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Gatsby Theme Amsterdam

Gatsby Theme Amsterdam is released under the MIT license. Current npm package version. Downloads per month on npm. Total downloads on npm. PRs welcome! Follow @ryanwiemer

A Gatsby theme for artists, photographers and other creative folks.

Demo Website


  • Minimal responsive design
  • Optional page transitions
  • Multiple grid options to display posts
  • Customizable theme colors and typography
  • SEO friendly component
  • Mobile menu
  • Optional scroll progress indicator
  • Styled components
  • Tags
  • Pagination
  • Offline support


Use Gatsby Starter Amsterdam

This will generate a new site pre-configured to use Gatsby Theme Amsterdam.

gatsby new your-themed-site

Manually Add To Your Site

Install the theme

npm install --save gatsby-theme-amsterdam


yarn add gatsby-theme-amsterdam

Add the theme to your gatsby-config.js

// gatsby-config.js
module.exports = {
  plugins: [
      resolve: 'gatsby-theme-amsterdam',
      options: {
        // See theme options section for more information


Theme Options

Key Default Value Description
basePath / Root URL for all posts.
contentPath /content Location of markdown files used for the posts.
transitions true Include simple page transitions powered with framer-motion
iconPath default icon Path to the icon to be used for the favicon and web manifest. For example 'src/images/favicon.png'. For best results provide a 512x512 square.
postsPerPage 6 Determines the number of posts shown on each page. This effects both the posts and tag template.
grid basic Determines the type of grid used on the posts and tag templates. Two available options: basic and list.
progressIndicator true Include a progress indicator on the post template.

Example Usage

// gatsby-config.js
module.exports = {
  plugins: [
      resolve: 'gatsby-theme-amsterdam',
      options: {
        // basePath defaults to '/'
        basePath: '/photography',
        // the path to your icon file
        iconPath: 'src/images/favicon.png',
        // grid defaults to 'basic'
        grid: 'list',

Additional Configuration

In addition to the theme options, there are a handful of items you can customize via the siteMetadata object in your site's gatsby-config.js.

// gatsby-config.js
module.exports = {
  siteMetadata: {
    // Used for the site title and SEO
    title: 'My Site Title',
    // Used for SEO
    description: 'My site description...',
    // Used for SEO. Do not include a trailing slash
    url: '',
    // Used for SEO
    author: 'John Doe',
    // Used for an optional intro section at the top of the posts template
    intro: 'John Doe is a photographer....',
    // Used for the links in the menu
    menuLinks: [
        name: 'Home',
        slug: '/',
        name: 'About',
        slug: '/about/',
        name: 'Contact',
        slug: '/contact/',
    // Used for the links in the footer
    footerLinks: [
        name: 'Dribbble',
        url: '',
        name: 'Instagram',
        url: '',


Gatsby Theme Amsterdam uses styled-components and defines the theme related tokens in a file called theme.js. In order to change these values simply shadow the file and replace with your desired values. See the example below.

// Create a theme.js file located at 'src/gatsby-theme-amsterdam/styles/theme.js'
export default {
  colors: {
    base: '#292929',
    secondary: '#686461',
    tertiary: '#958E8E',
    highlight: '#C29967',
    background: '#F5F0EB',
    border: '#DCD8D3',
    button: '#E9E4DF',
    text: '#292929',
    code: '#E9E5E0',
  fonts: {
      '-apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, "Segoe UI", Roboto, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif',
      '-apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, "Segoe UI", Roboto, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif',
    normalWeight: '400',
    boldWeight: '600',
  sizes: {
    maxWidth: '1050px',
    maxWidthCentered: '800px',
  responsive: {
    small: '35em',
    medium: '50em',
    large: '70em',

Writing Content

Posts are written in markdown format .md and placed in the content directory at the root of the site unless a different contentPath is defined in the theme options. There are four front matter variables used in the theme which are shown below.

title: Hello World
date: 2019-07-06
cover: cover.jpg
tags: [greeting, blog]
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