Updating Medusa Admin from Gatsby to Vite
Medusa Admin has been updated to Vite. Learn about breaking changes since the update.
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_STORE_URL to store the Medusa backend’s URL.
After the update to Vite, the environment variable name changed to
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.
GATSBY_STORE_URL environment variables to be
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
For local usage and development, this shouldn’t have an effect. However, this is a breaking change if you deployed Medusa admin.
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:
- On your Medusa admin dashboard, click on “Site settings”.
- From the sidebar, choose “Build & deploy”.
- Find the “Build settings” section and click on the “Edit settings” button.
- Change the “Publish directory” field to
- 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.