Getting started Gatsby

In this tutorial, We are going to set up a development environment for the blog we are building.

Nodejs is required for this project if you don't have nodejs then go to and download the version which suits for your operating system.Once you installed then open your terminal and run node --v if the version number is shown then you are successfully installed.

Note: If you stuck in the middle of this tutorial please refer to the Code repository it’s already on GitHub.

Let’s install the gatsby-cli which helps us to create and build new Gatsby sites right from the terminal.

Open your terminal and run below commands.

npm install --global gatsby-cli

If you are using a mac then you need use sudo before the npm.

sudo npm install --global gatsby-cli

Once you successfully installed gatsby-cli it’s time to see the Gatsby first look.

Open your terminal and run the following commands.

gatsby new myblog


cd myblog
gatsby develop

gatsby develop is used to start the local development server by default Gatsby uses the port 8000.

Now open your browser and type localhost:8000 you will see a Gatsby index page.

gatsby.js default

Open the myblog folder in your favorite code editor.

Folder structure might look like these.

├── node_modules
├── src
├── .gitignore
├── .prettierrc
├── gatsby-browser.js
├── gatsby-config.js
├── gatsby-node.js
├── gatsby-ssr.js
├── package-lock.json
├── package.json

node_modules: The packages we are installed using npm will live in a node_modules folder.

src: Main code lives in src folder.

gatsby-browser.js: This file is related to the usage of any browser-related APIs provided by the gatsbyjs.

gatsby-node.js This file is related to the usage of any node related APIs provided by the gatsbyjs.

Open your pages folder any file you create in the pages folder treated as an individual page in the Gatsby.

suppose create a new.js file in your pages folder.


import React from 'react'
import Layout from '../components/layout'

const NewPage = () => (
        <h1>I'm new page</h1>

export default NewPage

Now in your browser manually type localhost:8000/new you will see a new route which is created by the Gatsby.

pages gatbsy

In the next tutorial, we are using the graphql to query the data.