The following instructions describe how to build a storefront application, for both B2C (Electronics, Apparel) and B2B (Powertools) sample stores. If you are building Spartacus from source, see Contributor Setup.

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Before carrying out the procedures below, ensure the following front end and back end requirements are in place.

Front End Development Requirements

Your Angular development environment should include the following:

Back End Server Requirements

Spartacus uses SAP Commerce Cloud for its back end and makes use of the sample data. Spartacus should only be used with SAP Commerce Cloud 1905 or newer; the latest release is recommended. The difference between releases is in the APIs and features available. Newer releases of SAP Commerce Cloud contain new OCC APIs. For example, the B2B Commerce Organization API was added in release 2005. For more information on which back end releases contain which APIs, see Feature Compatibility.

No matter the version, the latest patch is required, as important fixes are often added that affect Spartacus.

For more information, see Installing SAP Commerce Cloud for use with Spartacus.

Creating a New Angular App

The following procedure describes how to create a new Angular application with the name mystore.

  1. Open a terminal or command prompt window at the location of your choice.

  2. Using the Angular CLI, generate a new Angular application with the following command:

    ng new mystore --style=scss

    When prompted for Angular routing, enter n for ‘no’.

    The mystore folder and the new app are created.

  3. Access the newly created mystore folder with the following command:

      cd mystore

Spartacus Project Setup

The easiest way to start a new project is to use Spartacus schematics to quickly set up your application.

For a full list of available parameters, see Schematics.

Setting Up Your Project Using Schematics

Run the following command to install the latest patch version of Spartacus 3.2 using schematics:

ng add @spartacus/schematics@3.2

When you run this command, you are first asked to choose either a B2C or B2B configuration. The only difference between the two options is that the B2B configuration has a few additional OCC endpoints and a different checkout configuration. Specifically, the B2B configuration adds the defaultB2bOccConfig and defaultB2bCheckoutConfig from @spartacus/setup.

Note: Spartacus does not support B2C and B2B storefronts running together in a single storefront application. When you enable B2B Commerce Organization, the B2C storefront will load but not work properly.

After choosing b2c or b2b, the next prompt asks you which Spartacus features you want to set up in your storefront, and you are presented with a list of integration libraries and feature libraries to choose from.

To set up a Spartacus feature, you first install the relevant integration library or feature library by choosing it from the list. After the step for selecting which libraries you want to install, if you selected a library that contains multiple features, you are then prompted to select which features you want to install from that library. If you selected an integration library that requires additional information to complete the setup, you are also prompted to provide this information.

The @spartacus/user library is not included in the list of libraries to install because it is included by default. After the step for selecting which libraries you want to install, the next prompt asks if you want to install the Account and Profile features from the @spartacus/user library. It is highly recommended to install both.

For more information, see Integration Libraries and Feature Libraries.


Installing Dependencies

Install dependencies needed by your Spartacus app with the following command:

yarn install

Checking spartacus-configuration.module.ts for Base URL and Other Settings

Open the src\app\spartacus\spartacus-configuration.module.ts file, and check for any changes you want to make for your setup.

For example, check:

Starting Your Spartacus App

Start your app with the following command:

yarn start

Your app will be compiled and then started.

To display your storefront, assuming everything is installed locally, browse to http://localhost:4200. If you installed Electronics sample data and the Spartacus Sample Data extension, the Spartacus storefront for Electronics should appear.

Note: If your storefront doesn’t appear, likely you have to accept a privacy certificate. To do so, browse to https://localhost:9002/occ/v2/electronics/cms/pages (or ../rest/.. if using 1905), and then accept the privacy certificate. This step is necessary because your browser will block calls the app will make to localhost:9002 due to security settings. To see the browser message, right-click in your browser, select Inspect, then click Console.

Congratulations! You’ve built your first Spartacus storefront.