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Next.js Preview Links
Plugin that provides links to preview content in Next.js
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Next.js Preview Links DatoCMS Plugin

Plugin that adds quick links to preview & view your DatoCMS on a Next.js site. Assumes you have a preview implementation based off of the official Next.js Preview Mode guide.


After installing the plugin, you'll need to configure the plugin settings like so:

Configuration screenshot

Then on each model you'd like to be able to preview, you'll need to add a JSON field, and under the "Presentation" tab, you'll want to select "Next.js Preview Links" as the "Field editor", and fill out the entity path for the given entity on your site. You can sub in any field on the entity using the $field_name, e.g. /blog/$slug or /product/$id.

JSON field screenshot

Preview Links

Once you've configured the plugin and added the field to a model, you will be able to see it as a sidebar widget.

Plugin screenshot

A blog post with a slug of my-first-post using the configuration from the example above would link to:

  • https://my-next-site.com/api/preview?secret=some-super-secret-key&slug=/blog/my-first-post for the "Preview" link
  • https://my-next-site.com/blog/my-first-post for the "View published" link

The query params on the API preview path are not configurable, and are based on Next.js' Preview Mode guide.


If you want to develop on this extension, the quickest way is to run yarn addToProject. That will walk you through setting it up. If you have trouble going through that setup, you can manually install it by going to Settings > Plugins, clicking the add button, and clicking "create a private one" in the lower right. Give it:

  • a name of your choosing
  • an entry point URL of http://localhost:5000
  • Sidebar widget as type of plugin
  • JSON as field types
  • Copy the JSON from package.json's parameters object into the parameter defintions

After that, you can just run yarn start, and it should be loading in the sidebar after you configure it with a model.

This project was largely based on the Gatsby plugin, and the DatoCMS Todo List example plugin.

Next.js Preview Links
Plugin that provides links to preview content in Next.jā€¦
Author gravatarwbobeirne
Plugin type
Sidebar widget
Compatible with fields
First released
August 14th, 2020
Current version
Installs count
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