How do I start a Next.js project?

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Barry Dyngles

Are you eager to get started with Next.js, the well-known React framework for developing web applications? This guide will provide you with an understanding of how to create and configure a Next.js project from the ground up. Let’s get going!

What Is Next.js?

Next.js is an open-source JavaScript framework developed by Vercel (formerly known as Zeit). It is meant to make it effortless to construct React-based applications. In contrast to typical React applications, Next.js unifies server-side and client-side engineering into a single codebase. This assists developers in creating vibrant, interactive user experiences quickly and effortlessly.


Before you begin, please make sure you have the following installed on your machine:

  • Node.js
  • npm or yarn

Creating a Next.js Project

The most straightforward way to create a Next.js project is to use the command-line interface (CLI). To do this, open the terminal and type the following command:

npx create-next-app my-app

This command will generate a new Next.js project in a directory named “my-app”. You will also be prompted to choose a template for your project. In this guide, we will opt for the “default” template.

Once the project is created, you can move into the new directory and start the development server with the following command:

cd my-app && npm run dev

Your Next.js project is now up and running. You should see a message in your terminal that says “ready on http://localhost:3000”. Open your browser and enter this URL to view your project.

Building a Simple App

Now that we have our Next.js project running, let’s construct a simple application. We’ll begin by creating a new page. To do this, create a new file in the “pages” directory named “hello.js”. We’ll use this file to display a simple “Hello World” message.

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Add the following code to the file:

import React from 'react';

const Hello = () => {
  return (

Hello World!


export default Hello;

Now that we have our page, we need to create a route for it. To do this, open the “routes.js” file and add the following line:

  path: '/hello',
  component: 'pages/hello'

Save the file and open your browser to the URL “http://localhost:3000/hello”. You should now see your “Hello World” message.


In this guide, we have seen how to get started with Next.js. We have generated a new project and created a simple application. With Next.js, you can quickly and easily make rich, interactive applications.

If you wish to take your Next.js skills to the next level, be sure to look into the Next.js documentation. It is packed with useful tutorials and resources to help you make remarkable applications with Next.js.

Good luck!

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