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Installing a Starter Application

Get up and running in a few steps and start developing Custom Applications for the Merchant Center.

Prerequisites

Before you start development, you should have the following:

  • A commercetools account and a project.
  • Node.js installed (version >=8). Either yarn or npm as a package manager.
  • Basic knowledge of React as well as some experience working with web applications.

Installing a starter application

  1. Install one of the starter templates using the create-mc-app package:
npx @commercetools-frontend/create-mc-app \
my-new-custom-application-project \
--template starter
  1. Configure the application environment:

The custom-application-config.json is configured to use the HTTP APIs in the GCP-EU region. If you plan to run the Custom Application in another environment, change the cloud identifier accordingly.

  1. Start the development server:
cd my-new-custom-application-project
npm start

If you use yarn:

cd my-new-custom-application-project
yarn start

The browser opens a new tab pointing to http://localhost:3001, with a login screen (for development only). Log in using your commercetools account as usual.

Login screen

Note that Single Sign On is not supported at the moment for the development login page. If you are interested in this functionality, let us know and open a support issue.

Once you've authenticated, you are redirected to the application http://localhost:3001/:projectKey/examples-starter, where :projectKey is your commercetools project.

Main screen

Renaming the application main route path

The starter application defines example-starter as the main application route path (see src/components/entry-point). This is the route that identifies your application and is used by the proxy router. Check out the Merchant Center architecture to know more about this.

Be sure to choose a value that does not conflict with one of the official route values, otherwise your Custom Application will never be served.

The official main route path values are (the list can be extended at any time):

  • authentication
  • dashboard
  • products
  • categories
  • orders
  • customers
  • discounts
  • settings

You should choose a value that fits with the purpose of the application you are developing. For example, if your application manages state machines, you can choose to name the route state-machines.