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Boilerplate App for SaaS Product

Open source web app that saves you weeks of work when building your own SaaS product.

  • The boilerplate app comes with many basic SaaS features (see Features below) so that you are able to focus on features that differentiate your product.
  • We built this boilerplate for ourselves to focus more on what matters. We've used it to quickly launch async, builderbook, and other real-world SaaS web apps.

Live demo:

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Features

  • Server-side rendering for fast initial load and SEO.
  • User authentication with Google, cookie, and session.
  • Production-ready Express server with compression, parser, and helmet.
  • Transactional emails (AWS SES): welcome, team invitation, and payment.
  • Adding email addresses to newsletter lists (Mailchimp): new users, paying users.
  • File upload, load, and deletion (AWS S3) with pre-signed request for: Posts, Team Profile, and User Profile.
  • Team creation, Team Member invitation, and settings for Team and User.
  • Opinionated architecture:
    • keeping babel and webpack configurations under the hood,
    • striving to minimize number of configurations,
    • withAuth HOC to pass user prop and control user access to pages,
    • withLayout HOC for shared layout and to pass additional data to pages,
    • withStore HOC, developer-friendly state management with MobX,
    • server-side rendering with Material-UI,
    • model-specific components in addition to common components.
  • Universally-available environmental variables at runtime.
  • Server-side environmental variables managed with dotenv.
  • Custom logger (configure what not to print in production).
  • Useful components for any web app: ActiveLink, AutoComplete, Confirm, Notifier, MenuWithLinks, and more.
  • Analytics with Google Analytics.
  • Production-ready, scalable architecture:
    • app - user-facing web app with Next/Express server, responsible for rendering pages (either client-side or server-side). app sends requests via API methods and fetch to api server's Express routes.
    • api - server-only web app with Express server, responsible for processing requests for internal and external APIs.
    • we prepared both apps for easy deployment to now by Zeit.
  • Subscriptions with Stripe:
    • subscribe/unsubscribe Team to plan,
    • update card information,
    • verified Stripe webhook for failed payment for subscription.

Run locally

To run locally, you will need to run two apps: api and app.

Running api locally:

  • Before running, create a .env file inside the api folder with the environmental variables listed below.
    This file must have values for the required variables.
    To use all features and third-party integrations, also add the optional variables.

    .env:

    # Used in api/server/app.ts
    MONGO_URL="xxxxxx"
    MONGO_URL_TEST="xxxxxx"
    SESSION_NAME="xxxxxx"
    SESSION_SECRET="xxxxxx"
    
    # Used in api/server/google.ts
    Google_clientID="xxxxxx"
    Google_clientSecret="xxxxxx"
    
    # Used in api/server/aws-s3.ts and api/server/aws-ses.ts
    Amazon_accessKeyId="xxxxxx"
    Amazon_secretAccessKey="xxxxxx"
    
    # Used in api/server/models/Invitation.ts and api/server/models/User.ts
    EMAIL_SUPPORT_FROM_ADDRESS="xxxxxx"
    
    # Used in api/server/mailchimp.ts
    MAILCHIMP_API_KEY="xxxxxx"
    MAILCHIMP_REGION="xxxx"
    MAILCHIMP_SAAS_ALL_LIST_ID="xxxxxx"
    
    # All env variables above this line are needed for successful user signup
    
    # Used in api/server/stripe.ts
    Stripe_Test_SecretKey="sk_test_xxxxxx"
    Stripe_Live_SecretKey="sk_live_xxxxxx"
    
    Stripe_Test_PublishableKey="pk_test_xxxxxx"
    Stripe_Live_PublishableKey="pk_live_xxxxxx"
    
    Stripe_Test_PlanId="plan_xxxxxx"
    Stripe_Live_PlanId="plan_xxxxxx"
    
    Stripe_Live_EndpointSecret="whsec_xxxxxx"
    
    PRODUCTION_URL_APP="https://saas-app.async-await.com"
    PRODUCTION_URL_API="https://saas-api.async-await.com"
    

    Important: The above environmental variables are available on the server only. You should add your .env file to .gitignore inside the api folder so that your secret keys are not stored on a remote Github repo.

  • Once .env is created, you can run the api app. Navigate to the api folder, run yarn to add all packages, then run the command below:

    yarn dev
    

Running app locally:

  • Navigate to the app folder, run yarn to add all packages, then run the command below and navigate to http://localhost:3000:
    GA_TRACKING_ID=UA-xxxxxxxxx-x StripePublishableKey=pk_test_xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx BUCKET_FOR_POSTS=xxxxxx BUCKET_FOR_TEAM_AVATARS=xxxxxx yarn dev
    
    • To get GA_TRACKING_ID, set up Google Analytics and follow these instructions to find your tracking ID.
    • To get StripePublishableKey, go to your Stripe dashboard, click Developers, then click API keys.

As you can see, we don't have PRODUCTION_URL_APP and PRODUCTION_URL_API env variables in the above command. In dev environment, corresponding values arehttp://localhost:3000 and http://localhost:8000.

For successful file uploading, make sure your buckets have proper CORS configuration. Go to your AWS account, find your bucket, go to Permissions > CORS configuration, add:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<CORSConfiguration xmlns="http://s3.amazonaws.com/doc/2006-03-01/">
<CORSRule>
    <AllowedOrigin>http://localhost:3000</AllowedOrigin>
    <AllowedOrigin>https://saas-app.async-await.com</AllowedOrigin>
    <AllowedMethod>POST</AllowedMethod>
    <AllowedMethod>GET</AllowedMethod>
    <AllowedMethod>PUT</AllowedMethod>
    <AllowedMethod>DELETE</AllowedMethod>
    <AllowedMethod>HEAD</AllowedMethod>
    <ExposeHeader>ETag</ExposeHeader>
    <ExposeHeader>x-amz-meta-custom-header</ExposeHeader>
    <AllowedHeader>*</AllowedHeader>
</CORSRule>
</CORSConfiguration>

Make sure to update allowed origin with your actual PRODUCTION_URL_APP. In our case, it's https://saas-app.async-await.com.

Deploy

To deploy the two apps (api and app), follow the instructions below.

  • Inside the api folder, create a now.json file with the following content:

    {
      "env": {
          "NODE_ENV": "production"
      },
      "dotenv": true,
      "alias": "your-api-url.com",
      "scale": {
        "sfo1": {
          "min": 1,
          "max": 1
        }
      }
    }
    

    Remember to edit now.json so it reflects your domain.

  • Inside the app folder, create a now.json file with the following content:

    {
      "env": {
          "NODE_ENV": "production",
          "GA_TRACKING_ID": "UA-xxxxxxxxx-x",
          "StripePublishableKey": "pk_live_xxxxxx",
          "PRODUCTION_URL_APP": "https://your-app-url.com",
          "PRODUCTION_URL_API": "https://your-api-url.com",
          "BUCKET_FOR_POSTS": "xxxxxx",
          "BUCKET_FOR_TEAM_AVATARS": "xxxxxx"
          
      },
      "alias": "your-app-url.com",
      "scale": {
        "sfo1": {
          "min": 1,
          "max": 1
        }
      }
    }
    

    Remember to edit now.json so it reflects your GA_TRACKING_ID and domains.

  • Follow these simple steps to deploy each app to Now cloud by Zeit.

Learn how to configure and scale your deployment: Now docs.

You are welcome to deploy to any cloud provider. We plan to publish a tutorial for AWS Elastic Beanstalk.

Built with

For more detail, check package.json files in both app and api folders.

To customize styles, check this guide.

Screenshots

Dashboard showing Discussion > Posts: 1_discussion

Adding a Post, Markdown vs. HTML view: 2_markdown 3_html

Settings for Team Members: 4_teammember

Team Billing: 5_teambilling

Settings for Team Profile: 6_teamprofile

Settings for Personal Profile: 7_personalprofile

Add/Update card with Stripe: 8_stripe

Menu dropdown to switch between Teams: 9_switchteam

Showcase

Check out projects built with the code in this open source app. Feel free to add your own project by creating a pull request.

  • Async: asynchronous communication and project management tool for small teams of software engineers.
  • Retaino by Earl Lee : Save, annotate, review, and share great web content. Receive smart email digests to retain key information.
  • Builder Book: Open source web app to publish documentation or books. Built with React, Material-UI, Next, Express, Mongoose, MongoDB.
  • Harbor: Open source web app that allows anyone with a Gmail account to automatically charge for advice sent via email.

Contributing

If you'd like to contribute, check our todo list for features you can discuss and add. To report a bug, create an issue.

Want to support this project? Sign up at async and/or buy our book.

Team

You can contact us at team@async-await.com.

License

All code in this repository is provided under the MIT License.

Project structure

Structure for api app:

├── server
│   ├── api
│   │   ├── index.ts
│   │   ├── public.ts
│   │   ├── team-leader.ts
│   │   ├── team-member.ts
│   ├── models
│   │   ├── Discussion.ts
│   │   ├── EmailTemplate.ts
│   │   ├── Invitation.ts
│   │   ├── Post.ts
│   │   ├── Purchase.ts
│   │   ├── Team.ts
│   │   ├── User.ts
│   ├── utils
│   │   ├── slugify.ts
│   ├── app.ts
│   ├── aws-s3.ts
│   ├── aws-ses.ts
│   ├── google.ts
│   ├── logs.ts
│   ├── mailchimp.ts
│   ├── stripe.ts
├── static
├── test/server/utils
├── .eslintrc.js
├── .gitignore
├── .npmignore
├── nodemon.js             
├── package.json
├── tsconfig.json
├── yarn.lock

Structure for app app:

├── components
│   ├── common
│   │   ├── ActiveLink.tsx
│   │   ├── AutoComplete.tsx
│   │   ├── AvatarwithMenu.tsx
│   │   ├── Confirm.tsx
│   │   ├── Loading.tsx
│   │   ├── LoginButton.tsx
│   │   ├── MenuWithLinks.tsx
│   │   ├── MenuWithMenuItems.tsx
│   │   ├── Notifier.tsx
│   │   ├── SettingList.tsx
│   ├── discussions
│   │   ├── CreateDiscussionForm.tsx
│   │   ├── DiscussionActionMenu.tsx
│   │   ├── DiscussionList.tsx
│   │   ├── DiscussionListItem.tsx
│   │   ├── EditDiscussionForm.tsx
│   ├── posts
│   │   ├── PostContent.tsx
│   │   ├── PostDetail.tsx
│   │   ├── PostEditor.tsx
│   │   ├── PostForm.tsx
│   ├── teams
│   │   ├── InviteMember.tsx
│   ├── users
│   │   ├── MemberChooser.tsx
├── lib
│   ├── api
│   │   ├── getRootUrl.ts
│   │   ├── makeQueryString.ts
│   │   ├── public.ts
│   │   ├── sendRequestAndGetResponse.ts
│   │   ├── team-leader.ts
│   │   ├── team-member.ts
│   ├── store
│   │   ├── discussion.ts
│   │   ├── index.ts
│   │   ├── invitation.ts
│   │   ├── post.ts
│   │   ├── team.ts
│   │   ├── user.ts
│   ├── confirm.ts
│   ├── context.ts
│   ├── env.js
│   ├── gtag.js
│   ├── notifier.ts
│   ├── resizeImage.ts
│   ├── sharedStyles.ts
│   ├── withAuth.tsx
│   ├── withLayout.tsx
│   ├── withStore.tsx
├── pages
│   ├── settings
│   │   ├── team-billing.tsx
│   │   ├── team-members.tsx
│   │   ├── team-profile.tsx
│   │   ├── your-profile.tsx
│   ├── _document.tsx
│   ├── create-team.tsx
│   ├── discussion.tsx
│   ├── invitation.tsx
│   ├── login.tsx
├── server
│   ├── app.ts
│   ├── routesWithSlug.ts
├── static
│   ├── robots.txt
├── .babelrc
├── .eslintrc.js
├── .gitignore
├── .npmignore
├── next.config.js
├── nodemon.json
├── package.json
├── tsconfig.json
├── tsconfig.server.json
├── .tslint.json
├── yarn.lock
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