Preview Drafts

Learn how to configure the gatsby-plugin-prismic-previews plugin to Integrate live Prismic previews into your Gatsby project.

🕙 Before Reading

The preview plugin explained in this article replaces the preview functionality provided by gatsby-source-prismic. Read the dedicated Previews migration guide if you set up your site for previews using the source plugin.

Set up Previews in your repository

Setup up previews in your Prismic repository. If you haven't done it yet, follow the dedicated guide:

Domain for Your Application in Gatsby Cloud

If you use Gatsby cloud, ensure the Domain for Your Application is the same as the CMS Preview URL copied from your Gatsby Cloud dashboard.

Using Amazon S3 or Gatsby Cloud?

If you are hosting your site with Gatsby Cloud or Amazon S3, set the Route Resolver option with a trailing slash (for example, /preview/, not /preview) to ensure they send the URL parameters to the preview page.

Other hosts, like Netlify, do not require particular configurations.

Configure the preview plugin

The gatsby-source-prismic plugin provides ready-to-use Higher-Order Components (HOC) to wrap pages. Refer to the technical reference if you want to learn how these components work in-depth.

1. Prerequisites

This preview plugin requires you to install and configure the source plugin in your project first. Also, you must have set up your routes with a Route Resolver function to resolve your URLs and work with links.

If you're missing these steps, refer to the dedicated articles to configure them and return.

2. Install the plugin

  • npm
  • Yarn
npm install gatsby-plugin-prismic-previews
yarn add gatsby-plugin-prismic-previews

As explained in the source plugin installation guide, ensure you're using Environment variables so secrets and other secured data aren't committed to source control.

3. Configure the plugin

Define the plugin configuration in the gatsby-config.js file. If you have multiple repositories, duplicate the plugin configuration for each repository and add the typePrefix plugin option to differentiate the schemas.

The following table indicates all the basic required fields of the plugin:

Plugin option



string (required)

The name of the plugin. It must be 'gatsby-plugin-prismic-previews'.


object (required)

Property that holds all the plugin configuration.


string (required)

The name of your Prismic repository. If your Prismic URL is '', your repo name is 'my-cool-website'.



The access token for private APIs. Only needed if the API of your repository is private.

Additionally, the following list indicates the options you must provide to both plugins. For example, if you configure a lang option in gatsby-source-prismic, then you must also provide it to gatsby-plugin-prismic-previews:

  • graphQuery
  • lang
  • pageSize
  • imageImgixParams
  • imagePlaceholderImgixParams
  • typePrefix
  • routes

Refer to the technical references to see all the available plugin options for the gatsby-source-prismic and gatsby-plugin-prismic-previews plugins.

Example configuration

In this example, we use the basic setup options. Update it with the ones that apply to your project. For instance, if your repository's API is public, you don't need an accessToken:

  path: `.env.${process.env.NODE_ENV}`,
module.exports = {
  plugins: [
      resolve: 'gatsby-plugin-prismic-previews',
      options: {
        repositoryName: process.env.GATSBY_PRISMIC_REPO_NAME,
        accessToken: process.env.PRISMIC_ACCESS_TOKEN,
        routes: require('./path-to-your-routeResolver').routeResolver,
        linkResolver: require('./path-to-your-linkResolver').linkResolver,
   // All other plugins and configurations

Configure your project code

Now connect your app to the plugin's system. The following steps explain which files will need to be created or updated.

1. Set the preview provider

Wrap your application with the <PrismicPreviewProvider> component. Create the following two files at the root of your project and set them up the same way. Following Gatsby's recommendation, they both share the same pieces of code:

  1. gatsby-ssr.js
  2. gatsby-browser.js

Then, update the values to match your repository information and project details:

If your project uses a Route Resolver in the plugin configuration you can omit adding a Link Resolver to repositoryConfigs.

gatsby-browser.js AND gatsby-ssr.js
import * as React from 'react'
import {
} from 'gatsby-plugin-prismic-previews'

import { linkResolver } from './path-to-your-linkResolver'
import PageTemplate from './path-to-your-page-templates'

export const wrapRootElement = ({ element }) => (
        repositoryName: process.env.GATSBY_PRISMIC_REPO_NAME,
        componentResolver: componentResolverFromMap({
          page: PageTemplate,

2. Add a preview resolver page

The preview page redirects to the correct page with preview content. For example, if an editor clicks the preview button for a blog post in the writing room, they will land on the preview resolver page within your app, which then redirects them to the blog post with previewed content.

Inside the ~/src/pages folder, create a preview.js file. This page's name should be the same as the Preview Route field of your repository's Settings > Previews configuration.

Here's an example of a preview resolver page:

import * as React from 'react'
import { withPrismicPreviewResolver } from 'gatsby-plugin-prismic-previews'

const PreviewPage = () => {
  return (
      <h1>Loading preview…</h1>

export default withPrismicPreviewResolver(PreviewPage)

☁️ Are you using Gatsby Cloud?

If you are using Gatsby Cloud for previews, you can stop here and continue with the dedicated guide to configuring Gatsby Cloud.

Continue if you are using a different hosting service like Netlify or Vercel.

3. Update content pages and templates

Add a _previewable field to the query and declare the withPrismicPreview() function. This setup will automatically detect an active preview session and update the content with the preview data.

This example shows a preview-connected page template:

import * as React from 'react'
import { graphql } from 'gatsby'
import { withPrismicPreview } from 'gatsby-plugin-prismic-previews'

const PageTemplate = ({ data }) => {
  const document =

  return (

export const query = graphql`
  query PageTemplate($id: String) {
    prismicPage(id: { eq: $id }) {
      data {
        title {

export default withPrismicPreview(PageTemplate)

4. 404 Not found page

Your app's 404 page is displayed any time a user visits a page that doesn't exist. This can be used to our advantage when trying to preview a page that has yet to be published. Because the page is not yet published, a page for it does not exist in your app. As a result, we can override the standard 404 page and render the previewed document instead.

This is what an unpublished preview 404 page could look like:

import * as React from 'react'
import { withPrismicUnpublishedPreview } from 'gatsby-plugin-prismic-previews'

const NotFoundPage = () => {
  return (
      <h1>Not found</h1>

export default withPrismicUnpublishedPreview(NotFoundPage)

5. Merge preview data when using useStaticQuery

If you have components that use Gatsby's useStaticQuery, they must be followed by the plugin's useMergePrismicPreviewData hook. This will merge previewed content into the static query's data.

When using this hook, queries must have a _previewable field, and the page must still be wrapped in withPrismicPreview as described in the Update content pages and templates section.

This is what a useStaticQuery could look like:

import * as React from 'react'
import { useStaticQuery, graphql } from 'gatsby'
import { useMergePrismicPreviewData } from 'gatsby-plugin-prismic-previews'

const NonPageComponent = () => {
  const staticData = useStaticQuery(graphql`
    query NonPageQuery {
      prismicSettings {
        data {
          site_title {
  const { data, isPreview } = useMergePrismicPreviewData(staticData)

  return (

export default NonPageComponent

Note that the component is not wrapped in withPrismicPreview. The page which contains this component, however, must use the withPrismicPreview higher-order component.

Technical reference

If you'd like to get more in-depth information about how the gatsby-plugin-prismic-previews plugin options works, refer to the dedicated article:

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