KeystoneJS is a powerful Node.js content management system and web app framework built on the Express web framework and Mongoose ODM. Keystone makes it easy to create sophisticated web sites and apps, and comes with a beautiful auto-generated Admin UI.
For Keystone v4 documentation and guides, see keystonejs.com.
For Keystone v0.3 documentation, see v3.keystonejs.com.
Keystone 4.0 Release Candidate (RC)
We've been working on a major update to KeystoneJS. Keystone 4 is a complete rebuild of Keystone's Admin UI and internal architecture.
- The Admin UI has been re-written as a single page app using React.js, Redux, and Elemental UI
- An updated API for Lists and Fields
- Better support for using Keystone without Express, or with your own express instance
- Core functionality has been refactored and we're breaking Keystone up into separate npm packages
- Startup time has been significantly reduced
- LocalFile, S3File, and AzureFile have been replaced by a new generic
keystone.Storageengine and File field
- We have much higher unit and end-to-end test coverage
Please try out Keystone 4 and let us know what you think:
npm install --save keystone
We'll be publishing a summary of the new features, changes, and improvements as we get closer to the final release. In the meantime, see the v0.3 -> v4.0 Upgrade Guide for information on what's changed.
Also check out our demo site, which has been updated to the new version!
This section provides a short intro to Keystone. Check out the Getting Started Guide in the Keystone documentation for a more comprehensive introduction.
The easiest way to get started with Keystone is to use the Yeoman generator:
$ npm install -g generator-keystone $ yo keystone
Answer the questions, and the generator will create a new project based on the options you select, and install the required packages from npm.
Alternatively, to include Keystone in an existing project or start from scratch (without Yeoman), specify
keystone: "4.0.0" in the
dependencies array of your
package.json file, and run
npm install from your terminal.
Config variables can be passed in an object to the
keystone.init method, or can be set any time before
keystone.start is called using
keystone.set(key, value). This allows for a more flexible order of execution. For example, if you refer to Lists in your routes you can set the routes after configuring your Lists.
See the KeystoneJS configuration documentation for details and examples of the available options.
Database field types
Keystone builds on the basic data types provided by MongoDB and allows you to easily add rich, functional fields to your application's models.
You get helper methods on your models for dealing with each field type easily (such as formatting a date or number, resizing an image, getting an array of the available options for a select field, or using Google's Places API to improve addresses) as well as a beautiful, responsive admin UI to edit your data with.
See the KeystoneJS database documentation for details and examples of the various field types, as well as how to set up and use database models in your application.
Running KeystoneJS in Production
When you deploy your KeystoneJS app to production, be sure to set your
ENV environment variable to
You can do this by setting
NODE_ENV=production in your
.env file, which gets handled by dotenv.
Setting your environment enables certain features (including template caching, simpler error reporting, and HTML minification) that are important in production but annoying in development.
We have a friendly, growing community and welcome everyone to get involved:
- Follow @KeystoneJS on twitter for news and announcements.
- Ask technical questions on Stack Overflow and tag them
- Report bugs and feature suggestions on our GitHub issue tracker.
- Join the KeystoneJS Slack for general discussion with the Keystone community and contributors.
We love to hear feedback about Keystone and the projects you're using it for. Ping us at @KeystoneJS on Twitter.
If you can, please contribute by reporting issues, discussing ideas, helping answer questions from other developers, or submitting pull requests with patches and new features. We do our best to respond to all issues and pull requests, and make patch releases to npm regularly.
If you are using KeystoneJS in any projects we encourage you to add to our Related Projects Page. This is also the place to find generators and other projects that bundle KeystoneJS.
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