Building the Spartacus Storefront Using 3.x Libraries

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.

Prerequisites

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:

  • Angular CLI: Version 10.1 or later, < 11.
  • Node.js: The most recent 12.x version is recommended, < 13.
  • Yarn: Version 1.15 or later.

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 Angular Schematics to quickly set up your application.

For a full list of available parameters please visit Spartacus schematics documentation.

Setting up the Core B2C Project Using Schematics

To install the latest official release of Spartacus using schematics:

ng add @spartacus/schematics

Notes:

  • The /schematics command adds the core Spartacus (or B2C) configuration, to work with SAP Commerce Cloud Electronics or Apparel sample stores.
  • To install the latest ‘Next’ or Release Candidate, you can add @next or @rc at the end of the command.
  • To verify what versions of Spartacus libraries were installed, open the file package.json and look for @spartacus.
  • The store locator feature is no longer included with the core Spartacus libraries. You can enable it by installing the @spartacus/storefinder feature library. For more information, see Installing Additional Spartacus Libraries.

Adding B2B Commerce Organization (Optional)

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.

Note: You need to first install the Spartacus core libraries before you can add B2B Commerce Organization. If you have not already done so, run the following command to install the Spartacus core libraries:

ng add @spartacus/schematics

To get Spartacus to work with the SAP Commerce Cloud Powertools sample store, you must add the B2B Commerce Organization configuration to Spartacus using schematics, as follows:

ng add @spartacus/organization

The installer asks what to include (Administration and Order-approval); both are required for B2B Commerce Organization to work. The default is both, so you can just press Enter when prompted.

Installing Dependencies

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

yarn install

Checking app.module.ts for Base URL and Other Settings

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

For example, check:

  • baseUrl: Points to your SAP Commerce Cloud server.
  • prefix: Defines the prefix for OCC calls.
    • The default for Spartacus libraries 3.0 and later is /occ/v2/; this entry is not added by schematics.
    • If using 2005 or later, the default backend prefix is /occ/v2/.
    • If using 1905, or 2005 with the OCC AddOn, add the line prefix: '/rest/v2/'.
  • features.level: Defines the compatibility level
  • context: Defines the site context such as base site, language, and currency.
    • To see the base site in the URL and add Apparel store support, change context to the following:

       context: {
       urlParameters: ['baseSite', 'language', 'currency'],
       baseSite: ['electronics-spa','apparel-uk-spa'],
       currency: ['USD', 'GBP',]
       },
      
    • If using Powertools, add powertools-spa to the list in baseSite.

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.

  • You can display the Apparel storefront through this URL: http://localhost:4200/apparel-uk-spa/en/GBP
  • You can display the Powertools storefront through this URL: http://localhost:4200/powertools-spa/en/USD

Congratulations! You’ve built your first Spartacus storefront.