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A barebones starter for getting up and running with Gatsby + Drupal.

What to Expect

The point of this repo is to get you started with the Gatsby Default Starter but with a few tweaks to start off with one of your data sources being Drupal.

There is an example of a site like this here, but since it is nested in Gatsby's main repo, it cannot be cloned alone.

After the initial install, if everything works, you can change the endpoint to point to your own Drupal site.


  1. Start a new Gatsby project with: gatsby new [YOUR-SITE]
  2. cd into gatsby-drupal-starter
  3. Run gatsby develop
  4. Go to localhost:8000 and you should see a list of recipe titles

Custom Endpoint

The endpoint in this starter is by default, which is a courtesy endpoint for learning about this process. The endpoint where you want to retrieve your Drupal data is set in the gatsby-config.js file.

Endpoint Requirements

Any endpoint that is defined as a gatsby-source-drupal in gatsby-config.js must:

  1. Be a Drupal site (the gatsby-source-drupal plugin does special parsing with this assumption)
  2. Have the Drupal JSONAPI module installed.

Default Endpoint Data

This repo does not control or cover how to build your Drupal endpoint.

To see the JSON that is returned, hit the API directly in your browser (a JSON viewer is helpful for readability here)

To explore it in GraphQL, use Gatsby's GraphiQL tool by going to http://localhost:8000/___graphql. Once there, below the commented instructions, type a pair of { } keep your cursor between them, and hit ctrl + space to see an autocomplete list of data available for querying. Continue to use this { } + ctrl + space method to explore the many nested levels of the data.

Custom Endpoint Data

When you choose to hit your own endpoint, here is an example of a Drupal 8 endpoint with JSONAPI installed. This example only has one Article as its content.

Custom Design

This repo is basebones when it comes to styles. You can leverage all of Gatsby's data sources (use your Drupal data, Markdown, React components) along with whatever style library (vanilla CSS, styled-components, etc) to begin building your site.

If you think you understand the use of Gatsby source plugins, you can always try another Gatsby starter and add your endpoint the same way it is added in this project.

Further Reading

For more info on Gatsby + Drupal:

For a more detailed documentation of Gatsby, here is another starter I did:

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