgraph), that reference must be declared as a stub (stubs look like an extension without any new fields in federation v1). This stub would contain the minimal amount of information to identify the entity (referencing exactly one of the primary keys on the base entity regardless of whether there are multiple primary keys on the base entity). For example, a stub for MyEntity from Subgraph 1 (defined above):

Subgraph 2 (stub)

extend type MyEntity @key(fields: "id") {
  id: ID! @external
Supergraph extension orphans

It is now possible to define an extension for a type in a subgraph that does not define the base type. However, if an extension is unresolved (an extension orphan) after an attempted federation, the federation will fail and produce an error.

Improved Dashboard UI and error messages

GraphQL-related (for example when federating subgraphs into a supergraph) errors in the Dashboard UI will show a lean error message with no irrelevant prefixes or suffixes.

Changed the look & feel of request logs in Playground tab for GraphQL APIs. New component presents all logs in a clearer way and is easier to read for the user

Shared types

Types of the same name can be defined in more than one subgraph (a shared type). This will no longer produce an error if each definition is identical. Shared types cannot be extended outside of the current subgraph, and the resolved extension must be identical to the resolved extension of the shared type in all other subgraphs (see subgraph normalisation notes). Attempting to extend a shared type will result in an error. The federated supergraph will include a single definition of a shared type, regardless of how many times it has been identically defined in its subgraphs.

Subgraph normalisation before federation

Extensions of types whose base type is defined in the same subgraph will be resolved before an attempt at federation. A valid example involving a shared type:

Subgraph 1:

enum Example {

extend enum Example {

Subgraph 2:

enum Example {

The enum named “Example” defined in Subgraph 1 would resolve to be identical to the same-named enum defined in Subgraph 2 before federation takes place. The resulting supergraph would include a single definition of this enum.


Union members must be both unique and defined. Types must have bodies, e.g., enums must contain at least one value; inputs, interfaces, or objects must contain at least one field


Added support for the Request Body Transform middleware, for new Tyk OAS API Definitions.

Universal Data Graph

Added support for Kafka as a data source in Universal Data Graph. Configuration allows the user to provide multiple topics and broker addresses.



  • Added support for Kafka as a data source in Universal Data Graph.
  • Added support for the Request Body Transform middleware for OAS based APIs


  • Improved GraphQL Dashboard UI error messages
  • Changed GUI in Universal Data Graph
  • Changed look & feel of request logs in Playground tab for GraphQL APIs.


  • Fixed an issue with key lookup where keys were not being found when using the search field
  • Fixed an issue with object types dropdown in Universal Data Graph config, where it wasn’t working correctly when object type UNION was chosen
  • Fixed an issue in Universal Data Graph which prevented users from injecting an argument value or parameter value in the domain part of the defined data source upstream URL

Updated Versions

Tyk Dashboard 4.2

Upgrade process

Follow the standard upgrade guide, there are no breaking changes in this release.

If you want switch from MongoDB to SQL, you can use our migration tool, but keep in mind that it does not yet support the migration of your analytics data.