Migrating from v0 to v1

Move source directories (pages, components, utils, etc.) under src

We moved site source files under a “src” directory to cleanly separate them from config/data/build folders so to make integration with various JavaScript tooling (e.g. Prettier) simpler.

Everything related to webpack, loaders, Babel, React should work nearly identically under v1 of Gatsby compared to v0.

gatsby-link is a wrapper for the <Link> component in react-router. It automatically prefixes urls and handles prefetching. Add gatsby-link to your project by running:

npm install gatsby-link

gatsby-link auto-detects whether to use a plain <Link> or <NavLink> based on what props you pass it. There’s no need to wrap <IndexLink> because it was dropped in react-router v4 in favor of the exact prop.

Prefixing links is also now handled automatically by our new <Link> component so remove usages of prefixLink in links.

Use gatsby-link everywhere and things will Just Work™.

config.toml is now gatsby-config.js

If you previously added site metadata to config.toml, move that into the new gatsby-config.js.

You need to remove all requires/imports of config in your code.

Site-wide metadata should now be “queried” using GraphQL.

A minimal config module would look like:

and a minimal query would look like

exporting that from the same file as a React component will make the config information available to the component as a data prop on the component. For instance, the title attribute could be referenced as props.data.site.siteMetadata.title.

Migrate wrapper components to template components

In v0, there was the concept of “wrapper” components that would render each file of a given file type. E.g. markdown files would be rendered by a wrapper component at wrappers/md.js and JSON files wrappers/json.js, etc. Data would be parsed from the files and automatically injected into the wrapper components as props.

If you’re not using wrappers in your site, feel free to skip this section.

While this proved often intuitive and workable, it was overly prescriptive and restricted the types of pages that could be created due to the required 1-to-1 relationship between files and pages.

So for v1, we’re moving to a mode where sites must explicitly create pages and create mappings between template components and data.

Gatsby’s new data system turns your data into a queryable database. You can query data in any way to create pages and to pull in data into these pages.

These mappings can range between straightforward and complex. E.g. a markdown blog would want to create a post page for every markdown file. But it also might want to create tag pages for each tag linking to the posts using that tag. See this issue on programmatic routes and this blog post introducing work on v1 for more background on this change.

Here’s an example of migrating a markdown wrapper to Gatsby v1.

Add markdown plugins

Install Gatsby plugins for handling markdown files.

npm install gatsby-source-filesystem@next gatsby-transformer-remark@next gatsby-remark-copy-linked-files@next gatsby-remark-prismjs@next gatsby-remark-responsive-iframe@next gatsby-remark-images@next gatsby-remark-smartypants@next gatsby-plugin-sharp@next

Next add them to your gatsby-config.js file. Make your config file look something like the following:

Create slugs for markdown files

It’s handy to store the pathname or “slug” for each markdown page with the markdown data. This lets you query the slug from multiple places.

Here’s how you do that.

Now you can create pages for each markdown file using our slug. In the same gatsby-node.js file add:

You’ve now generated the pathname or slug for each markdown page as well as told Gatsby about these pages. You’ll notice above that you reference a blog post template file when creating the pages. You haven’t created that template file yet, so in your src directory, create a templates directory and add blog-post.js.

This is a normal React.js component with a special Gatsby twist—a GraphQL query specifying the data needs of the component. As a start, make the component look like the following. You can make it more complex once the basics are working.

At the bottom of the file you’ll notice the GraphQL query. This is how pages and templates in Gatsby v1 get their data. In v0, wrapper components had little control over what data they got. In v1, templates and pages can query for exactly the data they need.

There will be a more in-depth tutorial and GraphQL-specific documentation soon but in the meantime, check out https://graphql.org/ and play around on Gatsby’s built-in GraphQL IDE (Graph_i_QL) which can be reached when you start the development server.

At this point you should have working markdown pages when you run npm run develop! Now start gradually adding back what you had in your wrapper component adding HTML elements, styles, and extending the GraphQL query as needed.

Repeat this process for other wrapper components you were using.


This should generally work the same as in v0 except there are two additional props that must be added to your HTML component. Somewhere in your <head> add {this.props.headComponents} and somewhere at the end of your body, remove loading bundle.js and add {this.props.postBodyComponents}.

Also the target div now must have an id of ___gatsby. So the body section of your html.js should look like:

_template.js is now src/layouts/index.js

You should be able to copy your _template.js file directly making only one change making this.props.children a function call so this.props.children(). The rational for this change is described in this PR comment.

Nested layouts (similar to the nested template feature) are _not supported yet but are on the roadmap for v1.

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