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The JSS app initializer


Describes using the initializer to create a JSS app with guided prompts

The Sitecore JavaScript Rendering SDK (JSS) provides the create-sitecore-jss package that contains an app initialization script and JSS application templates for popular JavaScript frameworks and application add-ons.

To use the JSS initializer, in a terminal, you can run one of the following commands:

npx create-sitecore-jss
npm init sitecore-jss
yarn create sitecore-jss

To provide any arguments, use the npx command.

When creating a JSS application with the initializer, you can follow the prompts to provide information about the setup you want for your application.

Alternatively, you can override any prompt by passing in that value as a flag using the following arguments:






A comma-separated list of template names to use in scaffolding the JSS application. It can include the name of a base app template, for example, nextjs, and any number of add-on templates, such as nextjs-styleguide.

For example, npx create-sitecore-jss --templates nextjs,nextjs-styleguide.

You can also supply a list of templates using the positional argument: npx create-sitecore-jss nextjs,nextjs-styleguide.



The name of your JSS application.

Default: sitecore-jss-app.



Path/directory for the application. If you provide a non-empty directory path, the initializer shows potential changes to existing files. It also provides options for handling the change (approve the changes to the current file, skip the file, approve changes to all files, or abort). Using the initializer in a non-empty destination is useful when you want to apply add-on templates to your existing JSS project.

Default: <current-directory-path>/<base-template-name>.



Method for fetching data. Choose REST or GraphQL.

Default: GraphQL.



Only available if using the nextjs template. Prerendering method for the application. Choose between static site generation (SSG) and server-side rendering (SSR).

Default: SSG.



Only valid if using the nextjs-styleguide add-on. Language and locale code. For example, es-MX.

Default: da-DK.



The hostname of your Sitecore instance.

Default: <app-name>.dev.local.

For example, if you want to skip the templates, appName, and fetchWith prompts, you can run the following command:

npx create-sitecore-jss --templates nextjs --appName my-nextjs-app --fetchWith GraphQL

You can shorten the command by using the positional argument as follows:

npx create-sitecore-jss nextjs --appName my-nextjs-app --fetchWith GraphQL

In addition to the required arguments, the JSS initializer accepts the following optional parameters:






If present, the application:

  • Uses the appName argument to prefix templates, ensuring each template has a unique name when deployed to Sitecore. Multiple templates with the same name cause errors when using strongly typed GraphQL queries because of naming conflicts.

  • Uses the appName argument to prefix placeholders. When using prefixed placeholders, if you have multiple JSS apps deployed to Sitecore, the Sitecore interface for inserting components in a placeholder shows only the components for the current site.



If provided, suppresses any questions related to file system operations, and the initializer runs default actions.



If provided, suppresses log messages.

Usage: npx create-sitecore-jss --silent



If provided, suppresses any questions related to the CLI argument values, and the initializer uses the default values.

When creating a project, you can provide one base template name using the positional argument or by using the --templates flag:

npx create-sitecore-jss <base-template-name>


npx create-sitecore-jss --templates <base-template-name>

The available base template names are:

  • nextjs.

  • react.

  • angular.

  • vue.

  • react-native.

  • node-headless-ssr-experience-edge.

  • node-headless-ssr-proxy.

When creating a project, in addition to the base template name, you can also provide multiple add-on template names using the positional argument or the --templates flag:

npx create-sitecore-jss <base-template-name>,<first-add-on-template-name>,<second-add-on-template-name>


npx create-sitecore-jss --templates <base-template-name>,<first-add-on-template-name>,<second-add-on-template-name>

The available add-on template names are:

  • nextjs-styleguide - includes example components and the setup for working disconnected.

  • nextjs-styleguide-tracking - includes an example tracking component for applications running against a Sitecore Experience Platform (XP) instance. It requires the nextjs-styleguide add-on. It is not compatible with the nextjs-personalize add-on or with a Sitecore Experience Manager (XM) Cloud content management instance.

  • nextjs-personalize - includes an example for projects using XM Cloud Embedded Personalization. This add-on is only compatible with XM Cloud. It is not compatible with the nextjs-styleguide-tracking add-on.

  • nextjs-sxa - includes example components and setup for Headless SXA projects.