CLI tools to be paired with @hubspot/local-cms-server
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Command line tools for running and using the Local CMS Server


TL;DR - How do I get the server up and running with examples to look at?

yarn add @hubspot/local-cms-server-cli
yarn hs-cms-server init # accept the defaults for all prompts
yarn hs-cms-server start

NOTE: if this is your first starting the server, it may take a minute to pull down the docker image. Once you see the line "Local HubL Server started, running at" printed to the console, navigate to that URL in your browser

TL;DR - How do I start the server with my own portal data?

yarn add @hubspot/local-cms-server-cli
yarn hs-cms-server init --config --context
# respond to the CLI prompts (hapikey, FTP creds, portalId)
yarn hs-cms-server run-tasks download-all
yarn hs-cms-server start

Project Structure

Your project should have two directories: context and designs (These names can be configured to whatever you'd like, more on that later)

  • context - This directory contains HubSpot entities, as well as some default stylesheets to be rendered with your templates. e.g., your context directory could have a hubdb/<portalId> directory. In your templates, you will be able to use HubL tags and functions that reference these HubDB tables.
  • designs - This directory will contain all your HubL templates, stylesheets, js, custom modules in whatever organization you'd like. It is meant to mimic the structure of your project within the design manager UI.


yarn hs-cms-server start

Pulls down the latest docker image of the local cms server (unless you already have it locally), checks the current directory for server-config.yaml and then starts the server on `

This will bring you to an index page with three sections:

  • Template Links - straight HTML templates. These are rendered as is, so if they reference context variables from a page or blog object, those variables won't exist
  • Page Links - Renders content objects (found in context/content/<portalId>/) with their specified template. If your template references content variables, those will be rendered
  • Blog Links - Renders blog listing pages (found in context/blogs/<portalId>/) with their specified template.

yarn hs-cms-server init [--config] [--designs] [--context] [--all]

  • The --config flag initializes a cli-config.yaml and server-config.yaml
  • The --context flag initializes a `context directory. This includes default hubspot stylesheets, some generic objects to be rendered with your templates (e.g. site-settings.json), as well as some example objects that will be rendered with portal 123
  • The --designs flag initializes a designs directory with some example templates, that reference some of portal 123's data in the context directory
  • --all will initialize all of the above. You can also omit a flag all together for the same effect

yarn hs-cms-server run-tasks [--tasks] [task-name-1] [task-name-2] ...

This command is used to run gulp tasks for downloading data from your portal to your project. It uses the configs specified in cli-config.yaml The --tasks flag lists the valid tasks you can run, which are:

  • download-all - Runs all the download-* tasks
  • download-blogs - Downloads blog listing page objects, which allows you to render your templates with blog context
  • download-content - Downloads page content, which allows you to render your templates with page context
  • download-default-modules - Downloads the default modules for your portal, in a .module directory structure. e.g. Rich Text module
  • download-designs - Uses FTP to download your designs directory
  • download-hubdb - Downloads your hubdb tables/rows
  • download-layouts - Downloads drag and drop layout objects, to locally render pages built in the DnD editor
  • download-menus - Downloads navigation menus
  • download-resource-mappings - Downloads a mapping file of resource ID -> file location in the design manager. This is needed for HubL functions that reference resources by their ID.

yarn hs-cms-server upload

This command uploads the list of files/directories specified under the ftp-upload.files property.



  • portalId: the portal you are working with
  • contextBaseDir: the relative path to your context dir
  • templateBaseDir: the relative path to your designs dir

You shouldn't need to worry about the other properties in that file


This config is used for the run-tasks command described above. Here you can specify your hapikey (for connecting to HubSpot APIs) and your contextDirPath for where you want these local entities to be stored. This should match the contextBaseDir in server-config.yaml. Your hapikey can be found here: https://app.hubspot.com/l/integrations-settings/api-key

  • download-designs asks for your FTP username/password, portalId, and the local output dir.
  • limit is a property for most tasks. If the limit is set to null for a task, then all the entities in that task will be downloaded via multiple calls to the API. If you don't need all entities, consider setting this limit property.

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