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This is a monorepo for the project.

  • /packages - Includes the website and CLI
  • /starters - Directory of all starter kit projects is a collection of starter kit projects and related tools to help get you up and running on your next project without spending days adding all the pieces and configuration to supporting whatever libraries or frameworks that you choose. Choose a kit with the set of tools you are looking for and use our CLI to generate your new project. The starter kits come with all the essentials included and configured, such as TypeScript, testing, linting, storybook, and more.

How to run the scaffolding script

In the command line, run npx @this-dot/create-starter to start the interactive mode and see the list of available starter kits.

You can also choose to use NPM or Yarn instead.

npm create @this-dot/starter
yarn create @this-dot/starter

From the list of starter kits, select the kit you are interested in and name your new project. Once the installation is complete, cd into your new project and install the dependencies(npm install, yarn, etc.) Now you are ready to get started with your brand new project.

Using the starter CLI with command line arguments

If you are already know which kit you want to you use, you can use can specify the kit name and name your new project in one command.

For example:

# npm 6.x
npm create @this-dot/starter --name my-project --kit angular-apollo-tailwind

# npm 7+, extra double-dash is needed:
npm create @this-dot/starter -- --name my-project --kit angular-apollo-tailwind

# yarn
yarn create @this-dot/starter --name my-project --kit angular-apollo-tailwind
Name Description
--kit Specifies the kit name
--name Specify your new project name

Starter kit essentials

Starter kits should include a set of frameworks, libraries, and essential tooling. Each starter kit should include a couple of core examples that utilize the tech included in the kit.

Frameworks and libraries

Starter kits should include some core libraries and technologies that a new project will need. These pieces should come configured according to best practices and be ready to use together as a unit.

  • Framework?: (Next, Nuxt, SvelteKit, Remix, etc)
  • Core UI: (React, Vue, Angular, etc)
  • Data Fetching and/or State Management: (redux, ngrx, rxjs, react-query, apollo, etc)
  • Styling: (tailwind, styled-components, css modules, etc)


Starter kits should include some core tooling that are configured and ready to use.

  • Linting
  • Unit Testing (jest, vitest, testing-library, etc)
  • Storybook
  • Prettier

Included example code

Each starter kit should include a couple base examples that demonstrate the important pieces of tech included in the kit and the tooling used to test them. Each one includes tests and stories.

  • Counter component (showcase the UI framework and how to write tests for it)
  • Hello world component (showcase the data fetching and rendering)

Adding a starter kit

Starter kits live at starters/:name in this repository. After adding a new starter kit please run yarn generate-starter-kits-json to update starter-kits.json file.

Starter kit naming convention

The name of a starter kit should highlight the core technologies that it uses and that differentiate it from other starter kits. In example: next12-react-query-tailwind - framework: next, state management: react-query, styling: tailwind.

package.json requirements

For proper integration with the starter-dev CLI and website there are also some requirements and convention to follow in the starter kit's package.json file.

  • description - This field is used as a short description highlighting the technologies of each particular starter kit. It is shown as a selection in the starter-dev CLI. Example: NextJS, React Query, and TailwindCSS
  • keywords - This field is an array of strings used to map to the technology list on the website. Example: ["next", "react-query", "tailwind"]
  • hasShowcase - This field is a boolean and is required when displaying the "View Showcase" link for kits that have showcases. If your kit has a showcase, set the value to true. If your kit does not have a showcase, set the value to false.
  • showcase - This field is an array and is required when displaying the showcase list on individual kit pages. If your kit has a showcase, add an object containing kit, name, repo, and app to the array. Please check existing package.jsons like the one found here starters/svelte-kit-scss/package.json for what the values should be.

Adding starter kit to the website

They keyword field in your starter kit's package.json categorizes/tags each starter kit on the website. For a reference of the keys that should be used here take a look at thepackage/website/src/config.tsx file. If a particular technology you're needing is missing from theTECHNOLOGIES list, please open a PR to add it including an icon (if available).

Once you've added your description, keywords, and made sure the keywords exist in the TECHNOLOGIES list in the websites config.tsx file, your starter kit will automatically be added to the website and deployed once you merge into the main branch.

Adding starter kit to the CLI

Currently to add your starter kit to be an available option on the CLI, you'll need to add an entry to the starter-kits.json file in the root of this repo. The key should be your starter kits package/directory name, and the value should be it's package.json description field. Look at current items as an example. Later down the line this process will be automated but it is currently a manual step.

Starter kit README files

We are still working on defining a general structure and format for starter kit readme files. These are particularly important because the starter kit page on the website is based on the readme files. See: next12-react-query-tailwind readme content #17

WARNING: Please do not add any comments to the README files. Comments in the markdown will cause the website builds to fail.