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Sourcing from the Filesystem

This guide will walk you through sourcing data from the filesystem.


This guide assumes that you have a Gatsby project set up. If you need to set up a project, please reference the Quick Start Guide.

It will also be useful if you are familiar with GraphiQL, a tool that helps you structure your queries correctly.

Using gatsby-source-filesystem

gatsby-source-filesystem is the Gatsby plugin for creating File nodes from the file system.

Install the plugin at the root of your Gatsby project:

Then add it to your project’s gatsby-config.js file:

Save the gatsby-config.js file, and restart the Gatsby development server.

Open up GraphiQL.

If you bring up the autocomplete window, you’ll see:


Hit Enter on allFile then type Ctrl + Enter to run a query.


Delete the id from the query and bring up the autocomplete again (Ctrl + Space).


Try adding a number of fields to your query, pressing Ctrl + Enter each time to re-run the query. You’ll see something like this:


The result is an array of File “nodes” (node is a fancy name for an object in a “graph”). Each File object has the fields you queried for.

Transforming File nodes

Once files have been sourced, various “transformer” plugins in the Gatsby ecosystem can then be used to transform File nodes into various other types of data. For example, a JSON file can be sourced using gatsby-source-filesystem, and then the resulting File nodes can be transformed into JSON nodes using gatsby-transformer-json.

Further reference and examples

For further reference, you may be interested in checking out the gatsby-source-filesystem package README, and various official and community starters that use the plugin.

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