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Local Development Tooling [BETA]: Getting Started

This is a beta release. Please refer to our developer beta terms.  For support, join the #local-dev-beta channel in the Designers and Developers Slack. 

The beta Local Development Tooling connects your local workflow to HubSpot, allowing you to utilize version control, your favorite text editor and various web development technologies when developing on the HubSpot CMS.

The Local Development Tooling supports a local project of Modules, Drag and Drop templates, HTML, CSS, and Javascript files. This project can then be synced to your HubSpot Design Tools. You can also watch this local project, and automatically sync changes of local files to your HubSpot account, creating a seamless integration between your code editor and HubSpot for rapid development.

In this guide, we'll walk through installing the basics, fetching a project from your HubSpot account, and then sync changes back to your Design Tools. To get the most out of this workflow, you'll need some working knowledge of the Command Line. For more commands and local file formats, see the Local Development Tooling Reference.

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Install Dependencies

To use the local tooling, you'll need to:

  1. Install Node.js, a Javascript runtime environment that enables the local tools. Versions 8.9.1 or higher of Node are supported, but we recommend the long-term support (LTS) version.
  2. To install the HubSpot tools globally, run npm install -g @hubspot/cms-cli in your command line. To install the tools in your current directory, run npm install @hubspot/cms-cli.

Note: If you prefer, you can also use Yarn. Homebrew is not required but recommended for easy installation. If you are using Yarn, commands are run with the yarn prefix.

Create a working directory

Create a folder for your local project. For example, run mkdir local-cms-dev in the command line, which will create a directory. Then, run cd local-cms-dev to navigate to that directory.

Set up your configuration file

In your new directory, run touch hubspot.config.yml to create a hubspot.config.yml file. This file contains your authentication credentials to allow your local project to interact with your HubSpot account. When you run commands in the local tools, the tools reference this file to authenticate your HubSpot account access. This file may live in a higher level directory than your project files.

There are two ways that you can authenticate with HubSpot in your local development environment.

  1. OAuth2 (more secure)
    1. Create a private developer app. NOTE: If you select more than the "Content" scope in your apps permissions, your app will not work with this tooling. The app will work with no scopes selected.  
    2. Run npx hs auth oauth2 in the command line. This will begin a series of command line prompts.
    3. Enter your CMS Portal id.
    4. Enter your client id and client secret from your private developer app. This will open a window in your default browser requesting authorization.
    5. Select your CMS portal on the authorization page.
    6. Request for Integrations Permissions: your private app will request permission to access your account data. Click "Grant Access".
    7. If successful, you should see "Authorization Succeeded", and your hubspot.config.yml file will be updated.
    Learn more about OAuth2
  2. HubSpot API Key
    1. Set up an API key for the portal.
    2. Add an entry in the config file.

Your  hubspot.config.yml will look something like this:

defaultPortal: 'DEV'
  # Sample apikey entry, manually entered
  - name: 'DEV'
    portalId: 123
    authType: 'apikey'
    apiKey: 'xxxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx'
  # Sample oauth2 entry, generated from running npx hscms auth oauth2  
  - name: 'PROD'
  	portalId: 345
    authType: oauth2
      clientId: xxx-xxx-xxx-xxx
      clientSecret: xxx-xxx-xxx-xxx
        - content
        expiresAt: '2019-07-01T16:42:44.311Z'
        refreshToken: xxx-xxx-xxx-xxx
        accessToken: >-

In the above example, you'll notice multiple entries are supported in the hubspot.config.yml file. You can optionally add a name to an account entry. When running commands, either name or portalId can be used in the --portal= option (ex. --portal=123 and --portal=DEV will both interact with account ID 123 based on the above example). If you set a top-level defaultPortal, you can exclude the --portal= option from your commands, but commands will reference that default portal.

Fetch a project from your account

Using the fetch command, run npx hs fetch --portal=<name> <src> <dest> to get an entire projects folder tree and files from your HubSpot account into your local environment. The src is the project path in your HubSpot Design Tools, and the dest is the path to the local directory you would like the files to be placed, relative to your current working directory. To fetch the project to your current working directory, you can leave out the <dest> argument.

Here is an example of how you would fetch a project from your HubSpot account:

$ local-cms-dev npx hs fetch --portal=DEV cms-project

This is the Design Tools project we fetched to our local environment:

Make changes and sync to your HubSpot account

Using the upload command, run npx hs upload --portal=<name> <src> <dest> to upload the project in your local environment to your HubSpot account. This will copy the contents of the <src> and upload them to your HubSpot account in the <dest>. If you're creating a new project in your Design Tools, the <dest> can be a net new folder in HubSpot.

Here is an example of how you would upload the example project into your HubSpot account:

$ local-cms-dev npx hs upload --mode=draft cms-project cms-project

This uploads a draft version of your changes, so you can preview them in the design tools. If you'd prefer to publish your changes from this sync command, use --mode=publish, or omit the --mode option.

Watch your local project and automatically upload changes

Run  npx hs watch --portal=<name> <src> <dest> to watch your local directory and automatically upload changes to your HubSpot account on file saves.

Here is an example of how you would run that command with the watch command:

$ local-cms-dev npx hs watch --mode=draft cms-project cms-project

For more commands, see the Local Development Tooling Reference.