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An API-first CMS for Parse Server


First off, before you can run Chisel, you need our Parse Server setup.

There's lots of options for setting up Parse Server, from running it on your local device, to deploying to many easy to setup hosting services.

Make a note of your Parse Server URL and your App ID, you will need it to start Chisel.

Chisel Setup Options

Build from Repository

You can run Chisel from this Github repository.

Clone the repo

git clone <repo>
cd chisel

Then setup dependencies:

# install dependencies
npm install

Then run:

# serve development build with hot reload at localhost:9000
npm run start

# executes production build with minification, used by NPM method
npm run build

See below how to setup connection parameters.

Install from NPM

Parse Server is available via NPM

npm install -g chisel-cms

to run Chisel

chisel-cms --appId <APP_ID> --serverURL <>

Visit your preferred browser on http://localhost:9000


There are several parameters of Chisel:

  • Port — server port for local run or development run.
  • Parse Server URL
  • Application ID — ID of application at the Parse Server
  • JS key, REST key — keys for queries to the Parse Server. As a rule, JS key and REST key are not using now.

Ways of setup them (descending priority):

  • Parameters of command line (for local run)
  • Parameters in process.env
  • Defaults (defined in ConnectConstants.js)

Parameter names:

Parameter Command line chisel-config.json process.env Default
Port --port PORT 9000
Parse Server URL --serverURL configServerURL REACT_APP_SERVER_URL http://localhost:1337/parse
Application ID --appId configAppId REACT_APP_APP_ID SampleAppId
JS key --JSkey configJSkey JS_KEY
REST key --RESTkey configRESTkey REST_KEY

Publishing Chisel

Chisel can be compiled and served via a Static Site hosting platform, such as our own Forge service.

If you are running Chisel from a cloned repository, you can

npm run build

This will output a dist folder, which can be uploaded to a Forge site.

You could also fork Chisel and link the Github repo to your Forge site and auto-deploy from Github.

You could also push up the Chisel project folder and let Forge's Webpack build service compile and deploy the Chisel site for you

Many options to suit your workflow.