Project Setup

Note: Building with Tina and Gatsby currently requires that you run a development server for content-editing. We recommend using Next.js for a solution with less friction.

This guide will show you how to set up Tina on a Gatsby site. Since Gatsby lets you pull content in from multiple data sources, these docs will only cover adding to Tina to your site and creating forms for content stored in memory. This guide does not show you how to set up a backend, which would persist content changes.

The purpose of this is to get you familiar with the rudimentary steps of setting up Tina on a Gatsby site.


To run all the tools required you need at least the following installed:

  • Node.js (8.0.0+)
  • Yarn (Optional. You can still use npm if you want, but this is for your own sanity.)

We're going to use the Gatsby Starter Blog as the base for our project. Create a new project by running the following commands in your terminal:

# If you don't have Gatsby CLI installed
yarn global add gatsby-cli
# Create a new starter blog
gatsby new gatsby-starter-blog

This will create a new blog starter in the gatsby-starter-blog directory. Navigate to the project directory and run yarn develop to start the website in dev mode.

cd gatsby-starter-blog
gatsby develop

You will now be able to visit your site at https://localhost:8000


yarn add gatsby-plugin-tinacms styled-components

Add the Plugin

Open your gatsby-config.js file and add 'gatsby-plugin-tinacms' to the list of plugins:


module.exports = {
  // ...
  plugins: [
      resolve: 'gatsby-plugin-tinacms',
      options: {
        // The CMS will be disabled on your production site
        enabled: process.env.NODE_ENV !== 'production',
        sidebar: true,
        plugins: [
          // We'll add some gatsby-tinacms plugins later
    // ...

Accessing the CMS

  1. Restart the Gatsby development server
    gatsby develop
  1. Visit your Website

    Go to https://localhost:8000 to access your website.

  2. Open the CMS

    You will notice there's a pencil icon, this is the way you can toggle the Tina sidebar.


If you see the icon and can open the editing sidebar, this means you've successfully installed & configured Tina. You will see a note that there is no editable content on the site yet. Follow the next steps to learn how to make content editable.

Last Edited: April 17, 2021