New Plasmic codebase (in-app)


In this tutorial, we’ll use the Plasmic Studio app to create a new Plasmic-powered website, with code synced to a new GitHub repository.

Looking for other quickstart options? Check out our developer quickstart page.


Create your first Plasmic project

First, log into Plasmic and click on the “New Project” button to create a new project. For now, choose to start with the “Simple Light Landing Page” template.

Create new project

Feel free to click around and get a feel for how this template site is designed.

Click on the Publish button on the upper-right, and click on the “Connect to GitHub” button. Log in with your GitHub credentials.

Publish for the first time

Configure your repo

Fill in the details of the new repo to create, including:

  • Name of your repo
  • Framework — Choose from Next.js, Gatsby, or plain React. For other frameworks, see the general quickstart.
  • Language — JavaScript or TypeScript. We recommend using Typescript for the best developer experience.
  • Mode — Choose Headless API (Loader) or Codegen. Learn more about the differences here.
Configuring a new repo

Push to GitHub

Go ahead and start the push!

Push to GitHub

It might take a few minutes.

Pushing to GitHub

Clone from GitHub

Now let’s check out your new codebase and install the required dependencies.

git clone<github-username>/<repo-name>.git
cd <repo-name>
npm install
# or

Local Development

We’ll want a local development server for tight iteration loops. Let’s start your dev server (make sure you’ve run cd into your new directory).

npm run dev
# or
yarn dev

Your dev server will be running at http://localhost:3000 by default.

Sync updated Plasmic designs

Plasmic is powerful, not because of a one-time export of your design to code, but because Plasmic designs are your source-of-truth that go to production. Your new codebase comes with tools to automatically sync updates from Plasmic Studio.

As part of the dev server, the Plasmic loader plugin will automatically watch for and sync your Plasmic components into your dev environment. This usually happens in the background so you don’t have to worry about it.

Try making some changes in your Plasmic project, and see them show up on your dev server!

Next Steps

Thank you for checking out Plasmic! Here are some recommended next steps:

  • Try deploying your new website! Read our documentation about deployments.
  • If you’re using the Headless API (Loader), check out framework-specific instructions for Next.js, Gatsby, and Plain React.
  • If you’re using Codegen, check out getting started with codegen.
  • To learn how to use Plasmic Studio, play Plasmic Levels.
  • To interactively explore the API of your generated components, click on the “Code” toolbar button in the project in Plasmic Studio.
  • Join our community forum.
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