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React is a component-based JavaScript library for building user interfaces.

Cosmic makes a great React CMS for your React websites and apps.

Before adding any code, make sure to follow the Initial Setup at the start of this section to set up your content in Cosmic. Then take the following steps to add Cosmic-powered content to your React apps:

1. Install a new React app

You can use Create React App to install a new React app that includes tooling and configurations.

npm i -g create-react-app
create-react-app cosmic-react-app

2. Install the Cosmic NPM module and SWR

cd cosmic-react-app
npm i cosmicjs swr

3. Add the following code into your src/App.js file

Find your Bucket slug and API read key in Bucket Settings > API Access after logging in.

// src/App.js
import React from "react";
import useSWR from "swr";
import Cosmic from "cosmicjs";
const api = Cosmic();
// Set these values, found in Bucket > Settings after logging in at
const bucket = api.bucket({
const fetchPosts = async () => {
const data = await bucket.getObjects({
query: {
type: "posts",
props: "slug,title,metadata", // Limit the API response data by props
return data;
function App() {
const { data, error } = useSWR("fetch-posts", fetchPosts); // Use SWR hook
if (!data) return <div>Loading...</div>;
const posts = data.objects;
return (
{ => (
<div key={post.slug} style={{ marginBottom: 20 }}>
{post.metadata.hero && (
<img alt="" src={`${post.metadata.hero.imgix_url}?w=400`} />
export default App;

4. Start your app

Start your app, and go to http://localhost:3000. Dance 🎉

npm start

Next steps

  1. Learn more about Objects.
  2. Learn more about Queries.
  3. Learn more about Metafields.


  1. Getting Started with Cosmic CMS and Next.js.
  2. Building a Blog with Cosmic CMS and Next.js.

More resources

  1. Install pre-built React templates.
  2. Read React + Cosmic articles.