# Ch 3. Starter pack for new comers (Install)

In this chapter, we will cover :

# 0. Introduction

Now you are definitely interested in Vue Storefront. That's why you are here. You've come across the line. You made a choice. You will have something in return, which is great. Be it developers, entrepreneurs or even marketing managers that they may want to try something new for better products in hopes of enhancing their clients or customers' experience. You chose the right path. We will explore anything you need to get you started at all with Vue Storefront infrastructure (opens new window).

# 1. Install with Docker

Docker has been arguably the most sought-after, brought to the market which took the community by storm ever since its introduction. Although it's yet controversial whether it's the best choice among its peers, I have never seen such an unanimous enthusiasm over one tech product throughout the whole developers community.

Then, why so? In modern computer engineering, products are so complex with an endless list of dependencies intertwined with each other. Building such dependencies in place for every occasion where it's required is one hell of a job, not to mention glitches from all the version variation. That's where Docker steps in to make you achieve infrastructure automation. This concept was conceived to help you focus on your business logic rather than having you stuck with hassles of lower level tinkering.

Luckily, we already have been through all this for you, got our hands dirty. All you need is run a set of docker commands to get you up and running from scratch. Without further ado, let's get started!

UPDATE

From VSF 1.12 on,

  1. CLI is the main method to install Vue Storefront infrastructure. (which is easier, hassle-free, and intuitive)
  2. Bleeding-edge vsf-capybara is default theme while original default theme remains to be chosen at your discretion.

# 1. Preparation

NOTE

We will walk you with docker on Linux. (Specifically Ubuntu 18.04 if needed)

There is only one bias for Docker before using it; Run it on Linux. Docker is native Linux, was created using a Linux technology; LXC (linux container) in the first place. Even though there were many attempts made to make it available to other platforms as it does on Linux, and it has definitely been on a progress, however, using Docker on Linux is the solidest way to deal with the technology.

That being sad, there are tips for using other platforms for docker at Chef's Secrets as well.

# 2. Recipe

  1. First, start with backend, download Vue Storefront API (opens new window) from github.
git clone https://github.com/vuestorefront/vue-storefront-api.git vue-storefront-api
cd vue-storefront-api
  1. Copy ./config/default.json to ./config/local.json
cp config/default.json config/local.json

Then edit local.json to your need. We will look into this in greater detail at Chef's secret

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This step can be skipped if you are OK with values of default.json since it follows the files load order (opens new window) of node-config (opens new window)

  1. Run the following Docker command :
docker-compose -f docker-compose.yml -f docker-compose.nodejs.yml up -d

Then the result would look something like this :

Building app
Step 1/8 : FROM node:10-alpine
 ---> 9dfa73010b19
Step 2/8 : ENV VS_ENV prod
 ---> Using cache
 ---> 4d0a83421665
Step 3/8 : WORKDIR /var/www
 ---> Using cache
 ---> e3871c8db7f3
Step 4/8 : RUN apk add --no-cache curl git
 ---> Using cache
 ---> 49e996f0f6cb
Step 5/8 : COPY package.json ./
 ---> 14ed18d76efc
Step 6/8 : RUN apk add --no-cache --virtual .build-deps ca-certificates wget &&     yarn install --no-cache &&     apk del .build-deps
 ---> Running in 3d6f91acc2fe
fetch http://dl-cdn.alpinelinux.org/alpine/v3.9/main/x86_64/APKINDEX.tar.gz
fetch http://dl-cdn.alpinelinux.org/alpine/v3.9/community/x86_64/APKINDEX.tar.gz
(1/2) Installing wget (1.20.3-r0)
(2/2) Installing .build-deps (0)
Executing busybox-1.29.3-r10.trigger
OK: 22 MiB in 26 packages
yarn install v1.16.0
info No lockfile found.
[1/4] Resolving packages...
warning @babel/node > @babel/polyfill@7.4.4: 🚨 As of Babel 7.4.0, this
package has been deprecated in favor of directly
including core-js/stable (to polyfill ECMAScript
features) and regenerator-runtime/runtime
(needed to use transpiled generator functions):

  > import "core-js/stable";
  > import "regenerator-runtime/runtime";
warning eslint > file-entry-cache > flat-cache > circular-json@0.3.3: CircularJSON is in maintenance only, flatted is its successor.
[2/4] Fetching packages...

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📼 You may also watch it in bash playback 🎥 (opens new window)

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-f flag allows you to use the following docker-compose file. Without this flag, it will use the default file that is docker-compose.yml

-d flag allows you to run the command in detach mode which means running background.

  1. In order to verify, run docker ps to show which containers are up
docker ps

Then,

CONTAINER ID        IMAGE                     COMMAND                  CREATED             STATUS              PORTS                                            NAMES
53a47d5a6440        vuestorefrontapi_kibana   "/bin/bash /usr/loca…"   31 seconds ago      Up 29 seconds       0.0.0.0:5601->5601/tcp                           vuestorefrontapi_kibana_1
7d8f6328601b        vuestorefrontapi_app      "docker-entrypoint.s…"   31 seconds ago      Up 27 seconds       0.0.0.0:8080->8080/tcp                           vuestorefrontapi_app_1
165ae945dbe5        vuestorefrontapi_es1      "/bin/bash bin/es-do…"   8 days ago          Up 30 seconds       0.0.0.0:9200->9200/tcp, 0.0.0.0:9300->9300/tcp   elasticsearch
8dd144746cef        redis:4-alpine            "docker-entrypoint.s…"   11 days ago         Up 31 seconds       0.0.0.0:6379->6379/tcp                           vuestorefrontapi_redis_1

The ports number will be used later in the frontend configuration. In fact, they are already set in as default values.

You will see 4 containers are running, which is :

Container Port
Vue Storefront API app :8080
Elasticsearch :9200
Kibana :5601
Redis :6379
  1. Now that backend part is done, let's work on frontend part, install @vue-storefront/cli
yarn global add @vue-storefront/cli 
  1. Run the init command in a directory where you want to install Vue Storefront as follows :
vsf init vue-storefront # [vue-storefront] is the directory where the app is going to be installed. 
  1. Choose your target version from below (Picked Stable versions in this recipe) :
dex@ubuntu:~/code$ vsf init vue-storefront
  ✔ Check avalilable versions
? Which version of Vue Storefront you'd like to install? (Use arrow keys)
❯ Stable versions (recommended for production) 
  Release Candidates 
  In development branches (could be unstable!) 
  1. Then pick 1.12 version for the install from below :
  ✔ Check avalilable versions
? Which version of Vue Storefront you'd like to install? Stable versions (recommended for production)
? Select specific version (Use arrow keys)
❯ v1.12.0 
  v1.11.4 
  v1.11.3 
  v1.11.2 
  v1.11.1 
  v1.11.0 
  v1.10.6 
  1. Select a theme you want to start with (This time Capybara for the recipe) :
  ✔ Check available versions
? Which version of Vue Storefront you'd like to install? Stable version (recommended for production)
? Select specific version v1.12.0
? Select theme for Vue Storefront 
❯ Capybara - based on Storefront UI 
  Default

INFO

Capybara is built on top of Storefront UI (opens new window). Worth checking it out!

Then, Stable version as follows :

  ✔ Check available versions
? Which version of Vue Storefront you'd like to install? Stable version (recommended for production)
? Select specific version v1.12.0
? Select theme for Vue Storefront Capybara - based on Storefront UI
? Select theme version (Use arrow keys)
❯ Stable version (recommended for production) 
  In development branch (could be unstable!) 

  1. Now wrap it up by choosing Manual installation from the next step :
  ✔ Check avalilable versions
? Which version of Vue Storefront you'd like to install? Stable versions (recommended for production)
? Select specific version v1.12.0
? Would you like to use friendly installer or install Vue Storefront manually? 
  Installer (MacOS/Linux only) 
❯ Manual installation

Then the cli will copy all the necessary files to the designated folder.

Let's cd to the folder.

📼 You may also watch it in bash playback 🎥 (opens new window)

WARNING

Friendly Installer among options above is deprecated yet it is supported.

  1. Prepare the config file at ./config/local.json. There is default.json file in the same folder which is a default set of configuration. Copy it as follows :
cp config/default.json config/local.json

Then fix the value as you need it in the local.json file. In local.json, you may change values for information of backend family. But if you followed this recipe verbatim, you don't have to, because it's already there with the default value. Should you study the contents, please see to Chef's secret

  1. Install theme

From version 1.12 you need to add theme into your project. Here is more information

  1. Finally run the following Docker command :
docker-compose up -d

The result should be something like this :

Building app
Step 1/8 : FROM node:10-alpine
 ---> 9dfa73010b19
Step 2/8 : ENV VS_ENV prod
 ---> Using cache
 ---> 4d0a83421665
Step 3/8 : WORKDIR /var/www
 ---> Using cache
 ---> e3871c8db7f3
Step 4/8 : COPY package.json ./
 ---> 0eab68a8f13a
Step 5/8 : COPY yarn.lock ./
 ---> ac1f5e4a1831
Step 6/8 : RUN apk add --no-cache --virtual .build-deps ca-certificates wget git   && yarn install --no-cache   && apk del .build-deps
 ---> Running in 1ca7bc7782e3
fetch http://dl-cdn.alpinelinux.org/alpine/v3.9/main/x86_64/APKINDEX.tar.gz
fetch http://dl-cdn.alpinelinux.org/alpine/v3.9/community/x86_64/APKINDEX.tar.gz
(1/9) Installing ca-certificates (20190108-r0)
(2/9) Installing wget (1.20.3-r0)
(3/9) Installing nghttp2-libs (1.35.1-r0)
(4/9) Installing libssh2 (1.8.2-r0)
(5/9) Installing libcurl (7.64.0-r2)
(6/9) Installing expat (2.2.6-r0)
(7/9) Installing pcre2 (10.32-r1)
(8/9) Installing git (2.20.1-r0)
(9/9) Installing .build-deps (0)
Executing busybox-1.29.3-r10.trigger
Executing ca-certificates-20190108-r0.trigger
OK: 22 MiB in 25 packages
yarn install v1.16.0
[1/5] Validating package.json...
[2/5] Resolving packages...
[3/5] Fetching packages...
info fsevents@1.2.4: The platform "linux" is incompatible with this module.

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  1. In order to verify, run docker ps, there should be another container added to the list.
CONTAINER ID        IMAGE                     COMMAND                  CREATED             STATUS              PORTS                                            NAMES
88d758bc24d0        vuestorefront_app         "docker-entrypoint.s…"   2 minutes ago       Up 2 minutes                                                         vuestorefront_app_1
de560221fdaf        vuestorefrontapi_kibana   "/bin/bash /usr/loca…"   8 hours ago         Up 23 minutes       0.0.0.0:5601->5601/tcp                           vuestorefrontapi_kibana_1
5576cd9963a1        vuestorefrontapi_app      "docker-entrypoint.s…"   8 hours ago         Up 23 minutes       0.0.0.0:8080->8080/tcp                           vuestorefrontapi_app_1
88f5db9486da        vuestorefrontapi_es1      "/bin/bash bin/es-do…"   8 hours ago         Up 24 minutes       0.0.0.0:9200->9200/tcp, 0.0.0.0:9300->9300/tcp   elasticsearch
d46c1e0a22af        redis:4-alpine            "docker-entrypoint.s…"   8 hours ago         Up 24 minutes       0.0.0.0:6379->6379/tcp                           vuestorefrontapi_redis_1

  1. Open your browser and visit http://localhost:3000/ (opens new window)

After compiling, Voila!

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# 3. Peep into the kitchen (what happens internally)

We used docker-compose for setting up the entire environment of Vue Storefront. It was more than enough to launch the machines behind for running the shop.

It was possible because docker encapsulated the whole bunch of infrastructure into a linear set of declarative definition for the desired state.

We had 2 steps of docker-compose one of which is for backend Vue Storefront API, the other for frontend Vue Storefront.

The first docker-compose had two yml files for input. The first input file docker-compose.yml describe its base requirement all but Vue Storefront API itself; that is, Elasticsearch as data store, Redis for cache and Kibana for helping you grab your data visually (a pair of Elasticsearch).

# docker-compose.yml
version: '3.0'
services:
  es1:
    container_name: elasticsearch
    build: docker/elasticsearch/
    volumes:
      - ./docker/elasticsearch/config/elasticsearch.yml:/usr/share/elasticsearch/config/elasticsearch.yml:ro
      - ./docker/elasticsearch/data:/usr/share/elasticsearch/data
    ports:
      - '9200:9200'
      - '9300:9300'
    environment:
      ES_JAVA_OPTS: "-Xmx512m -Xms512m"

  kibana:
    build: docker/kibana/
    volumes:
      - ./docker/kibana/config/:/usr/share/kibana/config:ro
    ports:
      - '5601:5601'
    depends_on:
      - es1

  redis:
    image: 'redis:4-alpine'
    ports:
      - '6379:6379'

volumes:
  esdat1:

NOTE

Once a term explained, it will be ignored thereafter for consecutive occurrence.

version denotes which version of docker-compose this file uses.

services describe containers. It codifies how they should run. In other words, it codifies option flags used with docker run ...

es1 contains information of data store Elasticsearch container.

  • build denotes build path of container.
  • volumes contains the mount path of volumes shared between host and container as host:container
  • ports connect ports between host and container as in host:container
  • environment allows you to add environment variables. Xmx512m means JVM will take up to maximum 512MB memory. Xms512m means minimum memory. Combining them, there will be no memory resize, it will just stick to 512MB from start to end throughout its life cycle.

kibana contains information of Kibana application container.

  • depends_on creates dependency for a container of other containers. So, this container is dependent on es1 that's just described above.
  • volumes mean volumes shared, :ro creates the volume in read-only mode for the container.

redis contains information of Redis cache application container.

  • image node contains the name of image this container is based on.

volumes in top level can be used as a reference to be used across multiple services(containers).

The second input file docker-compose.nodejs.yml deals with Vue Storefront API node application.

version: '3.0'
services:
  app:
    # image: divante/vue-storefront-api:latest
    build:
      context: .
      dockerfile: docker/vue-storefront-api/Dockerfile
    depends_on:
      - es1
      - redis
    env_file: docker/vue-storefront-api/default.env
    environment:
      VS_ENV: dev
    volumes:
      - './config:/var/www/config'
      - './ecosystem.json:/var/www/ecosystem.json'
      - './migrations:/var/www/migrations'
      - './package.json:/var/www/package.json'
      - './babel.config.js:/var/www/babel.config.js'
      - './scripts:/var/www/scripts'
      - './src:/var/www/src'
      - './var:/var/www/var'
    tmpfs:
      - /var/www/dist
    ports:
      - '8080:8080'

app contains information of Vue Storefront API application.

  • build is path for build information. If the value is string, it's a plain path. When it's object, you may have a few options to add. context is relative path or git repo url where Dockerfile is located. dockerfile node may change the path/name of Dockerfile. more info (opens new window)
  • depends_on tells us this container is based on es1 and redis containers we created above.
  • env_file helps you add environment values from files. It's relative path from the docker-compose file that is in the process, in this case, it's docker-compose.nodejs.yml
  • environment is to set VS_ENV as dev so that environment will be setup for developer mode.
  • tmpfs denotes temporary volumes that are only available to host memory. Unlike volumes, this tmpfs will be gone once the container stops. This option is only available to Linux.


The second docker-compose step handles Vue Storefront frontend.

version: '2.0'
services:
  app:
    # image: divante/vue-storefront:latest
    build:
      context: .
      dockerfile: docker/vue-storefront/Dockerfile
    env_file: docker/vue-storefront/default.env
    environment:
      VS_ENV: dev
    network_mode: host
    volumes:
      - './babel.config.js:/var/www/babel.config.js'
      - './config:/var/www/config'
      - './core:/var/www/core'
      - './ecosystem.json:/var/www/ecosystem.json'
      - './.eslintignore:/var/www/.eslintignore'
      - './.eslintrc.js:/var/www/.eslintrc.js'
      - './lerna.json:/var/www/lerna.json'
      - './tsconfig.json:/var/www/tsconfig.json'
      - './tsconfig-build.json:/var/www/tsconfig-build.json'
      - './shims.d.ts:/var/www/shims.d.ts'
      - './package.json:/var/www/package.json'
      - './src:/var/www/src'
      - './var:/var/www/var'
    tmpfs:
      - /var/www/dist
    ports:
      - '3000:3000'

This looks like by and large the same with Vue Storefront API with a few changes.

app service describes options for Vue Storefront frontend application.

  • network_mode allows you to modify values for --network option of docker client. host option allows your designated container to open to host network. For example, if you bind your container in host's 80 port, then the container will be accessible at host's <IP address>:80 from the internet. In other words, the container is not isolated. more info (opens new window)

If you take a closer look inside Dockerfile's, you will notice they install all the dependencies of the project from package.json not to mention required OS features including git, wget and certificates. You don't have to worry what to do because we made it do for you.

Next, you might want to import your goods data. Please jump to Data imports if you don't want to stop.

# 4. Chef's secret (protip)

# Secret 1. Study in local.json for Vue Storefront API

Starting point of customization is default.json or its copy local.json where the platform seeks configuration values.

NOTE

If you want to modify default.json, don't edit it directly but copy the whole file into local.json and start editing it in that file. Why it should be done that way is explained later at Secret 3. Why use node-config?

We have 2 local.json files, one of which is for backend here, and we will look at Secret 2, the other for frontend .

At vue-storefront-api/config/default.json (opens new window) for backend :

  "server": {
    "host": "localhost",
    "port": 8080,
    "searchEngine": "elasticsearch"
  },
  • This is where your API backend is defined. The server will listen server.host:server.port unless it's defined otherwise in environment variables.

  • server.searchEngine is used in the integration with graphql so please don't change it. jump to code (opens new window)

  "orders": {
    "useServerQueue": false
  },
  "catalog": {
    "excludeDisabledProducts": false
  },
  "elasticsearch": {
    "host": "localhost",
    "port": 9200,
    "protocol": "http",
    "user": "elastic",
    "password": "changeme",
    "min_score": 0.01,
    "indices": [
      "vue_storefront_catalog",
      "vue_storefront_catalog_de",
      "vue_storefront_catalog_it"
    ],
    "indexTypes": [
      "product",
      "category",
      "cms",
      "attribute",
      "taxrule",
      "review"
    ],
    "apiVersion": "5.6"
  },
  • elasticsearch element is used widely across the whole platform. Considering elasticsearch works as a data store (database), it's natural.

    • host, port, protocol defines elasticsearch connect information.
  • user, password is default credentials of elasticsearch. If you changed the credentials of elasticsearch, please change this accordingly. more info (opens new window)

    • min_score sets a min_score when building a query for elasticsearch. jump to code (opens new window)

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      min_score helps you exclude documents with _score less than min_score value.

    • indices may contain one or multiple indexes. Each index acts as a data store for a storefront. You may add entries to the array with arbitrary names or remove entries from it.

      CAUTION !

      However, the index name should match the one you will use for data pump.

    The default values for indices assume you have 2 additional stores(de, it) plus the default store.

    • indexTypes contains values for mapping. You can consider it as table if you take indices as database.
    • apiVersion defines the elasticsearch version it uses.
  "redis": {
    "host": "localhost",
    "port": 6379,
    "db": 0
  },
  "kue": {},
  "availableStores": [
    "de",
    "it"
  ],
  • availableStores contains additional stores code name. If this value is an empty array, it means you only have one default store.
"storeViews": {
    "multistore": true,
    "mapStoreUrlsFor": [
      "de",
      "it"
    ],
    "de": {
      "storeCode": "de",
      "storeId": 3,
      "name": "German Store",
      "url": "/de",
      "elasticsearch": {
        "host": "localhost:8080/api/catalog",
        "index": "vue_storefront_catalog_de"
      },
      "tax": {
        "defaultCountry": "DE",
        "defaultRegion": "",
        "calculateServerSide": true,
    "sourcePriceIncludesTax": false
      },
      "i18n": {
        "fullCountryName": "Germany",
        "fullLanguageName": "German",
        "defaultLanguage": "DE",
        "defaultCountry": "DE",
        "defaultLocale": "de-DE",
        "currencyCode": "EUR",
        "currencySign": "EUR",
        "dateFormat": "HH:mm D-M-YYYY"
      }
    },
    "it": {
      "storeCode": "it",
      "storeId": 4,
      "name": "Italian Store",
      "url": "/it",
      "elasticsearch": {
        "host": "localhost:8080/api/catalog",
        "index": "vue_storefront_catalog_it"
      },
      "tax": {
        "defaultCountry": "IT",
        "defaultRegion": "",
        "calculateServerSide": true,
        "sourcePriceIncludesTax": false
      },
      "i18n": {
        "fullCountryName": "Italy",
        "fullLanguageName": "Italian",
        "defaultCountry": "IT",
        "defaultLanguage": "IT",
        "defaultLocale": "it-IT",
        "currencyCode": "EUR",
        "currencySign": "EUR",
        "dateFormat": "HH:mm D-M-YYYY"
      }
    }
  },

  • storeViews element contains the whole information of additional stores. The default store information doesn't exist here, it exists on top level.
  • multistore is supposed to tell the platform if it has multiple stores to consider. For example, it is used to configure tax values of additional store. jump to code (opens new window)
  • mapStoreUrlsFor is used for building url routes in frontend. jump to code (opens new window)
  • de element contains detailed information of de store. You need to have this kind of element for all the additional stores you added to availableStores with storeCode as the key. de and it in the default.json exhibits an example you can copy & paste for other stores you need to add.
    • storeCode denotes store code for the store.
    • storeId denotes store ID of the store.
    • name denotes the store name.
    • url denotes URL for the store.
    • elasticsearch contains information for the store. This information may override the default one defined above.
      • host is where your Elasticsearch listens on.
      • index is the name of the index for the store.
    • tax contains tax information of the store.
      • defaultCountry is the code name of the country on which tax is calculated for the store.
      • defaultRegion is default region.
      • calculateServerSide determines if price is fetched with(true)/without(false) tax calculated. jump to code (opens new window)
      • sourcePriceIncludesTax determines whether price is stored with tax applied (true) or tax calculated on runtime (false). jump to code (opens new window)
    • i18n connotes internationalization. more info (opens new window)
      • fullCountryName is the full name of the country this i18n is applied to.
      • fullLanguageName is the full name of the language this i18n is applied to.
      • defaultCountry is the abbreviated name of the country this i18n is applied to by default.
      • defaultLanguage is the abbreviated name of the language this i18n is applied to by default.
      • defaultLocale is the default locale this i18n uses.
      • currencyCode is the currency code this store uses.
      • currencySign is the currency sign this store uses.
      • dateFormat is the date format this store uses.
 "authHashSecret": "__SECRET_CHANGE_ME__",
 "objHashSecret": "__SECRET_CHANGE_ME__",
  • authHashSecret is used to encode & decode JWT for API use.
  • objHashSecret is 1) fallback secret hash for authHashSecret, 2) used for hashing in tax calculation.
  "cart": {
    "setConfigurableProductOptions": false
  },
  "tax": {
    "defaultCountry": "PL",
    "defaultRegion": "",
    "calculateServerSide": true,
    "alwaysSyncPlatformPricesOver": false,
    "usePlatformTotals": true,
    "setConfigurableProductOptions": true,
    "sourcePriceIncludesTax": false
  },
  • cart
    • setConfigurableProductOptions flag determines to show either the parent item or the child item (aka selected option item) in the cart context. true shows parent item instead of the option item selected. jump to code (opens new window)
  • tax
    • alwaysSyncPlatformPricesOver jump to code (opens new window)
    • usePlatformTotals These two options are used to determine whether to fetch prices from data source on the fly or not. If you set alwaysSyncPlatformPricesOver true, then it skips checking the checksum for cart items based on price.
  "bodyLimit": "100kb",
  "corsHeaders": [
    "Link"
  ],
  • bodyLimit limits how big a request can be for your application.
  • corsHeaders allows you to add entries to Access-Control-Expose-Headers
  "platform": "magento2",
  "registeredExtensions": [
    "mailchimp-subscribe",
    "example-magento-api",
    "cms-data",
    "mail-service"
  ],
  "extensions": {
    "mailchimp": {
      "listId": "e06875a7e1",
      "apiKey": "a9a3318ea7d30f5c5596bd4a78ae0985-us3",
      "apiUrl": "https://us3.api.mailchimp.com/3.0"
    },
    "mailService": {
      "transport": {
        "host": "smtp.gmail.com",
        "port": 465,
        "secure": true,
        "user": "vuestorefront",
        "pass": "vuestorefront.io"
      },
      "targetAddressWhitelist": ["contributors@vuestorefront.io"],
      "secretString": "__THIS_IS_SO_SECRET__"
    }
  },
  • registeredExtensions element contains the list of supported extensions, it bootstraps entry points for those extensions jump to code (opens new window)

  • extensions contains additional configuration for extensions. jump to code (opens new window)

    • mailchimp provides POST, DELETE APIs for Mailchimp subscribe method.
      • listId is the ID of list you are publishing.
      • apiKey is API key you are assigned.
      • apiUrl is API base url for Mailchimp service.
    • mailService is used to send emails from Vue Storefront via Gmail.
      • transport contains basic information for Gmail service.
        • host is where your mail is sent en route.
        • port is the port number used for the service.
        • secure determines to use SSL connection.
        • user is username for the service.
        • pass is password for the service.
      • targetAddressWhitelist checks if an user confirmed his/her email address and source email is white-listed.
      • secretString is used for hashing.
  "magento2": {
    "url": "http://demo-magento2.vuestorefront.io/",
    "imgUrl": "http://demo-magento2.vuestorefront.io/media/catalog/product",
    "assetPath": "/../var/magento2-sample-data/pub/media",
    "magentoUserName": "",
    "magentoUserPassword": "",
    "httpUserName": "",
    "httpUserPassword": "",
    "api": {
      "url": "http://demo-magento2.vuestorefront.io/rest",
      "consumerKey": "byv3730rhoulpopcq64don8ukb8lf2gq",
      "consumerSecret": "u9q4fcobv7vfx9td80oupa6uhexc27rb",
      "accessToken": "040xx3qy7s0j28o3q0exrfop579cy20m",
      "accessTokenSecret": "7qunl3p505rubmr7u1ijt7odyialnih9"
    }
  },
  "magento1": {
    "url": "http://magento-demo.local",
    "imgUrl": "http://magento-demo.local/media/catalog/product",
    "magentoUserName": "",
    "magentoUserPassword": "",
    "httpUserName": "",
    "httpUserPassword": "",
    "api": {
      "url": "http://magento-demo.local/vsbridge",
      "consumerKey": "",
      "consumerSecret": "",
      "accessToken": "",
      "accessTokenSecret": ""
    }
  },
  • magento2 is used to integrate with Magento 2 as a data source.

magento1 has just the same structure with magento2.

  "imageable": {
    "namespace": "",
    "maxListeners": 512,
    "imageSizeLimit": 1024,
    "whitelist": {
      "allowedHosts": [
        ".*divante.pl",
        ".*vuestorefront.io"
      ]
    },
    "cache": {
      "memory": 50,
      "files": 20,
      "items": 100
    },
    "concurrency": 0,
    "counters": {
      "queue": 2,
      "process": 4
    },
    "simd": true,
    "keepDownloads": true
  },
  • imageable deals with everything you need to configure when it comes to your storefront images, especially product images.

    • maxListeners limits maximum listeners to request's socket. jump to code (opens new window)

    • imageSizeLimit limits maximum image size. jump to code (opens new window)

    • whitelist contains a white-list of image source domains

      • allowedHosts contains the array of white-list

      DON'T FORGET

      You should include your source domain in allowedHosts or your request for product images will fail. more info

      NOTE

      From cache to simd they are used to configure Sharp (opens new window) library. Sharp is a popular library for image processing in Node.js. jump to option docs (opens new window)

    • cache limits libvips operation cache from Sharp. Values hereunder are default values. jump to code (opens new window)

      • memory is the maximum memory in MB to use for the cache.
      • files is the maximum number of files to hold open.
      • items is the maximum number of operations to cache.
    • concurrency is the number of threads for processing each image.

    • counters provides access to internal task counters.

      • queue is the number of tasks in queue for libuv to provide a worker thread.
      • process limits the number of resize tasks concurrently processed.
    • simd to use SIMD vector unit of the CPU in order to enhance the performance.

 "entities": {
    "category": {
        "includeFields": [ "children_data", "id", "children_count", "sku", "name", "is_active", "parent_id", "level", "url_key" ]
    },
    "attribute": {
      "includeFields": [ "attribute_code", "id", "entity_type_id", "options", "default_value", "is_user_defined", "frontend_label", "attribute_id", "default_frontend_label", "is_visible_on_front", "is_visible", "is_comparable" ]
    },
    "productList": {
      "sort": "",
      "includeFields": [ "type_id", "sku", "product_links", "tax_class_id", "special_price", "special_to_date", "special_from_date", "name", "price", "priceInclTax", "originalPriceInclTax", "originalPrice", "specialPriceInclTax", "id", "image", "sale", "new", "url_key" ],
      "excludeFields": [ "configurable_children", "description", "configurable_options", "sgn" ]
    },
    "productListWithChildren": {
      "includeFields": [ "type_id", "sku", "name", "tax_class_id", "special_price", "special_to_date", "special_from_date", "price", "priceInclTax", "originalPriceInclTax", "originalPrice", "specialPriceInclTax", "id", "image", "sale", "new", "configurable_children.image", "configurable_children.sku", "configurable_children.price", "configurable_children.special_price", "configurable_children.priceInclTax", "configurable_children.specialPriceInclTax", "configurable_children.originalPrice", "configurable_children.originalPriceInclTax", "configurable_children.color", "configurable_children.size", "product_links", "url_key"],
      "excludeFields": [ "description", "sgn"]
    },
    "product": {
      "excludeFields": [ "updated_at", "created_at", "attribute_set_id", "status", "visibility", "tier_prices", "options_container", "msrp_display_actual_price_type", "has_options", "stock.manage_stock", "stock.use_config_min_qty", "stock.use_config_notify_stock_qty", "stock.stock_id",  "stock.use_config_backorders", "stock.use_config_enable_qty_inc", "stock.enable_qty_increments", "stock.use_config_manage_stock", "stock.use_config_min_sale_qty", "stock.notify_stock_qty", "stock.use_config_max_sale_qty", "stock.use_config_max_sale_qty", "stock.qty_increments", "small_image"],
      "includeFields": null,
      "filterFieldMapping": {
        "category.name": "category.name.keyword"
      }
    }
  },
  "usePriceTiers": false,
  "boost": {
    "name": 3,
    "category.name": 1,
    "short_description": 1,
    "description": 1,
    "sku": 1,
    "configurable_children.sku": 1
  }
  • usePriceTiers determines whether to use price tiers for customers in groups
  • boost is used to give weighted values to fields for a query to Elasticsearch, the bigger, the heavier.
    • name field has the value 3 so that matching query with the name has the highest priority.
    • category.name ,short_description, description, sku, configurable_children.sku the rest of fields have the default value; 1.


# Secret 2. Study in local.json for Vue Storefront

At vue-storefront/config/default.json (opens new window) for frontend :

"server": {
  "host": "localhost",
  "port": 3000,
  "protocol": "http",
  "api": "api",
  "devServiceWorker": false,
  "useOutputCacheTagging": false,
  "useOutputCache": false,
  "outputCacheDefaultTtl": 86400,
  "availableCacheTags": ["product", "category", "home", "checkout", "page-not-found", "compare", "my-account", "P", "C", "error"],
  "invalidateCacheKey": "aeSu7aip",
  "dynamicConfigReload": false,
  "dynamicConfigContinueOnError": false,
  "dynamicConfigExclude": ["ssr", "storeViews", "entities", "localForage", "shipping", "boost", "query"],
  "dynamicConfigInclude": [],
  "elasticCacheQuota": 4096
},
"seo": {
  "useUrlDispatcher": true
},
"console": {
  "showErrorOnProduction" : true,
  "verbosityLevel": "display-everything"
},
"redis": {
  "host": "localhost",
  "port": 6379,
  "db": 0
},
"graphql":{
  "host": "localhost",
  "port": 8080
},
"api": {
  "url": "http://localhost:8080"
},
  • seo
  • console
  • redis
  • graphql
  • api
"elasticsearch": {
  "httpAuth": "",
  "host": "/api/catalog",
  "index": "vue_storefront_catalog",
  "min_score": 0.02,
  "csrTimeout": 5000,
  "ssrTimeout": 1000,
  "queryMethod": "GET",
  "disableLocalStorageQueriesCache": true,
  "searchScoring": {
    "attributes": {
      "attribute_code": {
        "scoreValues": { "attribute_value": { "weight": 1 } }
      }
    },
    "fuzziness": 2,
    "cutoff_frequency":  0.01,
    "max_expansions": 3,
    "minimum_should_match": "75%",
    "prefix_length": 2,
    "boost_mode": "multiply",
    "score_mode": "multiply",
    "max_boost": 100,
    "function_min_score": 1
  },
  "searchableAttributes": {
    "name": {
      "boost": 4
    },
    "sku": {
      "boost": 2
    },
    "category.name": {
      "boost": 1
    }
  }
},

elasticsearch ...

"ssr": {
  "templates": {
    "default": "dist/index.html",
    "minimal": "dist/index.minimal.html",
    "basic": "dist/index.basic.html",
    "amp": "dist/index.amp.html"
  },
  "executeMixedinAsyncData": true,
  "initialStateFilter": ["__DEMO_MODE__", "version", "storeView"],
  "useInitialStateFilter": true
},
  • ssr
    • templates
      • default
"defaultStoreCode": "",
"storeViews": {
  "multistore": false,
  "commonCache": false,
  "mapStoreUrlsFor": ["de", "it"],
  "de": {
    "storeCode": "de",
    "storeId": 3,
    "name": "German Store",
    "url": "/de",
    "elasticsearch": {
      "host": "/api/catalog",
      "index": "vue_storefront_catalog_de"
    },
    "tax": {
      "sourcePriceIncludesTax": false,
      "defaultCountry": "DE",
      "defaultRegion": "",
      "calculateServerSide": true
    },
    "i18n": {
      "fullCountryName": "Germany",
      "fullLanguageName": "German",
      "defaultLanguage": "DE",
      "defaultCountry": "DE",
      "defaultLocale": "de-DE",
      "currencyCode": "EUR",
      "currencySign": "EUR",
      "dateFormat": "HH:mm D-M-YYYY"
    }
  },
  "it": {
    "storeCode": "it",
    "storeId": 4,
    "name": "Italian Store",
    "url": "/it",
    "elasticsearch": {
      "host": "/api/catalog",
      "index": "vue_storefront_catalog_it"
    },
    "tax": {
      "sourcePriceIncludesTax": false,
      "defaultCountry": "IT",
      "defaultRegion": "",
      "calculateServerSide": true
    },
    "i18n": {
      "fullCountryName": "Italy",
      "fullLanguageName": "Italian",
      "defaultCountry": "IT",
      "defaultLanguage": "IT",
      "defaultLocale": "it-IT",
      "currencyCode": "EUR",
      "currencySign": "EUR",
      "dateFormat": "HH:mm D-M-YYYY"
    }
  }
},
  • defaultStoreCode
"entities": {
  "optimize": true,
  "twoStageCaching": true,
  "optimizeShoppingCart": true,
  "category": {
    "includeFields": [ "id", "*.children_data.id", "*.id", "children_count", "sku", "name", "is_active", "parent_id", "level", "url_key", "url_path", "product_count", "path"],
    "excludeFields": [ "sgn" ],
    "categoriesRootCategorylId": 2,
    "categoriesDynamicPrefetchLevel": 2,
    "categoriesDynamicPrefetch": true
  },
  "attribute": {
    "includeFields": [ "attribute_code", "id", "entity_type_id", "options", "default_value", "is_user_defined", "frontend_label", "attribute_id", "default_frontend_label", "is_visible_on_front", "is_visible", "is_comparable", "tier_prices", "frontend_input" ]
  },
  "productList": {
    "sort": "",
    "includeFields": [ "type_id", "sku", "product_links", "tax_class_id", "special_price", "special_to_date", "special_from_date", "name", "price", "priceInclTax", "originalPriceInclTax", "originalPrice", "specialPriceInclTax", "id", "image", "sale", "new", "url_path", "url_key", "status", "tier_prices", "configurable_children.sku", "configurable_children.price", "configurable_children.special_price", "configurable_children.priceInclTax", "configurable_children.specialPriceInclTax", "configurable_children.originalPrice", "configurable_children.originalPriceInclTax" ],
    "excludeFields": [ "description", "configurable_options", "sgn", "*.sgn", "msrp_display_actual_price_type", "*.msrp_display_actual_price_type", "required_options" ]
  },
  "productListWithChildren": {
    "includeFields": [ "type_id", "sku", "name", "tax_class_id", "special_price", "special_to_date", "special_from_date", "price", "priceInclTax", "originalPriceInclTax", "originalPrice", "specialPriceInclTax", "id", "image", "sale", "new", "configurable_children.image", "configurable_children.sku", "configurable_children.price", "configurable_children.special_price", "configurable_children.priceInclTax", "configurable_children.specialPriceInclTax", "configurable_children.originalPrice", "configurable_children.originalPriceInclTax", "configurable_children.color", "configurable_children.size", "configurable_children.id", "configurable_children.tier_prices", "product_links", "url_path", "url_key", "status", "tier_prices"],
    "excludeFields": [ "description", "sgn", "*.sgn", "msrp_display_actual_price_type", "*.msrp_display_actual_price_type", "required_options"]
  },
  "review": {
    "excludeFields": ["review_entity", "review_status"]
  },
  "product": {
    "excludeFields": [ "*.msrp_display_actual_price_type", "required_options", "updated_at", "created_at", "attribute_set_id", "options_container", "msrp_display_actual_price_type", "has_options", "stock.manage_stock", "stock.use_config_min_qty", "stock.use_config_notify_stock_qty", "stock.stock_id",  "stock.use_config_backorders", "stock.use_config_enable_qty_inc", "stock.enable_qty_increments", "stock.use_config_manage_stock", "stock.use_config_min_sale_qty", "stock.notify_stock_qty", "stock.use_config_max_sale_qty", "stock.use_config_max_sale_qty", "stock.qty_increments", "small_image", "sgn", "*.sgn"],
    "includeFields": null,
    "useDynamicAttributeLoader": true,
    "standardSystemFields": [
      "description",
      "configurable_options",
      "tsk",
      "custom_attributes",
      "size_options",
      "regular_price",
      "final_price",
      "price",
      "color_options",
      "id",
      "links",
      "gift_message_available",
      "category_ids",
      "sku",
      "stock",
      "image",
      "thumbnail",
      "visibility",
      "type_id",
      "tax_class_id",
      "media_gallery",
      "url_key",
      "url_path",
      "max_price",
      "minimal_regular_price",
      "special_price",
      "minimal_price",
      "name",
      "configurable_children",
      "max_regular_price",
      "category",
      "status",
      "priceTax",
      "priceInclTax",
      "specialPriceTax",
      "specialPriceInclTax",
      "_score",
      "slug",
      "errors",
      "info",
      "erin_recommends",
      "special_from_date",
      "news_from_date",
      "custom_design_from",
      "originalPrice",
      "originalPriceInclTax",
      "parentSku",
      "options",
      "product_option",
      "qty",
      "is_configured"
    ]
  }
},
"cart": {
  "serverMergeByDefault": true,
  "serverSyncCanRemoveLocalItems": false,
  "serverSyncCanModifyLocalItems": false,
  "synchronize": true,
  "synchronize_totals": true,
  "setCustomProductOptions": true,
  "setConfigurableProductOptions": true,
  "askBeforeRemoveProduct": true,
  "displayItemDiscounts": true,
  "minicartCountType": "quantities",
  "create_endpoint": "http://localhost:8080/api/cart/create?token={{token}}",
  "updateitem_endpoint": "http://localhost:8080/api/cart/update?token={{token}}&cartId={{cartId}}",
  "deleteitem_endpoint": "http://localhost:8080/api/cart/delete?token={{token}}&cartId={{cartId}}",
  "pull_endpoint": "http://localhost:8080/api/cart/pull?token={{token}}&cartId={{cartId}}",
  "totals_endpoint": "http://localhost:8080/api/cart/totals?token={{token}}&cartId={{cartId}}",
  "paymentmethods_endpoint": "http://localhost:8080/api/cart/payment-methods?token={{token}}&cartId={{cartId}}",
  "shippingmethods_endpoint": "http://localhost:8080/api/cart/shipping-methods?token={{token}}&cartId={{cartId}}",
  "shippinginfo_endpoint": "http://localhost:8080/api/cart/shipping-information?token={{token}}&cartId={{cartId}}",
  "collecttotals_endpoint": "http://localhost:8080/api/cart/collect-totals?token={{token}}&cartId={{cartId}}",
  "deletecoupon_endpoint": "http://localhost:8080/api/cart/delete-coupon?token={{token}}&cartId={{cartId}}",
  "applycoupon_endpoint": "http://localhost:8080/api/cart/apply-coupon?token={{token}}&cartId={{cartId}}&coupon={{coupon}}"
},
"products": {
  "useShortCatalogUrls": false,
  "useMagentoUrlKeys": true,
  "setFirstVarianAsDefaultInURL": false,
  "configurableChildrenStockPrefetchStatic": false,
  "configurableChildrenStockPrefetchDynamic": false,
  "configurableChildrenStockPrefetchStaticPrefetchCount": 8,
  "filterUnavailableVariants": false,
  "listOutOfStockProducts": true,
  "preventConfigurableChildrenDirectAccess": true,
  "alwaysSyncPlatformPricesOver": false,
  "clearPricesBeforePlatformSync": false,
  "waitForPlatformSync": false,
  "setupVariantByAttributeCode": true,
  "endpoint": "http://localhost:8080/api/product",
  "defaultFilters": ["color", "size", "price", "erin_recommends"],
  "systemFilterNames": ["sort"],
  "filterFieldMapping": {
    "category.name": "category.name.keyword"
  },
  "colorMappings": {
    "Melange graphite": "#eeeeee"
  },
  "sortByAttributes": {
    "Latest": "updated_at",
    "Price: Low to high":"final_price",
    "Price: High to low":"final_price:desc"
  },
  "gallery": {
    "variantsGroupAttribute": "color",
    "mergeConfigurableChildren": true,
    "imageAttributes": ["image","thumbnail","small_image"],
    "width": 600,
    "height": 744
  },
  "filterAggregationSize": {
    "default": 10,
    "size": 10,
    "color": 10
  }
},
"orders": {
  "directBackendSync": true,
  "endpoint": "http://localhost:8080/api/order",
  "payment_methods_mapping": {
  },
  "offline_orders": {
    "automatic_transmission_enabled": false,
    "notification" : {
      "enabled": true,
      "title" : "Order waiting!",
      "message": "Click here to confirm the order that you made offline.",
      "icon": "/assets/logo.png"
    }
  }
},
"localForage": {
  "defaultDrivers": {
    "user": "LOCALSTORAGE",
    "cmspage": "LOCALSTORAGE",
    "cmsblock": "LOCALSTORAGE",
    "carts": "LOCALSTORAGE",
    "orders": "LOCALSTORAGE",
    "wishlist": "LOCALSTORAGE",
    "categories": "LOCALSTORAGE",
    "attributes": "LOCALSTORAGE",
    "products": "INDEXEDDB",
    "elasticCache": "LOCALSTORAGE",
    "claims": "LOCALSTORAGE",
    "syncTasks": "LOCALSTORAGE",
    "ordersHistory": "LOCALSTORAGE",
    "checkoutFieldValues": "LOCALSTORAGE"
  }
},
"reviews": {
  "create_endpoint": "http://localhost:8080/api/review/create"
},
"users": {
  "autoRefreshTokens": true,
  "endpoint": "http://localhost:8080/api/user",
  "history_endpoint": "http://localhost:8080/api/user/order-history?token={{token}}",
  "resetPassword_endpoint": "http://localhost:8080/api/user/reset-password",
  "changePassword_endpoint": "http://localhost:8080/api/user/change-password?token={{token}}",
  "login_endpoint": "http://localhost:8080/api/user/login",
  "create_endpoint": "http://localhost:8080/api/user/create",
  "me_endpoint": "http://localhost:8080/api/user/me?token={{token}}",
  "refresh_endpoint": "http://localhost:8080/api/user/refresh"
},
"stock": {
  "synchronize": true,
  "allowOutOfStockInCart": true,
  "endpoint": "http://localhost:8080/api/stock"
},
"images": {
  "useExactUrlsNoProxy": false,
  "baseUrl": "https://demo.vuestorefront.io/img/",
  "productPlaceholder": "/assets/placeholder.jpg"
},
"install": {
  "is_local_backend": true,
  "backend_dir": "../vue-storefront-api"
},
"demomode": false,
"tax": {
  "defaultCountry": "US",
  "defaultRegion": "",
  "sourcePriceIncludesTax": false,
  "calculateServerSide": true,
  "userGroupId": null,
  "useOnlyDefaultUserGroupId": false,
  "deprecatedPriceFieldsSupport": true,
  "finalPriceIncludesTax": false
},
  • tax: ...
    • defaultCountry is the code name of the country on which tax is calculated for the store.
    • defaultRegion is default region.
    • sourcePriceIncludesTax determines whether price is stored with tax applied (true) or tax calculated on runtime (false). jump to code (opens new window)
    • calculateServerSide determines if price is fetched with(true)/without(false) tax calculated. jump to code (opens new window)
    • userGroupId: null,
    • useOnlyDefaultUserGroupId: false,
    • deprecatedPriceFieldsSupport: true,
    • finalPriceIncludesTax: false
"shipping": {
  "methods": [
    {
      "method_title": "DPD Courier",
      "method_code": "flatrate",
      "carrier_code": "flatrate",
      "amount": 4,
      "price_incl_tax": 5,
      "default": true,
      "offline": true
    }
  ]
},
"i18n": {
  "defaultCountry": "US",
  "defaultLanguage": "EN",
  "availableLocale": ["en-US","de-DE","fr-FR","es-ES","nl-NL", "ja-JP", "ru-RU", "it-IT", "pt-BR", "pl-PL", "cs-CZ"],
  "defaultLocale": "en-US",
  "currencyCode": "USD",
  "currencySign": "$",
  "currencyDecimal": null,
  "currencyGroup": null,
  "fractionDigits": 2,
  "priceFormat": "{sign}{amount}",
  "dateFormat": "HH:mm D/M/YYYY",
  "fullCountryName": "United States",
  "fullLanguageName": "English",
  "bundleAllStoreviewLanguages": true
},
"mailchimp": {
  "endpoint": "http://localhost:8080/api/ext/mailchimp-subscribe/subscribe"
},
"mailer": {
  "endpoint": {
    "send": "http://localhost:8080/api/ext/mail-service/send-email",
    "token": "http://localhost:8080/api/ext/mail-service/get-token"
  },
  "contactAddress": "contributors@vuestorefront.io",
  "sendConfirmation": true
},
"theme": "@vue-storefront/theme-default",
"analytics": {
  "id": false
},
"hotjar": {
  "id": false
},
"cms": {
  "endpoint": "http://localhost:8080/api/ext/cms-data/cms{{type}}/{{cmsId}}",
  "endpointIdentifier": "http://localhost:8080/api/ext/cms-data/cms{{type}}Identifier/{{cmsIdentifier}}/storeId/{{storeId}}"
},
"cms_block": {
  "max_count": 500
},
"cms_page": {
  "max_count": 500
},
"usePriceTiers": false,
"useZeroPriceProduct": true,
"query": {
  "inspirations": {
    "filter": [
      {
        "key": "category.name",
        "value" : { "eq": "Performance Fabrics" }
      }
    ]
  },
  "newProducts": {
    "filter": [
      {
        "key": "category.name",
        "value" : { "eq": "Tees" }
      }
    ]
  },
  "bestSellers": {
    "filter": [
      {
        "key": "category.name",
        "value" : { "eq": "Tees" }
      }
    ]
  }
}

# Secret 3. How to launch multiple instances

# Secret 4. Why use node-config?

# Secret 5. Using Docker on Mac

# Secret 6. Using Docker on Windows




# 2. User-friendly installation using installer (Deprecated)

WARNING

This recipe is deprecated, and installer may not be supported at any version without prior notice. Please use it at your own peril.

We made it one step further where you just need to answer a series of questions to set up the whole bunch of architecture.

# 1. Preparation

# 2. Recipe

  1. If you're MacOS or Linux user now you're able to install with pretty nice CLI installer 😃
git clone https://github.com/vuestorefront/vue-storefront.git vue-storefront
cd vue-storefront
yarn
yarn installer

It will take some time for installation and during the last step you will be asked some questions. First one is

Would you like to use https://demo.vuestorefront.io as the backend?
  1. If you answer Yes, you will have remote backend at https://demo.vuestorefront.io. Otherwise, you will need to install vue-storefront-api.

2-1. Using Vue Storefront demo as a backend

In this case you don't need to run Docker and you will be asked one additional question:

? Please provide path for images endpoint (https://demo.vuestorefront.io/img/)

You can simply proceed and as a result you will have a vue-storefront folder inside your project root and Storefront application running on http://localhost:3000. All images will be also hosted at https://demo.vuestorefront.io/img/.

2-2. Installing the vue-storefront-api locally

If you answer No on the previous question, please be sure the Docker is running, otherwise you might get an error. You will be asked some more questions immediately:

? Would you like to use https://demo.vuestorefront.io as the backend? No
? Please provide Git path (if it's not globally installed) git
? Please provide path for installing backend locally ../vue-storefront-api
? Choose path for images endpoint http://localhost:8080/img/

As for images endpoint: you can choose between https://demo.vuestorefront.io/img/ again or host your images on localhost.

After you answered all the questions, the installation process will start (it might take some time to install all dependencies). When it's finished, you will get the following message:

┌────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┐
│ Congratulations!                                               │
│                                                                │
│ You've just successfully installed vue-storefront.             │
│ All required servers are running in background                 │
│                                                                │
│ Storefront: http://localhost:3000                              │
│ Backend: http://localhost:8080                                 │
│                                                                │
│ Logs: /Users/natalia/Desktop/work/test/vue-storefront/var/log/ │
│                                                                │
│ Good Luck!                                                     │
└────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┘

Your project should contain 2 folders at this moment: vue-storefront and vue-storefront-api. Vue Storefront should be running on http://localhost:3000:

Storefront screenshot

# 4. Storefront CLI at your service

Upon the release of 1.10, we also present a new way of setup and all its sorts from CLI which is the all-time most favorite tool of developers worldwide if I must say. There are lots of benefits when CLI methods are available such as automation in scripts in cooperation with other automation tools out there.

We will continuously add new features to CLI (opens new window) as the version goes up.

# 1. Preparation

# 2. Recipe

  1. Install Vue Storefront CLI package on your machine with -g flag as follows :
npm install -g  @vue-storefront/cli

📼 You may also watch it in bash playback 🎥 (opens new window)

  1. Now go to any random folder you want to install a Vue Storefront app under, and run the following :
vsf init
  1. You will encounter a series of questions to install the app, first of which is as follows :
  ✔ Check avalilable versions
? Which version of Vue Storefront you'd like to install?
❯ Stable versions (recommended for production)
  Release Candidates
  In development branches (could be unstable!)

Select an option based on which you are to install.

  1. Next question is about specific version to be installed as follows :
? Select specific version
  v1.8.0
❯ v1.10.0
  v1.9.2
  v1.9.1
  v1.9.0
  v1.8.5
  v1.8.4

Choose a version of your target.

  1. Next question is about theme installation.
? Select theme for Vue Storefront (Use arrow keys)
❯ Capybara - based on Storefront UI 
  Default 

You will also get question about theme version.

? Select theme version (Use arrow keys)
❯ Stable version (recommended for production) 
  In development branch (could be unstable!) 
  1. Next question is about how you install it between installer/manual like below :
? Would you like to use friendly installer or install Vue Storefront manually?
❯ Installer (MacOS/Linux only)
  Manual installation

Let's pick the Installer option for now.

Then you will see the machine start working on installation :

? Would you like to use friendly installer or install Vue Storefront manually? Installer (MacOS/Linux only)
  ✔ Copying Vue Storefront files
  â ¸ Installing dependencies
    Running installer
  1. Once the preparation is finished then another series of questions pops up as installer is associated with as follows :
yarn run v1.17.3
$ node ./core/scripts/installer
┌─────────────────────────────────────────────────┐
│ Hi, welcome to the vue-storefront installation. │
│ Let's configure it together :)                  │
└─────────────────────────────────────────────────┘

? Would you like to use https://demo.vuestorefront.io as the backend? (Y/n)

From this on, the questions would be the same as installation through installer. You can follow it further at Install using installer

  1. Once the questions have been answered then the remaining process is taken to action. You will see a screen as follows when they finished :
? Please provide path for images endpoint https://demo.vuestorefront.io/img/

 Trying to create log files...

 Creating storefront config 'config/local.json'...

 Build storefront npm...

 Starting storefront server...

┌────────────────────────────────────────────────────┐
│ Congratulations!                                   │
│                                                    │
│ You've just successfully installed vue-storefront. │
│ All required servers are running in background     │
│                                                    │
│ Storefront: http://localhost:3000                  │
│ Backend: https://demo.vuestorefront.io             │
│                                                    │
│ Logs: /home/dex/code/cli/vue-storefront/var/log/   │
│                                                    │
│ Good Luck!                                         │
  ✔ Copying Vue Storefront files
  ✔ Installing dependencies
  ✔ Running installer
  1. Now visit the address on your browser as printed in the screen, then Voila! :

home_borderline

Congratulation!

# 3. Peep into the kitchen (what happens internally)

Vue Storefront people prepared the CLI way of installing the whole infrastructure for your Vue Storefront app provided as an npm package. It's now as easy as to install an npm package on any machine. Installed then run a command with a few options would be more than enough for the app to be up and running. Believe me your next Vue Storefront app will be with you instantly with a breeze as long as CLI is accessible.

# 4. Chef's secret (protip)

# Secret 1. Install with manual path

# Secret 2. Install a module skeleton

# Secret 3. Build your own command for vsf-cli