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Medusa Admin Quickstart

This document will guide you through setting up the Medusa admin in minutes, as well as some of its features.


The Medusa admin is connected to the Medusa server. So, make sure to install the Medusa server first before proceeding with the admin. You can check out the quickstart guide to install the Medusa server.


If you’re not very familiar with Medusa’s architecture, you can learn more about it in the Architecture Overview.

Instant Deployment to Netlify

Instead of manually following this guide to install then later deploy the Medusa Admin, you can deploy the Medusa Admin to Netlify with this button:

Deploy to Netlify

Install the Admin

Start by cloning the Admin GitHub repository and changing to the cloned directory:

git clone medusa-admin
cd medusa-admin

Then, install the dependencies:

npm install

Test it Out

Before running your Medusa admin, make sure that your Medusa server is running.


To run your Medusa server, go to the directory holding the server and run:

npm run start

Then, in the directory holding your Medusa admin, run the following to start the development server:

npm run start

By default, the admin runs on port 7000. So, in your browser, go to localhost:7000 to view your admin.

Admin Log In

Use your Medusa admin’s user credentials to log in.


If you installed the demo data when you installed the Medusa server by using the --seed option or running:

npm run seed

You can use the email and password supersecret to log in.

Create a New Admin User

To create a new admin user from the command line, run the following command in the directory holding your Medusa server:

medusa user -e -p some-password

This will create a new user that you can use to log into your admin panel.

Changing the Default Port

The default port is set in package.json in the develop script:

"develop": "gatsby develop -p 7000",

If you wish to change the port you can simply change the 7000 to your desired port.

However, if you change your Medusa admin port, you need to change it in your Medusa server. The Medusa server has the Medusa admin and store URLs set in the configurations to avoid Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) issues.

To change the URL of the Medusa admin in the server, add a new environment variable ADMIN_CORS or modify it if you already have it to your Admin URL:


Make sure to replace <YOUR_ADMIN_URL> with your URL.


For more details about the Admin CORS configuration, check out the Configure your Server documentation.

Admin Features Overview

Order Management

In the Medusa admin, you can view all orders in your store and their details. You can fulfill orders, capture payments, and track order history. You can also create and manage return requests, swaps, and claims.

Order Management

Product Management

In the Medusa admin, you can manage your store’s products. You can create products, add their description and images, create variants with multiple options, set different prices for different currencies, and manage inventory.


To upload images and save products, you need to integrate a file storage plugin. You can use DigitalOcean Spaces, S3, or MinIO.

Product Management

Customer Management

In the Medusa admin, you can manage your store’s customers. You can manage their information and get a close-up on their orders.

Customer Management

Discounts Management

In the Medusa admin, you can manage your store’s discounts. You can create and manage discounts created for all products or specific products. Discounts can also be of a fixed amount or free shipping. You can also customize the discount code, its expiry date, its description, and more.

Discounts Management

Gift Cards Management

In the Medusa admin, you can manage your store’s gift card products. You can create a gift card product with images and descriptions. You can specify unlimited denominations as well.

Gift Cards Management

Settings Management

In the Medusa admin, you can manage your store’s overall settings. These include your store’s regions, fulfillment providers, payment providers, your store’s users, and more.

Settings Management

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