The Best Headless CMS for React

GraphCMS is the ideal Headless CMS for React applications. Read further to learn how our API-first CMS allows you to add components to your ReactJS apps in minutes.

Why Use a Content Management System With React?

team working on and discussing a react cms solution

Most likely you work with React because of its component structure and development performance. Using a CMS with your ReactJS project in replacement of hard-coded content means your developers no longer have to deal with things like spelling errors and manually adding locales. Getting started with a React CMS (React + Headless CMS) will garner your team of developers and marketers the best of both flexibility and scalability.

Choosing GraphCMS for Your ReactJS Project

GraphCMS is a headless CMS based on GraphQL. We all know that GraphQL and React are like peanut butter and jelly as they were both created to solve the problems of managing structured content in an easy to understand way. GraphCMS is one of the best choices for a "React CMS" because it based 100% on GraphQL and, as such, helps makes working with your structured content as simple as possible. The concept of a headless CMS is directly in line with the component based philosophy of React.

GraphCMS' unique CMS benefits with React are:

Focus on the Developer Experience (DX) of setting up applications. We try to be the most un-opinionated CMS on the market.

Our management API is flexible and powerful, our content API is a dream to work with, too.

As a headless CMS (i.e. API based content management), you can be as modular and flexible as you need. We even support multiplatform content management.

isometric screenshot of the react cms, GraphCMS

How to use GraphCMS with ReactJS

The React framework is one of the best ways to build a modern UI. Here is an intuitive way to get started with your React CMS. You may use whichever React starter or process you prefer. In this example, we will be using create-react-app. More information on create-react-app setup can be found here.

  1. Bootstrap a project. In your terminal: npm i -g create-react-app then create-react-app graphcms-starter-blog
  2. Feed GraphQL data into our app. To do so we will use Apollo. In your terminal: yarn add apollo-client react-apollo apollo-cache-inmemory apollo-link-http graphql-tag graphql
  3. Add your GraphQL query to the page. Your data should be fetched in a manner similar to the following code snippet:
    query posts($first: Int!, $skip: Int!) {
      posts(orderBy: dateAndTime_DESC, first: $first, skip: $skip) {
        coverImage {
      postsConnection {
        aggregate {
  4. Add additional dependencies. Since this example is a blog post, we will install react-router and react-markdown to parse the markdown from GraphCMS. In your terminal: yarn add react-router-dom react-markdown
  5. Render data to page. For example: <h1>{post.title}</h1> or <Markdown source={post.content} escapeHtml={false} />

For complete code examples you can find the original example in our documentation.

React + GraphCMS Templates and Example Projects

We have consolidated a number of templates and examples to create your own React CMS. These examples range from very basic sites, static sites with Gatsby, to Apollo Server integrations. We update this list frequently so check back for future examples!

When I first saw GraphCMS, I was totally blown away by the care taken in the interface. It felt like something that I'd really want to use and something I could see being a true modern replacement to the current class of CMSs

- Scott Tolinski, Web Developer
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