Create Sitecore JSS App using React JS


Create a React App

  1. Open the Node JS command prompt.
  2. 2. Run the following command to create the JSS App.
jss create <appName> react
Create React App
cd <appName>
Jss start

Delete Default Created Files

  1. Delete all folders and files under “/src/components/” folder
  2. Delete all files under folder “/sitecore/definitions/components/
  3. Delete all files under folder “/sitecore/definitions/templates/
  4. Delete all files and folders under folder “/data/component-content/
  5. Delete all files and folders under folder “/data/content/
  6. Delete all files and folders “/data/routes/except en.yml

Update App Files

  1. Open the Package.json file and add two placeholders named jss-header and jss-footer
  1. Open the Layout.js located in src folder and update it to include the placeholders.
  1. Open the file “placeholders.sitecore.js” under “/sitecore/definitions/” and add the Header and Footer placeholders.

Create App’s API key

  1. Login to Sitecore instance and open the content editor.
  2. Navigate to “/sitecore/system/Settings/Services/API Keys/” and create a new Api key.

Create New Component

  1. Use command jss scaffold <ComponentName> to create a new component. Here I am creating a PageContent component which will display current page title, content and image.
export default function(manifest) {
name: ‘PageContent’,
icon: SitecoreIcon.DocumentTag,
fields: [
{ name: ‘pageTitle’, type: CommonFieldTypes.SingleLineText },
{ name: ‘content’, type: CommonFieldTypes.RichText },
{ name: ‘image’, type: CommonFieldTypes.Image },

/*If the component implementation uses <Placeholder> or withPlaceholder to expose a placeholder, register it here, or components added to that placeholder will not be returned by Sitecore: placeholders: [‘exposed-placeholder-name’] */
placeholders: [‘jss-main’]

Update App Route Template

Update default App Route template

Update en.yml File

  1. Open the en.yml under “/data/route” folder.
  2. Remove the default component, its fields and data.
  3. Add the “PageContent” in it.

Deploy the App

Analyze the Content Tree and Verify Output

  1. You will see there is a new node created with name of app in the content tree.
Newly Created App
App Home Page

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