This Tutorial is written for developers who prefer a more detailed step-by-step introduction. (A less detailed version can be found at Quick Start Guide.)

By following this tutorial, you will install Strapi globally on your system, and then you will create your first Strapi project.


You need to have Node.js and npm installed on your system prior to following these steps. If you do not have Node.js and npm installed or are not sure, please visit our Installation Requirements.

Table of contents:

  1. Install Strapi globally
  2. Create a new project
  3. Create an admin user
  4. Create a Content Type
  5. Manage and add data to Content Type
  6. Set roles and permissions
  7. Consume the Content Type API

1. Install Strapi globally

npm install strapi@beta -g

Strapi is now installed globally on your computer. Type strapi -h in your command line to access available Strapi commands.

strapi -h

## You will get the following available commands
Usage: strapi [options] [command]

  -v, --version                                  output the version number
  -h, --help                                     output usage information

  version                                        output your version of Strapi
  console                                        open the Strapi framework console
  new [options] [name]                           create a new application
  start                                          Start your Strapi application
  develop|dev [options]                          Start your Strapi application in development mode
  generate:api [options] <id> [attributes...]    generate a basic API
  generate:controller [options] <id>             generate a controller for an API
  generate:model [options] <id> [attributes...]  generate a model for an API
  generate:policy [options] <id>                 generate a policy for an API
  generate:service [options] <id>                generate a service for an API
  generate:plugin [options] <id>                 generate a basic plugin
  build                                          Builds the strapi admin app
  install [plugins...]                           install a Strapi plugin
  uninstall [options] [plugins...]               uninstall a Strapi plugin
  help                                           output the help

2. Create a new project

Navigate to your parent Projects/ directory in your command line. Enter the following command to create a Strapi Quick Start project.

Path: ~/Desktop/Projects/ $

strapi new my-project --quickstart

The command will automatically create a Strapi project my-project folder within your parent Projects/ directory.


When you create a new Quick Start(--quickstart) project in Strapi, you will download all the node modules, the Strapi files necessary and the Strapi plugin files. THIS STEP CAN TAKE SEVERAL MINUTES DEPENDING ON YOUR INTERNET CONNECTION SPEED.

Please wait for the process to complete before cancelling or trying to continue.


You can replace the my-project name with any name you want. E.g. strapi new newProjectName --quickstart, this creates a folder ./Projects/newProjectName.

You will see something like this:

🚀 Creating your Strapi application.

✅ Connected to the database
🏗  Application generation:
✔ Copying files ...
✔ Installing dependencies ...
✔ Building your admin UI ...

👌 Your application was created at /Users/userName/Desktop/Projects/my-project.

⚡️ Starting your application...

> my-project@0.1.0 develop /Users/UserName/Desktop/Projects/my-project
> strapi develop

This will open your default browser to the Welcome page for creating an admin user.

Strapi Welcome Page for creating admin user


Using the --quickstart flag will install Strapi using a SQLite database. You may leave off the flag, but will need to follow the configuration steps for a different database. You will need to have your database choice already up and running prior to creating your project.

3. Create an admin user

The first user you create is the root user for your project. This user has all privileges and access rights. You will need to complete the following fields:

  1. Username, create a username for login access to your project, eg. paulbocuse
  2. Password, create a unique password for your project
  3. Email address, this will be used for recovery
  4. Check Receive news, this is optional but recommended
  5. Click the Ready to Start button

Example completed Welcome Screen with Admin User information

After your admin user is registered, you will see the Strapi admin panel:

Strapi Admin Panel

4. Create a new Content Type

Content Types are a collection of entered data represented by fields. For example, a Content Type called restaurant may be intended to display information regarding restaurants. A restaurant could have a name, a main image, a description, maybe even a link to the restaurant menu.

Another example, could be a Content Type called menu which is made up of menu items. These could have a name, description of the menu item, an image and perhaps even a list of ingredients.


More Restaurant themed Content Types can be seen in the Strapi demo site: Strapi Foodadvisor.

At this point, your project is empty. You need to create a new Content Type.

Go to the Content Type Builder plugin, located in the left menu: PLUGINS --> Content Type Builder.

You will create two content types. You will create a content type called Restaurant and another called Category.

Create Content Type Screen


Content Type name is always singular. For example, restaurant not restaurants. For example, category not categories.

The Restaurant Content Type

The Restaurant Content Type will have a String field for the restaurant name, and a Text field (with a WYSIWYG editor) for the restaurant description.

  1. Now add a new Content Type.

Click the "+ Add Content Type" button.

Now enter a Name for your new Content Type (call this restaurant), and you can write Restaurant Listings for the Description.

Then click the Save button.

Restaurant Name and Descriptions

  1. Now you are ready to add the Content Type fields. Add a String field for the Restaurant name and a Text field for a Restaurant description.

Add Restaurant Fields

Next, click on the String field.

You should be under the BASE SETTINGS tab, in the Name field, type Restaurant. This will be the name of the restaurant.

Input Restaurant Name Field

Now, click on the ADVANCED SETTINGS tab, check Required field and Unique field. This field is required for each restaurant and is not optional. Also, each restaurant is to have a unique name, so check the Unique field box. And then click the Continue button.

Advanced Settings String Field

You are now ready to add the second field, Text for the restaurant description. Click the + Add New Field button.

Add new restaurant field

From here, click the Text field.

Text Fields

You should be under the BASE SETTINGS tab, in the Name field, type Description. This will be the description of the restaurant.

Input Restaurant Description Field

Now, click on the ADVANCED SETTINGS tab, check Display as a WYSIWYG. This field will provide a rich text editor.

And then click the Continue button.

Advanced Settings Text Field

Lastly, click the Save button.

Save Restaurant Content Type

Wait for Strapi to restart, and then continue to create the Category Content Type.

Wait for Strapi Restart

The Category Content Type

The Category Content Type will have a String field named category, and a Relation field with a Many to Many relationship.

Now add this second content type. Click the + Add Content Type menu item.

Add Content Type Menu Item

Now enter a name for this new Content Type (call this one category), and write a Description. We will write Restaurant Categories for the description. Then click the Save button.

Category Content Type Name and Description

Now you are ready to add the content type fields. Next, add a String field for the Name and a Relation Field for creating a Many to Many relation between the Category Content Type and Restaurant Content Type.

Next, click on the String field.

Category add String Field

You should be under the BASE SETTINGS tab, in the Name field, type Catgeory. This will be the name of the category.

Category String Field Name

Now, click on the ADVANCED SETTINGS tab, check Required field and Unique field. This field is required for each category and is not optional. Also, each category to have a unique name, so check the Unique field box. And then click the Continue button.

Category String Field Advanced Settings

You are now ready to add the second field, the Relation field for the Many to Many relation setting between Categories and Restaurants. Click the + Add New Field button.

From here, click the Relation field.

Category Click Relation Field

This will bring you to the Add New Relation screen. You will change two elements on this page for the Relation field.

Add new Relation Field screen

First, click on Permission (Users-Permissions) and change it to Restaurant (on the right side).

Change Permission to Restaurant

The second element to change is to click the Many to Many icon (in the middle). It should now read, "Categories has and belongs to many Restaurants". Then click the Save button.

Category Has Many To Many Relation

Lastly, you will save this Content Type. Click the Save button.

Now Save Category

Wait for Strapi to restart.

Now Wait for Strapi to Restart

Files structure

A new directory has been created in the ./Projects/my-project/ folder of your application which contains all the needed files related to your restaurant and category Content Types. (You may take a look at the API structure documentation for more information.)

5. Add content to each Content Type

Now you can add content to the new Content Types.

Click on Restaurants under the CONTENT TYPES menu in order to Add New Restaurant.

Add Restaurant to Content Type

Next click on the + Add New Restaurant button (in the top right corner). Go ahead and type Strapi Restaurant in the Name field, with a description saying, Strapi restaurant is a cosy restaurant delivering one of the very fastest and nicest dining experiences in the world, combining nods to tradition with fierce modernity, warmth with daring. into the Description field. Then press the Save button..

Add Restaurant Name and Description

When it is saved, you will see your restaurant listed in the entries. From here you can edit it or add a new restaurant.

Restaurant is now listed

You have NOT yet added a Category to the Restaurant that was created. You first have to add the actual Category items to the Categories content type.

You will then assign two Categories, Convenient and Time Saving to this restaurant.

Click on Categories under the CONTENT TYPES menu on the left.

Category Add Content Type Screen

Click the + Add New Category button to add the first category Convenient. Type Convenient into the Name field. Next, you will see Restaurants (0) to the right. Select Strapi Restaurant, to add this category to the restaurant.

After selecting, Restaurants (0) to the right, it will change to Restaurants (1). And then press the Save button.

Add Convenient category to Restaurant

You now see the Category listed. Click the + Add New Category button to add the second category Time Saving.

Listed Convenient Category

Now let's add Time Saving. Type Time Saving into the Category field. Go ahead and save it WITHOUT adding it to the Strapi Restaurant field.

Add Time Saving category to Restaurant

You return to the Category Content Type page. You see both categories listed. Both have been assigned to the Restaurant you created earlier.

Both categories listed


If you want to add Categories directly from the Restaurants Content Type, you simply click on the Restaurant and add, edit or change EXISTING categories. Otherwise, you can create and add new Categories from the Category Content Type as you did above.

Go ahead and add Time Saving, the Strapi Restaurant.

Select Category from Restaurant

6. Set roles and permissions

By default, Strapi publishes all Content Types with restricted permissions. Which means you have to explicitly give permissions to each Content Type you create. You are going to give Public API (or URL) access to the Restaurant Content Type.

Locate and click on the Roles & Permissions menu item under PLUGINS on the left menu. (The Roles & Permissions plugin can accomplish many tasks related to permissions. For now, focus on the Public role.)

Next, click on the Public Role.

Roles and Permissions Panel

From here, scroll down under Permissions and find Restaurant and Category. Click the checkbox next to find and findone for each of them. Scroll back to the top, and click the Save button.

Check Find for Restaurant

7. Consume the Content Type API

The project is accessible by following the http://localhost:1337/ link. You will see the 'Welcome' screen.

Strapi Welcome Page

What you want is the Restaurant Content Type. The route is /restaurants. In your browser, type http://localhost:1337/restaurants.

Successful API call to Restaurant Content Type


If you have incorrectly or not set permissions to your content type, you will get a "403" permission error. See the below example.

Forbidden Access Looks like this:

Forbidden Access to Restaurant Content Type


👏 Congratulations, you have now completed the Strapi Quick Start Tutorial. Where to go next?