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Gatsby add Gatsby

Gatsby Docs

A minimalistic App for creating and viewing Documentation powered by Cosmic JS

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Quick Start

  1. Get this source Code

    Install this software by cloning this repository:

    # create a directory on your machine with this source code inside
    git clone
  2. Install the necessary packages.

    Navigate into your new site’s directory.

    cd gatsby-docs/

    then install with use npm.

    npm install

    or use yarn

    yarn install
  3. Configure your environment variables required for Cosmic JS

    Create a .env file at the root of your project

    touch .env

    Open your .env file and add three environment variables

    # Inside your .env file
  4. Run your development script

    start a development server using pre-built scripts

    yarn develop


    npm run develop
  5. Open the source code and start editing!

    Your site is now running at http://localhost:8000!

    Note: You'll also see a second link: http://localhost:8000/___graphql. This is a tool you can use to experiment with querying your data. Learn more about using this tool in the Gatsby tutorial.

    Open the gatsby-docs directory in your code editor of choice and edit src/pages/index.js. Save your changes and the browser will update in real time!

Project Structure

Here's what you should see when you first install the project.

├── node_modules
├── src
├── .gitignore
├── .prettierrc
├── app.json
├── gatsby-browser.js
├── gatsby-config.js
├── gatsby-node.js
├── gatsby-ssr.js
├── package-lock.json
├── package.json
├── static.json
└── yarn.lock
  1. /node_modules: This directory contains all of the modules of code that your project depends on (npm packages) are automatically installed.

  2. /src: This directory will contain all of the code related to what you will see on the front-end of your site (what you see in the browser) such as your site header or a page template. src is a convention for “source code”.

  3. .gitignore: This file tells git which files it should not track / not maintain a version history for.

  4. .prettierrc: This is a configuration file for Prettier. Prettier is a tool to help keep the formatting of your code consistent.

  5. app.json: this is a configuration for deplying your code on either heroku or Cosmic JS. Acts as a manifest to describing the application for an app container. This one container urls for buildpacks needed for deployment.

  6. gatsby-browser.js: This file is where Gatsby expects to find any usage of the Gatsby browser APIs (if any). These allow customization/extension of default Gatsby settings affecting the browser.

  7. gatsby-config.js: This is the main configuration file for a Gatsby site. This is where you can specify information about your site (metadata) like the site title and description, which Gatsby plugins you’d like to include, etc. (Check out the config docs for more detail).

  8. gatsby-node.js: This file is where Gatsby expects to find any usage of the Gatsby Node APIs (if any). These allow customization/extension of default Gatsby settings affecting pieces of the site build process.

  9. gatsby-ssr.js: This file is where Gatsby expects to find any usage of the Gatsby server-side rendering APIs (if any). These allow customization of default Gatsby settings affecting server-side rendering.

  10. LICENSE: Gatsby is licensed under the MIT license.

  11. package-lock.json (See package.json below, first). This is an automatically generated file based on the exact versions of your npm dependencies that were installed for your project. (You won’t change this file directly).

  12. package.json: A manifest file for Node.js projects, which includes things like metadata (the project’s name, author, etc). This manifest is how npm knows which packages to install for your project.

  13. static.json: A file used with the horokus buildpacks furing deployment. The contents handle static build files.

  14. yarn.lock: a configuration file for yarn to help install dependenies on your local machine.

  15. package-lock.json: a configuration for npm also to help with installation of dependecies on your local machine.

  16. A text file containing useful reference information about your project.

Learning Gatsby

Looking for more guidance? Full documentation for Gatsby lives on the website. Here are some places to start:

  • For most developers, we recommend starting with our in-depth tutorial for creating a site with Gatsby. It starts with zero assumptions about your level of ability and walks through every step of the process.

  • To dive straight into code samples, head to our documentation. In particular, check out the Guides, API Reference, and Advanced Tutorials sections in the sidebar.


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