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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:

Contents

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.
  • Browser-side environmental variables managed with Next.js and webpack's process.env substitution (see ./app/.env.blueprint).
  • 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.
  • Docker CE Integration:
    • spawn MongoDB database for development.
    • stage service stack with lean container images.
  • 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.

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.

    api/.env:

    # Used in api/server/app.ts
    MONGO_URL=mongodb://saas:secret@localhost:27017/saas
    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=pedro@pmc.digital
    
    # 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
    
    # Optionally determine the URL
    URL_APP=http://localhost:3000
    URL_API=http://localhost:8000
    COOKIE_DOMAIN=localhost
    

    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 install 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 yarn dev and navigate to http://localhost:3000:

    • A .env file in the app folder is not required to run, but you can create one to override the default variables:
      STRIPEPUBLISHABLEKEY=pk_test_xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
      BUCKET_FOR_POSTS=xxxxxx
      BUCKET_FOR_TEAM_AVATARS=xxxxxx
      LAMBDA_API_ENDPOINT=xxxxxxapi
      URL_APP=http://localhost:3000
      URL_API=http://localhost:8000
      GA_TRACKING_ID=
    
    • 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.
  • 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>http://app.saas.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 URL_APP. In our case, it's https://saas-app.async-await.com for production, http://app.saas.localhost:3000 for staging locally and http://localhost:3000 for development.

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

    yarn dev
    

Run both app and api in the same shell

  • Install dependencies: either run yarn install --no-lockfile at project's root or go to app and api folders and run yarn install in each folder.
  • Add env variables as shown above, and then run yarn dev on the root of the project, it should initiate both api and app on the same shell. Alternatively, start each app in its own terminal shell by going to app and api folders and running yarn dev in each folder.

Stage database for development with Docker

If you're not DB ready when starting the boilerplate, you can now spawn a mongo docker container with yarn stage:db on the root of the project that will configure a default database and users.

The compose file is configured to stage the db with default values, but you can override them with a new root .env file (more details below) containing the expected variables to launch a mongo docker image, and mongo-express. My recommended stage settings are:

MONGO_INITDB_ROOT_USERNAME=root
MONGO_INITDB_ROOT_PASSWORD=supersecret
MONGO_INITDB_DATABASE=saas
MONGO_NON_ROOT_USERNAME=saas
MONGO_NON_ROOT_PASSWORD=secret

# mongo-express config
ME_CONFIG_MONGODB_SERVER=saas-mongo
ME_CONFIG_MONGODB_ADMINUSERNAME=root
ME_CONFIG_MONGODB_ADMINPASSWORD=supersecret

Once it starts you need to have MONGO_URL=mongodb://saas:secret@localhost:27017/saas connection string on your api/.env because the container exposes port 27017 to consume under localhost instead of being on the same network.

Please note the docker-compose.yml configuration includes a volume for saas-mongo that persists data to your local path /tmp/saas-db across container restarts.

Stage apps locally with Docker

Use docker-compose to build a new stack of the services whenever you change dependencies, refactor, or you can also use this workflow if you don't want to install all the dependencies to build the stack.

Create the new root .env file (as shown bellow) and then run yarn stage on the project's root directory to build the images, and then yarn stage:start to start the containers. The app will be available on http://app.saas.localhost:3000.

On another shell run yarn stage:stop and yarn stage:clean to stop all the container and clean them.

With the containers running you can also sh into them by running yarn sh:api or yarn sh:app, there are other scripts, please have a look at the root's project.json file.

Please note the first time you run the stage, there maybe a connection timeout whilst the mongo instance creates the first database/user, if that's the case just restart the stack.

Example new root .env for staging with Docker

This file is optional and only if you would like to use docker-compose to stage the project.

# compose
COMPOSE_TAG_NAME=stage

# common to api and app (build and run)
LOG_LEVEL=notice
NODE_ENV=development
URL_APP=http://app.saas.localhost:3000
URL_API=http://api.saas.localhost:8000
API_PORT=8000
APP_PORT=3000

# api (run)
MONGO_URL=mongodb://saas:secret@saas-mongo:27017/saas
SESSION_NAME=saas.localhost.sid
SESSION_SECRET=3NvS3Cr3t!
COOKIE_DOMAIN=.saas.localhost
GOOGLE_CLIENTID=
GOOGLE_CLIENTSECRET=
AMAZON_ACCESSKEYID=
AMAZON_SECRETACCESSKEY=
EMAIL_SUPPORT_FROM_ADDRESS=
MAILCHIMP_API_KEY=
MAILCHIMP_REGION=
MAILCHIMP_SAAS_ALL_LIST_ID=
STRIPE_TEST_SECRETKEY=
STRIPE_LIVE_SECRETKEY=
STRIPE_TEST_PUBLISHABLEKEY=
STRIPE_LIVE_PUBLISHABLEKEY=
STRIPE_TEST_PLANID=
STRIPE_LIVE_PLANID=
STRIPE_LIVE_ENDPOINTSECRET=

# app (build and run)
STRIPEPUBLISHABLEKEY=
BUCKET_FOR_POSTS=
BUCKET_FOR_TEAM_AVATARS=
LAMBDA_API_ENDPOINT=
GA_TRACKING_ID=

# mongo config
MONGO_INITDB_ROOT_USERNAME=root
MONGO_INITDB_ROOT_PASSWORD=supersecret
MONGO_INITDB_DATABASE=saas
MONGO_NON_ROOT_USERNAME=saas
MONGO_NON_ROOT_PASSWORD=secret

# mongo-express config
ME_CONFIG_MONGODB_SERVER=saas-mongo
ME_CONFIG_MONGODB_ADMINUSERNAME=root
ME_CONFIG_MONGODB_ADMINPASSWORD=supersecret

Deploy with Heroku

To deploy the two apps (api and app), you can follow these instructions to deploy each app individually to Heroku:

https://github.com/builderbook/builderbook/blob/master/README.md#deploy-to-heroku

You are welcome to deploy to any cloud provider. Eventually, we will publish a tutorial for AWS Elastic Beanstalk.

Built with

For more detail, check package.json files in both app and api folders and project's root.

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 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

├── .vscode
│   ├── launch.json
│   └── settings.json
├── api
│   ├── 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
│   │   ├── auth.ts
│   │   ├── aws-s3.ts
│   │   ├── aws-ses.ts
│   │   ├── consts.ts
│   │   ├── env.ts
│   │   ├── logs.ts
│   │   ├── mailchimp.ts
│   │   ├── passwordless.ts
│   │   ├── realtime.ts
│   │   └── stripe.ts
│   ├── static
│   │   └── robots.txt
│   ├── test
│   │   ├── server
│   │   │   └── utils
│   │   └── tsconfig.json
│   ├── .dockerignore
│   ├── .env
│   ├── .gitignore
│   ├── .node-dev.json
│   ├── .npmignore
│   ├── Dockerfile
│   ├── README.md
│   ├── package.json
│   ├── tsconfig.json
│   ├── tslint.json
│   └── yarn.lock
├── app
│   ├── components
│   │   ├── common
│   │   │   ├── ActiveLink.tsx
│   │   │   ├── AutoComplete.tsx
│   │   │   ├── AvatarwithMenu.tsx
│   │   │   ├── Confirm.tsx
│   │   │   ├── Loading.tsx
│   │   │   ├── LoginButton.tsx
│   │   │   ├── MenuWithLinks.tsx
│   │   │   ├── MenuWithMenuItems.tsx
│   │   │   └── Notifier.tsx
│   │   ├── discussions
│   │   │   ├── CreateDiscussionForm.tsx
│   │   │   ├── DiscussionActionMenu.tsx
│   │   │   ├── DiscussionList.tsx
│   │   │   ├── DiscussionListItem.tsx
│   │   │   └── EditDiscussionForm.tsx
│   │   ├── layout
│   │   │   ├── index.tsx
│   │   │   └── menus.ts
│   │   ├── posts
│   │   │   ├── PostContent.tsx
│   │   │   ├── PostDetail.tsx
│   │   │   ├── PostEditor.tsx
│   │   │   └── PostForm.tsx
│   │   ├── teams
│   │   │   └── InviteMember.tsx
│   │   └── users
│   │       └── MemberChooser.tsx
│   ├── lib
│   │   ├── api
│   │   │   ├── 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
│   │   ├── consts.ts
│   │   ├── context.ts
│   │   ├── gtag.ts
│   │   ├── isMobile.ts
│   │   ├── notifier.ts
│   │   ├── resizeImage.ts
│   │   ├── sharedStyles.ts
│   │   ├── withAuth.tsx
│   │   └── withStore.tsx
│   ├── pages
│   │   ├── _app.tsx
│   │   ├── _document.tsx
│   │   ├── billing.tsx
│   │   ├── create-team.tsx
│   │   ├── discussion.tsx
│   │   ├── invitation.tsx
│   │   ├── login.tsx
│   │   ├── team-settings.tsx
│   │   └── your-settings.tsx
│   ├── server
│   │   ├── app.ts
│   │   ├── env.ts
│   │   └── routesWithSlug.ts
│   ├── static
│   │   └── robots.txt
│   ├── .babelrc
│   ├── .dockerignore
│   ├── .env
│   ├── .env.blueprint
│   ├── .gitignore
│   ├── .npmignore
│   ├── Dockerfile
│   ├── README.md
│   ├── next.config.js
│   ├── package.json
│   ├── tsconfig.json
│   ├── tsconfig.server.json
│   ├── tslint.json
│   └── yarn.lock
├── lambda
│   ├── src
│   │   ├── api -> ../../api/server
│   │   └── sendEmailForNewPost.ts
│   ├── .gitignore
│   ├── README.md
│   ├── handler.ts
│   ├── package.json
│   ├── serverless.yml
│   ├── tsconfig.json
│   ├── tslint.json
│   └── yarn.lock
├── .env
├── .gitignore
├── .prettierrc.js
├── LICENSE.md
├── README.md
├── docker-compose.yml
├── mongo-user.sh
└── package.json
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