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Local Development

In this document, you’ll learn how to customize Medusa’s core and run tests.


As an open-source platform, Medusa’s core can be completely customized.

Whether you want to implement something differently, introduce a new future as part of Medusa’s core or any of the other packages, or contribute to Medusa, this guide helps you learn how to run Medusa’s integration tests, as well as test your own Medusa core in a local server.

Medusa Repository Overview

Medusa’s repository on GitHub includes all packages related to Medusa under the packages directory. This includes the core Medusa server, the JS Client, the CLI tools, and much more.

All the packages are part of a Yarn workspace. So, when you run a command in the root of the project, such as yarn build, it goes through all registered packages in the workspace under the packages directory and runs the build command in each of those packages.



When using and developing with the Medusa repository, it’s highly recommended that you use Yarn to avoid any errors or issues.

Fork and Clone Medusa’s Repository

To customize Medusa’s core or contribute to it, you must first fork and then clone the GitHub repository.

Install Dependencies and Build Packages

In the directory of the forked GitHub repository, run the following commands to install necessary dependencies then build all packages in the repository:

yarn install
yarn build

Medusa’s Dev CLI tool

Medusa provides a CLI tool to be used for development. This tool facilitates testing your local installment and changes to Medusa’s core without having to publish the changes to NPM.

To install Medusa’s dev CLI tool:

npm install medusa-dev-cli -g

Set the Location of the Medusa Repository

In the directory of your forked GitHub repository, run the following command to specify to the dev CLI tool the location of your Medusa repository:

medusa-dev --set-path-to-repo `pwd`

Run Tests in the Repository

In this section, you’ll learn how to run tests in the Medusa repository. This is helpful after you customize any of Medusa’s packages and want to make sure everything is still working as expected.

Run Unit Tests

To run unit tests in all packages in the Medusa repository, run the following command in the root directory of the repository:

yarn test

This runs the test script defined in the package.json file of each package under the packages directory.

Alternatively, if you want to run the unit tests in a specific package, you can run the test command in the directory of that package.

For example, to run the unit tests of the Medusa core:

cd packages/medusa
yarn test

Run API Integration Tests

API integration tests are used to test out Medusa’s core endpoints. To run the API integration tests:

  1. Change to the integrations-tests/api directory:
cd integration-tests/api

2. Install dependencies using Medusa’s dev CLI tool:

medusa-dev --force-install --external-registry

3. Run the test command:

yarn test

The --force-install option passed to medusa-dev ensures that the packages are installing from the local registry rather than copied as explained in the next section.

Run Plugin Integration Tests

Plugin integration tests are used to test out Medusa’s official plugins, which are also stored in the packages directory in the repository.

To run the plugin integration tests:

  1. Change to the integrations-tests/plugins directory:
cd integration-tests/plugins

2. Install dependencies using Medusa’s dev CLI tool:

medusa-dev --force-install --external-registry

3. Run the test command:

yarn test

Test in a Local Server

Using Medusa’s dev CLI tool, you can test any changes you make to Medusa’s packages in a local server installation. This eliminates the need to publish these packages on NPM publicly to be able to use them.

Medusa’s dev CLI tool scans and finds the Medusa packages used in your Medusa server. Then, it copies the files of these packages from the packages directory in the Medusa repository into the node_modules directory of your Medusa server.


Medusa’s Dev CLI tool uses the path you specified earlier to copy the files of the packages.

Copy Files to Local Server

To test in a local server:

  1. Change to the directory of the server you want to test your changes in:
cd medusa-server

2. Run the following command to copy the files from the packages directory of your Medusa repository into node_modules:


By default, Medusa’s dev CLI runs in watch mode. So, it copies the files when you first run it, then, whenever you make changes in the packages in the Medusa repository, it copies the changed files again.

CLI Options

Here are some options you can use to customize how Medusa’s dev CLI tool works:

  • --scan-once or -s: Copies files only one time then stops processing. If you make any changes after running the command with this option, you have to run the command again.
medusa-dev -s
  • --quiet or -q: Disables showing any output.
medusa-dev -q
  • --packages: Only copies specified packages. It accepts at least one package name. Package names are separated by a space.
medusa-dev --packages @medusajs/medusa-cli medusa-file-minio

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