Create Social Network is a educational project. The main idea is to demonstrate how one can build a large scalable project with React, Node, GraphQL, MongoDB and other related technologies. However you get the core functionality of social network by running one command and then you can build more on top of that.
npx create-social-network my-network cd my-network npm start
After installation open http://localhost:3000/ to see your app.
Screenshots of some pages
- News Feed Fresh posts from people you are following.
- Explore New Posts and People.
- Follow a particular user and get notified for their activity.
- Personalize Profile With profile/cover photo and personal posts.
- Notifications Get notified when someone follows you or likes/comments on your post.
- Authentication & Authorization with Password reset functionality.
Requirements and Configuration
You’ll need to have Node 8.16.0 or Node 10.16.0 or later version on your local development machine
By default, the app uses MongoDB hosted on mLab and Cloudinary CDN for hosting images. We have created a demo user for mLab and Cloudinary so you can run the app locally without adding Mongo URL and Cloudinary API Key, however when you start developing your application it is recommended to replace that information with your own, so that everyone has their own Database and CDN.
Note demo database is being deleted and populated with demo data daily
Replacing Mongo URL
MONGO_URL value in
api/.env file with your
mLab database url or with local one.
Replacing Cloudinary API Key
API Key and
API Secret from Cloudinary dashboard and replace corresponding values inside
For password reset functionality you will need to replace Email Provider values also in
Creating an App
To create a new app, you may choose one of the following methods:
npx create-social-network my-network
npm init social-network my-network
npm init <initializer> is available in npm 6+
yarn create social-network my-network
yarn create is available in Yarn 0.25+
It will create a directory called
my-network inside the current folder.
Inside that directory, it will generate the initial project structure and install dependencies.
my-network ├── api ├── frontend ├── node_modules ├── .gitignore ├── netlify.toml ├── package.json ├── README.md
Once the installation is done, you can open your project folder:
And start the application with
npm start or
yarn start that will run the app in development mode.
Open http://localhost:3000/ to view it in the browser.
The page will automatically reload if you make changes to the code.
In development mode we are starting
frontend servers with one command, but we need to deploy them separately.
Please read our CONTRIBUTING.md before submitting a Pull Request to the project.
Many ideas for CLI tool and Readme file are taken from Create React App project.