Serverless GraphQL Backend-as-a-Service

Focus on your frontend
We took care of everything else.

8base offers an instantly-available Serverless Backend-as-a-Service that powers everything you need to build and run professional-grade web and mobile applications.

Accelerate development
of your digital vision

8base delivers your foundation through our amazingly powerful GraphQL API. This lets you focus on your innovation without worrying about the non-unique aspects of your applications.

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8base gives developers everything they need to

Build powerful applications fast using GraphQL and Serverless

We built 8base to empower web and mobile developers to build powerful applications right the first time, whether for one user or millions. With 8base a small team, even a team of one, can accomplish big things.

How 8base works

Tools built to allow your development teams to produce finished products that they can all be proud of and that perform at web scale.

Define your data model.

8base provides simple to use data modeling and data integration tools that  your team can use to define your data schema.

Import data or enter it yourself.

Use our easy Data Viewer to enter your data like a spreadsheet or import from .csv files.

Query your auto-generated GraphQL API and place it in your frontend components.

8base automatically creates and documents all of your CRUD (Create, Read, Update and Delete) and Subscription operations for instant real-time access to your data.

Configure roles and access permissions.

Set up multiple roles and configure access rights, all with no-code.

Develop backend functions using JavaScript and Typescript.

Create custom JavaScript and TypeScript logic in your favorite IDE and use 8base’s CLI to run it in 8base Serverless Functions. Create functions as GraphQL resolvers, triggers, webhooks or scheduled tasks.

Deploy your frontend on your favorite hosting platform.

We take care of hosting and scaling your backend. All you have to do is host your frontend application, but you can choose whichever hosting platform you prefer.

Use your frontend technology of choice

Every framework has its own features and advantages. 8base integrated with every framework so that you can choose the best fit for your organization.

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Build better apps

Build comprehensive multi-persona, data- and workflow-intensive apps really fast using a full suite of development tools.

Managed Relational Database

Each 8base workspace provides a fully secure and fault-tolerant AWS Aurora MySQL relational database and tools to define comprehensive data schemas and view/populate data.

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Serverless Functions

Extend your applications with custom backend code without needing to manage and scale your own servers. Functions are triggered by events using GraphQL,  Webhooks, database triggers or on a scheduled basis. Serverless functions scale up and down autonomously based upon user demands and you pay for what you use.

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Object Storage

Easily store and share user-generated content like documents, images, audio and video with powerful, simple and cost-effective object storage. Each file is cryptographically secured.

Authentication, Single-Sign-On and User Management

8base auth offers multiple methods to authenticate including using email and password, over 30 single-sign-on providers and connecting your own OpenID provider. Manage users from inside the 8base Console.

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Role-Based Access Controls

Build powerful role-based access controls into your applications with no-code. Customize using code to accomodate more complex scenarios.

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Integrate data housed in 3rd party systems like Cross-connect your external data with your 8base data.

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GraphQL API Engine

8base’s powerful GraphQL API Engine automatically generates all of your CRUD (Create, Read, Update and Delete) operations and subscriptions for objects in your data model and system objects. Your API endpoint includes powerful filtering, full text search, pagination, groupings and aggregations. Extend your API using GraphQL resolvers.

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By Developers, For Developers

8base is great for Developers and the Organizations they work with.

One API to power everything

8base provides an unprecedented developer experience through the world’s most powerful GraphQL API.

Develop faster

Focus on your frontend development rather than managing infrastructure, maintaining APIs or developing backends.

Operate at scale

Build on a managed platform that’s secure, powerful, DevOps-free and scales autonomously when needed.

Do more with less

Conquer larger projects with smaller teams, even a team of one developer.

Build with confidence that you won’t be locked in.

Unlike other platforms, 8base uses standards and widely accepted technologies to ensure your intellectual property can be ported to other platforms if the need ever arises.

Amazon Web Services

8base is built on AWS so you never have to worry about infrastructure limitations or downtime.

JavaScript and TypeScript

8base allows developers to code full-stack applications using languages that 70% of professional developers know.


MySQL is an open-source database used by millions of organizations worldwide. You own your data & can easily take it with you if you decide to migrate off of 8base.


GraphQL is an open source data query & manipulation language for APIs, & a runtime for fulfilling queries with existing data.

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What Are Developers Saying About 8base?

chief of product development at cobuild lab
Angel Lacret
Chief of Product Development @ Cobuild Lab
“8base cuts in half all the things that you need to do to create a well-designed application.”
front-end developer and ux/ui designer for ibm
Eva Hankova
Front-end Developer, UI/UX Designer @ IBM
"8base's GraphQL API is amazing! It gives me everything I need to quickly build front-end apps with robust filters, sorting and pagination for my data with zero backend work."
chief technology officer for evidencecare
Ryan Macy
chief technology officer @ EvidenceCare
"GraphQL is a really amazing solution for a very serious problem, which is making APIs as usable as a UIs. That’s pretty much a requirement today for creating a great developer experience.”
senior developer advocate for microsoft
Christian Nwamba
Senior Developer Advocate @ Microsoft
“8base is a life-changing tool for developers. It's like Firebase but with GraphQL, relational data, flexibility and extensibility. I absolutely love it!”
front-end developer for w+r studios
Sky Winston
Front-End Developer @ W+R Studios
“Speaking on behalf of front-end developers, what we don’t have is a way to easily get a back-end up and running. That’s why I’m so excited about 8base. It’s where I can go to do just that."
analyst for it partners limited
Sam Woolerton
Analyst @ IT Partners Limited
" I detest DevOps, database migrations, and that sort of stuff. And literally, 8base handles all of that. So, it’s perfect for me. "
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Frequently Asked Questions

What cloud provider does 8base utilize?

8base utilizes Amazon Web Services (AWS) for workspace databases (Aurora MySQL), file/object storage (S3), realtime events and notifications (SNS), and serverless computing (Lambda).

Does 8base utilize an open source GraphQL engine?

8base uses some open source tooling, like Apollo Server. However, we’ve invested heavily in building our own GraphQL Engine that is a core innovation of the 8base platform. This GraphQL Engine is not open source and we continually work on advancing its feature functionality.

What is GraphQL?

GraphQL is an open-source data query and manipulation language for APIs, and a runtime for fulfilling queries with existing data. GraphQL was developed internally by Facebook in 2012 before being publicly released in 2015. In 2018, the GraphQL project was moved from Facebook to the newly-established GraphQL Foundation, hosted by the non-profit Linux Foundation.

It provides an approach to developing web APIs that’s different from REST and other web service architectures. GraphQL consists of a type system, query language and execution semantics, static validation, and type introspection. 8base GraphQL automatically supports reading, writing (mutating), and subscribing to changes to data (realtime updates – most commonly implemented using WebHooks).

This What is GraphQL Video helps to describe the concept.

What is the value of 8base?

Developers can...

  • Easily get up and running with an instantly available backend and auto-generated GraphQL API.
  • Avoid having to spend any time maintaining infrastructure.
  • Pull data into any front-end or mobile client, building fully-functional applications.
  • Work faster while enjoying a great developer experience.

Non-developers can...

  • Quickly build powerful digital products. 
  • Use less money and smaller teams to develop scalable, professional-grade applications.
  • Leverage the 8base Labs Team to help you design and develop your product

Is 8base open source?

The 8base team maintains the software and infrastructure behind 8base and provides support if anything goes wrong. We love the open-source philosophy and we use a lot of open-source tools ourselves, but 8base itself is not open source.

What programming languages does 8base support?

8base serverless functions utilize Node.js, an open-source, cross-platform, JavaScript runtime environment that executes JavaScript code on the server-side. 8base's serverless environment supports backend functions written in JavaScript and its superset, TypeScript.

What type of database does an 8base workspace use?

Each 8base workspace provides an Aurora MySQL Relational Database Management System (RDBMS). The standard database is provisioned as a dedicated  instance in a shared cluster that’s hosted in the AWS East Region. In our custom pricing tier, 8base offers the ability to upsize the database environment, move to a dedicated cluster, move to another AWS region, and even create a global cluster.

What do people make with 8base?

8base was made to support the needs of professional-grade applications. To us, this means applications that are for business or are the business, as is the case with a startup or scale-up's digital product. Professional-grade applications typically support multiple personas (roles). These applications are also typically data-intensive and workflow-intensive while supporting web and mobile clients.

Common types of applications include:

  • Multi-tenant Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications.
  • Marketplaces, social networks and other network-centric applications.
  • Portals and customer experience applications.
  • Internal applications where off-the-shelf SaaS products either do not address the need well or are too expensive to be used.
  • Administrative parts of virtual / augmented reality applications.
  • Games.
  • API-only applications.
  • Jamstack applications such as static-site generators.
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