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Next.js Pages Quickstart

Learn how to query data from Convex in a Next.js app using the Pages Router.

Alternatively see the App Router version of this quickstart.

  1. Create a React app

    Create a Next.js app using the npx create-next-app command.

    Choose the default option for every prompt (hit Enter).

    npx create-next-app@latest my-app --no-app --js
  2. Install the Convex client and server library

    To get started, install the convex package which provides a convenient interface for working with Convex from a React app.

    Navigate to your app and install convex.

    cd my-app && npm install convex
  3. Set up a Convex dev deployment

    Next, run npx convex dev. This will prompt you to log in with GitHub, create a project, and save your production and deployment URLs.

    It will also create a convex/ folder for you to write your backend API functions in. The dev command will then continue running to sync your functions with your dev deployment in the cloud.

    npx convex dev
  4. Create sample data for your database

    In a new terminal window, create a sampleData.jsonl file with some sample data.

    {"text": "Buy groceries", "isCompleted": true}
    {"text": "Go for a swim", "isCompleted": true}
    {"text": "Integrate Convex", "isCompleted": false}
  5. Add the sample data to your database

    Now that your project is ready, add a tasks table with the sample data into your Convex database with the import command.

    npx convex import --table tasks sampleData.jsonl
  6. Expose a database query

    Add a new file tasks.js in the convex/ folder with a query function that loads the data.

    Exporting a query function from this file declares an API function named after the file and the export name, api.tasks.get.

    import { query } from "./_generated/server";

    export const get = query({
    args: {},
    handler: async (ctx) => {
    return await ctx.db.query("tasks").collect();
  7. Connect the app to your backend

    In pages/_app.js, create a ConvexReactClient and pass it to a ConvexProvider wrapping your app.

    import "@/styles/globals.css";
    import { ConvexProvider, ConvexReactClient } from "convex/react";

    const convex = new ConvexReactClient(process.env.NEXT_PUBLIC_CONVEX_URL);

    export default function App({ Component, pageProps }) {
    return (
    <ConvexProvider client={convex}>
    <Component {...pageProps} />
  8. Display the data in your app

    In pages/index.js, use the useQuery hook to fetch from your api.tasks.get API function.

    import { useQuery } from "convex/react";
    import { api } from "../convex/_generated/api";

    export default function Home() {
    const tasks = useQuery(api.tasks.get);
    return (
    <main className="flex min-h-screen flex-col items-center p-24">
    {tasks?.map(({ _id, text }) => (
    <div key={_id}>{text}</div>
  9. Start the app

    Start the app, open http://localhost:3000 in a browser, and see the list of tasks.

    npm run dev