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Updating Medusa Admin from Gatsby to Vite

Medusa Admin has been updated to Vite. Learn about breaking changes since the update.


This guide applies if you're using an old version of the admin repository and you're adding the latest changes of the repository. However, this repository is now deprecated and it's highly recommended to switch to using an admin plugin instead. You can learn more in the upgrade guide


Medusa Admin previously was built using Gatsby. As of a recent update, the Admin is now migrated to Vite 3.

This introduced breaking changes related to environment variables used and the published directory. Read below for actions required following this update.

Required Node.js Version

Following the change to Vite 3, the required Node.js version for the Admin has changed. Vite 3 requires versions 14.8+ or 16+ of Node.js.

Changed Environment Variables

Previously, the Medusa Admin used the environment variables GATSBY_MEDUSA_BACKEND_URL or GATSBY_STORE_URL to store the Medusa backend’s URL.

After the update to Vite, the environment variable name changed to MEDUSA_BACKEND_URL.

The Medusa Admin remains backward compatible, which means you can still use the same environment variables. However, it is advised to make the change to the new variable.

Actions Required



Changed Publish Directory

Previously, the build output of the Medusa Admin was placed in the dist directory. After this update, the build output is placed in the public directory.

For local usage and development, this shouldn’t have an effect. However, this is a breaking change if you deployed Medusa Admin.

Actions Required

If you deployed your Medusa Admin, you must change the Publish directory in your hosting.

For Netlify, you can do that by following these steps:

  1. On your Medusa Admin dashboard, click on “Site settings”.
  2. From the sidebar, choose “Build & deploy”.
  3. Find the “Build settings” section and click on the “Edit settings” button.
  4. Change the “Publish directory” field to public.
  5. Click on the Save button.

This should trigger a new deployment of your Medusa Admin. If not, you must redeploy it manually for changes to take effect.

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