Getting Started

Set up a ScandiPWA theme in a few minutes!

ScandiPWA recommends developing applications locally. We have created two tools in order to make this process of installation smooth. They are as follows:


...if you need:


A ScandiPWA front-end


A Magento back-end

It is possible to combine these setups to deploy ScandiPWA in multiple modes:

Heads up!

In case you are deploying ScandiPWA on a production server or you would like to develop on a remote server (via SSH, for example), please follow the link below.

Storefront mode (CSA)

In Standalone storefront mode - the front-end is running on a small separate server and uses a remote Magento 2 instance as the source for the data.

In this mode, you are NOT required to run Magento 2 locally to develop.

When using this mode it is enough to have a ScandiPWA theme powered by CSA (Create ScandiPWA App) to compile it. As a data source, you can use any existing properly configured Magento 2 instance or create a ready Magento 2 instance using RMG (ReadyMage).

Magento theme mode (CSA + CMA)

In Magento 2 theme mode - the front-end is statically compiled and served by Magento 2 server. In this case, data comes directly from the same server the application is hosted on.

In this mode, you are required to run Magento 2 locally to develop.

When developing a Magento 2 theme, the local installation of Magento 2 is required. In order to simplify the local Magento 2 installation, we created CMA (Create Magento App) toolchain, with a goal to start a Magento 2 instance with a single command. The CSA (Create ScandiPWA App) toolchain will still be used to compile a theme.