Get started with plain React

You must first create a project in Plasmic.

To view this quickstart with all the IDs and token placeholders replaced with real values, open your project in Plasmic Studio and press the "Code" button in the top toolbar.

Overview

This covers integrating Plasmic into your existing React 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-react
# or yarn add @plasmicapp/loader-react

Initialization

Initialize Plasmic with the project ID and public API token. Define this in its own module to make it available globally.

src/plasmic-init.ts
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import { initPlasmicLoader } from "@plasmicapp/loader-react";
export const PLASMIC = initPlasmicLoader({
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// Fetches the latest revisions, whether or not they were unpublished!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,
})

To find your project’s ID and public API token: open the project in Plasmic Studio.

The project ID is in the URL, like: https://studio.plasmic.app/projects/PROJECTID.

The public API token can be found by clicking the Code toolbar button.

Auto load all Plasmic pages

To automatically render all Plasmic-defined pages at the routes specified in Plasmic, create a catch-all route for your specific routing framework.

Here is an example for react-router, both v5 and v6:

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.

For client-rendered or single-page apps, we fetch components dynamically at runtime. (These are cached for the lifetime of the application.) These are served from a globally replicated instance of the AWS Cloudfront CDN.

Add <PlasmicRootProvider/> somewhere close to the root of your app, then drop in a <PlasmicComponent/> anywhere to render the actual component.

The following is an example.

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/MyComponent.tsx
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import { PlasmicRootProvider, PlasmicComponent } from '@plasmicapp/loader-react';
import { PLASMIC } from './plasmic-init';
function MyComponent() {
return (
<PlasmicRootProvider loader={PLASMIC}>
<PlasmicComponent component="COMPONENTNAME" />
</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

Add the following to your plasmic-init.ts to register it:

src/plasmic-init.ts
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import { HelloWorld } from './components/HelloWorld';
// ...
export const PLASMIC = initPlasmicLoader(/* ... */);
PLASMIC.registerComponent(HelloWorld, {
name: 'HelloWorld',
props: {
verbose: 'boolean',
children: 'slot'
}
});

Step 3

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

Assuming you are using react-router, add a route for the host page. For example:

src/App.tsx
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import * as React from 'react';
import { PlasmicCanvasHost } from '@plasmicapp/loader-react';
import { BrowserRouter as Router, Switch, Route, Link } from 'react-router-dom';
import { PLASMIC } from './plasmic-init';
export default function AppRoot() {
return (
<Router>
<Switch>
{/* Your other routes... */}
<Route path="/plasmic-host" render={() => <PlasmicCanvasHost />} />
</Switch>
</Router>
);
}

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:3000/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:3000/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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