Nov 30, 2020 - Design APIs Fast

Design APIs fast, manage content easily.
Ayush Gupta
Ayush GuptaSenior Software Engineer

Strapi is a flexible, open-source Headless CMS that gives developers the freedom to choose their favorite tools and frameworks, while also allowing editors to easily manage and distribute their content. By making the admin panel and API extensible through a plugin system, Strapi enables the world's largest companies to accelerate content delivery while building beautiful digital experiences.


Strapi can generate an admin panel in a few clicks and get your whole CMS set up in a few steps.

Strapi’s admin panel gives you an intuitive interface to create, edit and delete your content and automatically creates logic to handle CRUD operations, including filtering and permissions.

It has a built-in user system that allows you to manage users Roles & Permissions

Moreso, every part of your application can be easily customized. Strapi’s architecture allows you to extend your app to match your exact use case and install plugins like GraphQL etc. to your application.

Strapi's Tech Stack

To build, deploy, and manage Strapi, use the following recommended frameworks and programming languages for best results:

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How To Use Strapi-CLI.

Before you engage in creating a new project, it is very important to update your Node.js to (>v12.x). Go ahead and update it before reading on.

1. Create a new project:

If you want to use a specific database, you don’t have to use the --quickstart flag. The CLI will let you choose the database of your choice.

By default, create-strapi-app will generate an empty Strapi project. If you want an application that is pre-configured for a specific use case than you can use --template with template GitHub URL

2. Start the project:

Note: If created with --quickstart, then it will automatically run your application.

Navigate to http://localhost:1337/admin and create the first admin user.

  • Navigate to Content-Type Builder from the side panel under Plugins.
  • Click on + Create new collection type link and create a new collection.

Create a new collection

  • Add one or more fields for your collection.

Add fields for the Collection

  • Edit BASE SETTING and ADVANCE SETTING to add field names and properties.
  • Click finish to update all the fields to collection.
  • Finally, click Save to save the collection.

5. Add content to your collection

  • Navigate to COLLECTION TYPES from the side panel.
  • Click on the + Add New Restaurant button to add a new entry.

Add new content to the collection

  • Click on Save to update the changes.

6. Set roles and permissions

  • Click on Public Roles and scroll down to Permissions.

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  • Change the Permission for the collections routes that can access without auth and can update the action for every route from Advanced Settings
  • Change the USERS-PERMISSIONS public routes.

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Note: In a similar manner, we can update the Roles and Permissions for authenticated routes also.

Add plugins to your application

  • Navigate to Marketplace

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  • Add your required Plugin for the application like Roles & Permissions for JWT authentication, GraphQL, etc.

    Note: Roles & Permissions are pre-installed if you created with --quickstart so, you only need to update the roles and permissions from the Setting tab.

Manage Your Media Library

  • Navigate to Media Library.
  • You can add/update/delete your media assets from a single panel here.

Media Libray

Additional Features:

We can create Themes and Components by using + Create New Single Type and + Create New Component in Content-Type Builder

Additional features


Here we are! Your collection is now accessible at http://localhost:1337/

Consume your API with your favorite frameworks as well as frontend or backend programming languages like React, Vue.js, React Native, Ruby and many more.

Find the complete example project on Github, and Postman files for Postman Collection and Postman Environment at the links.

Thank you for reading!

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