Advanced Usage

The Linear Client wraps the Linear SDK, provides a LinearGraphQLClient, and parses errors.

Request Configuration

The LinearGraphQLClient can be configured by passing the RequestInit object to the Linear Client constructor:

const linearClient = new LinearClient({ apiKey, headers: { "my-header": "value" } });

Raw GraphQL Client

The LinearGraphQLClient is accessible through the Linear Client:

const graphQLClient = linearClient.client;
graphQLClient.setHeader("my-header", "value");

Raw GraphQL Queries

The Linear GraphQL API can be queried directly by passing a raw GraphQL query to the LinearGraphQLClient:

const graphQLClient = linearClient.client;
const cycle = await graphQLClient.rawRequest(`
  query cycle($id: String!) {
    cycle(id: $id) {
  { id: "cycle-id" }

Custom GraphQL Client

In order to use a custom GraphQL Client, the Linear SDK must be extended and provided with a request function:

import { LinearError, LinearFetch, LinearRequest, LinearSdk, parseLinearError, UserConnection } from "@linear/sdk";
import { DocumentNode, GraphQLClient, print } from "graphql";
import { CustomGraphqlClient } from "./graphql-client";

/** Create a custom client configured with the Linear API base url and API key */
const customGraphqlClient = new CustomGraphqlClient("", {
  headers: { Authorization: apiKey },

/** Create the custom request function */
const customLinearRequest: LinearRequest = <Response, Variables>(
  document: DocumentNode,
  variables?: Variables
) => {
  /** The request must take a GraphQL document and variables, then return a promise for the result */
  return customGraphqlClient.request<Data>(print(document), variables).catch(error => {
    /** Optionally catch and parse errors from the Linear API */
    throw parseLinearError(error);

/** Extend the Linear SDK to provide a request function using the custom client */
class CustomLinearClient extends LinearSdk {
  public constructor() {

/** Create an instance of the custom client */
const customLinearClient = new CustomLinearClient();

/** Use the custom client as if it were the Linear Client */
async function getUsers(): LinearFetch<UserConnection> {
  const users = await customLinearClient.users();
  return users;

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