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Overview

This covers integrating Plasmic into your existing Gatsby codebase.

Want to quickly generate a new codebase with Plasmic already integrated? Use create-plasmic-app instead, or just press the Publish button in your project to push a new repo to GitHub!

Want to generate source code into your codebase? Learn about codegen.

Installation

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npm install @plasmicapp/loader-gatsby
# or yarn add @plasmicapp/loader-gatsby

Initialization

Include the plugin @plasmicapp/loader-gatsby in gatsby-config.js.

gatsby-config.js
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module.exports = {
// ...
plugins: [
{
resolve: '@plasmicapp/loader-gatsby',
options: {
projects: [
{
id: 'PROJECTID', // ID of a project you are using
token: 'APITOKEN' // API token for that project
}
],
// Fetches the latest revisions, whether or not they were unpublished!
// Disable for production to ensure you render only published changes.
preview: true
}
}
]
};

Auto load all Plasmic pages

To automatically render all Plasmic-defined pages at the routes specified in Plasmic, specify a Gatsby template page:

gatsby-config.js
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module.exports = {
// ...
plugins: [
{
resolve: '@plasmicapp/loader-gatsby',
options: {
// ...
},
options: {
projects: [
{
id: 'PROJECTID', // ID of a project you are using
token: 'APITOKEN' // API token for that project
}
],
defaultPlasmicPage: require.resolve('./src/templates/defaultPlasmicPage.tsx'),
// Optionally specify pages to ignore.
ignorePaths: ['/my-page']
}
}
]
};

And create the template, editing it with any wrappers you want:

src/templates/defaultPlasmicPage.tsx
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import React from 'react';
import { initPlasmicLoader, PlasmicComponent, PlasmicRootProvider } from '@plasmicapp/loader-gatsby';
import { graphql } from 'gatsby';
// You can use any library you want for <head/> injection
import { Helmet } from 'react-helmet';
export const query = graphql`
query ($path: String) {
plasmicComponents(componentNames: [$path])
plasmicOptions
}
`;
const PlasmicGatsbyPage = ({ location, data }) => {
const { plasmicComponents, plasmicOptions } = data;
const pageMeta = plasmicComponents.entryCompMetas[0];
const pageMetadata = pageMeta.pageMetadata;
return (
<PlasmicRootProvider loader={initPlasmicLoader(plasmicOptions)} prefetchedData={plasmicComponents}>
<Helmet>
{pageMetadata.title && <title>{pageMetadata.title}</title>}
{pageMetadata.title && <meta property="og:title" content={pageMetadata.title} />}
{pageMetadata.description && <meta property="og:description" content={pageMetadata.description} />}
{pageMetadata.openGraphImageUrl && <meta property="og:image" content={pageMetadata.openGraphImageUrl} />}
</Helmet>
<PlasmicComponent component={pageMeta.name} />
</PlasmicRootProvider>
);
};
export default PlasmicGatsbyPage;

Render a single Plasmic page or component

Note: You can instead auto-load all Plasmic pages at the correct routes (recommended) rather than manually loading individual pages—see previous section.

We use Gatsby’s GraphQL layer to fetch the design statically.

For example, to render a page: add a file under src/pages/, named for your desired route, with the following code.

PATH_OR_COMPONENT refers to the name of the page or component that you want to render, such as Winter22LandingPage. If it’s a page, you can also use the route you assigned the page in Plasmic, like /landing.

src/pages/my-page.tsx
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// This page will show up at the route /my-page
import React from "react";
import {
PlasmicComponent,
PlasmicRootProvider,
initPlasmicLoader,
} from "@plasmicapp/loader-gatsby";
import { graphql } from 'gatsby';
// Statically fetch the data needed to render Plasmic pages or components.
// You can pass in multiple page paths or component names.
export const query = graphql`
query {
plasmicComponents(componentNames: ["COMPONENTNAME"])
plasmicOptions
}
`;
// Render the page or component from Plasmic.
export default const MyPage = ({ data }) => {
const { plasmicComponents, plasmicOptions } = data;
return (
<PlasmicRootProvider
loader={initPlasmicLoader(plasmicOptions)}
prefetchedData={plasmicComponents}
>
<PlasmicComponent component="PATH_OR_COMPONENT" />
</PlasmicRootProvider>
);
};

Add custom code components

Let your Plasmic Studio users drag/drop and visually manipulate any React component! (Learn more.)

Step 1

Create a simple example React component:

src/components/HelloWorld.tsx
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import React, { ReactNode } from 'react';
export interface HelloWorldProps {
children?: ReactNode;
className?: string;
verbose?: boolean;
}
export function HelloWorld({ children, className, verbose }: HelloWorldProps) {
return (
<div className={className} style={{ padding: '20px' }}>
<p>Hello there! {verbose && 'Really nice to meet you!'}</p>
<div>{children}</div>
</div>
);
}

Step 2

Create a module src/plasmic-init.ts that extracts initPlasmicLoader centrally:

src/plasmic-init.ts
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import { initPlasmicLoader } from '@plasmicapp/loader-gatsby';
import { HelloWorld } from './components/HelloWorld';
export function initPlasmicLoaderWithRegistrations(plasmicOptions: any) {
const PLASMIC = initPlasmicLoader(plasmicOptions);
// Add all your code component registrations here.
PLASMIC.registerComponent(HelloWorld, {
name: 'HelloWorld',
props: {
verbose: 'boolean',
children: 'slot'
}
});
return PLASMIC;
}

Now replace all other calls to initPlasmicLoader with initPlasmicLoaderWithRegistrations. For instance, if you’re auto-loadng all Plasmic pages in src/templates/defaultPlasmicPage.tsx:

src/templates/defaultPlasmicPage.tsx
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import { initPlasmicLoaderWithRegistrations } from '../plasmic-init';
// ...
const PlasmicGatsbyPage = ({ location, data }) => {
const { plasmicComponents, plasmicOptions } = data;
return (
<PlasmicRootProvider loader={initPlasmicLoaderWithRegistrations(plasmicOptions)} prefetchedData={plasmicComponents}>
{/* ... */}
</PlasmicRootProvider>
);
};
// ...

Step 3

Create a special hidden page at route /plasmic-host.

src/pages/plasmic-host.tsx
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import * as React from 'react';
import { PlasmicCanvasHost } from '@plasmicapp/loader-gatsby';
import { initPlasmicLoaderWithRegistrations } from '../plasmic-init';
import { graphql } from 'gatsby';
export const pageQuery = graphql`
query {
plasmicOptions
}
`;
export default function Host({ data }) {
const { plasmicOptions } = data;
initPlasmicLoaderWithRegistrations(plasmicOptions);
return <PlasmicCanvasHost />;
}

We also need to update gatsby-ssr.js to remove HMR for the /plasmic-host route:

gatsby-ssr.js
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const React = require('react');
const HeadComponents = [
<script
key="plasmic-hmr"
type="text/javascript"
dangerouslySetInnerHTML={{
__html: `
if (typeof window !== "undefined" && /\\/plasmic-host\\/?$/.test(window.location.pathname)) {
const RealEventSource = window.EventSource;
window.EventSource = function(url, config) {
if (/[^a-zA-Z]hmr($|[^a-zA-Z])/.test(url)) {
console.warn("Plasmic: disabled EventSource request for", url);
return {
onerror() {}, onmessage() {}, onopen() {}, close() {}
};
} else {
return new RealEventSource(url, config);
}
}
}
`
}}
/>
];
const isProduction = process.env.NODE_ENV === 'production';
exports.onRenderBody = ({ pathname, setHeadComponents }) => {
/**
* We add the preamble tag script to all pages during development mode
* because during development all pages are dynamically rendered based
* on `/` route, during production we add it only in `/plasmic-host/`
*/
if (!isProduction || pathname === '/plasmic-host/') {
setHeadComponents(HeadComponents);
}
};

Step 4

Start your app:

src/components/HelloWorld.tsx
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npm run start

And check that you see a confirmation message at http://localhost:8000/plasmic-host.

Step 5

Open https://studio.plasmic.app, click the menu for the current project, select "Configure project," and set it to http://localhost:8000/plasmic-host.

configure project menu

Step 6

Re-open this project (or reload this tab) to see your component listed in the insert menu!

insert code component

Later, after you deploy the route to production, update the project to use your production host URL instead, such as https://my-app.com/plasmic-host. This way, other members of your team (who can’t access your localhost dev server) will be able to open and edit the project in Plasmic. (Again, the /plasmic-host route itself is a special hidden route not meant for humans to visit; it is only for Plasmic Studio to hook into.)

Learn more about code components.

There’s much more to explore!

For example:

Continue learning in the full docs.

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