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Source plugin for pulling data into Gatsby from Directus CMS.


This plugin pulls all your custom tables and creates Gatsby nodes for it.

For example, if you have a Posts table, you’ll get access to AllDirectusPost and directusPost queries which return values for the predefined fields for that column.

It works well with Gatsby’s createPages function if you want to dynamically create Blog posts from Directus, for instance.

Installation Guide

  • Install Gatsby
  • Install plugin by running npm npm i gatsby-source-directus -S
  • Configure the plugin in gatsby-config.js file:
module.exports = {
  siteMetadata: {
    title: `A sample site using Directus API`,
    subtitle: `My sample site using Directus`,
  plugins: [
      resolve: `gatsby-source-directus`,
      options: {
        * The base URL of Directus without the trailing slash. 
        * Example: 'example.com' or 'www.example.com'
        url: `directus.example.com`,
         * Directus protocol. Can be either http or https
        protocol: 'http',
         * Directus API key. You can find it on the bottom of your account settings page.
        apiKey: '123456789',   
         * This plugin will automatically transform plural table names into their singular counterparts.
         * However, if the name generated isn't correct, you can overwrite it by setting the `nameExceptions` object.
         * So, on the example below, a table "Posts", will be transformed to "Article" node type.
         * This config is optional
        nameExceptions: {
          posts: "Article",
         * This plugin will call the Directus API with the default request parameters.
         * In case you want to override these, you can pass in a `requestParams` object.
        requestParams: {
          depth: 2,


For every table in Directus, the plugin will create a separate node with Directus prefix.

So, for your posts and categories tables, the queries would be directusPost, allDirectusPost and directusCategory, allDirectusCategory.

This plugin is using Pluralize module to transform plural table names into singular node types to conform to the Gatsby naming convention. If for some reason, the generated name doesn’t seem right, you can overwrite the node name using the nameExceptions object in the plugin config. (see example above)

Example plugin with Gatsby’s createPages

This example assumes that you have created a posts table in Directus with title, author and content fields. It will use src/templates/post.jsx file as your template file.

const path = require('path')

exports.createPages = ({ boundActionCreators, graphql }, { urlPrefix }) => {
  const { createPage } = boundActionCreators

  return new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
            allDirectusPost {
              edges {
                node {
      ).then(result => {
        if (result.errors) {
          console.error('GraphQL query returned errors')

        result.data.allDirectusPost.edges.forEach(edge => {
          try {
            let node = edge.node
            let path = `posts/${node.id}`
              layout: 'index',
              component: path.resolve('src/templates/post.jsx'),
              context: {
                post: node,
            console.log(`Generated page '${path}'`)
          catch (error) {
            console.error(`Failed to generate page posts/'${path}': ${error}`)

To do

For now, the plugin cares only about your tables and table items.

I’m planning to extend the plugin to include:

  • Settings
  • Activity
  • Files


Feel free to contribute if you feel something’s missing.

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