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Plugin for creating File nodes from the file system. The various ‚Äútransformer‚ÄĚ plugins transform File nodes into various other types of data e.g. gatsby-transformer-json transforms JSON files into JSON data nodes and gatsby-transformer-remark transforms markdown files into MarkdownRemark nodes from which you can query an HTML representation of the markdown.


npm install --save gatsby-source-filesystem

How to use

// In your gatsby-config.js
module.exports = {
  plugins: [
    // You can have multiple instances of this plugin
    // to read source nodes from different locations on your
    // filesystem.
    // The following sets up the Jekyll pattern of having a
    // "pages" directory for Markdown files and a "data" directory
    // for `.json`, `.yaml`, `.csv`.
      resolve: `gatsby-source-filesystem`,
      options: {
        name: `pages`,
        path: `${__dirname}/src/pages/`,
      resolve: `gatsby-source-filesystem`,
      options: {
        name: `data`,
        path: `${__dirname}/src/data/`,

How to query

You can query file nodes like the following:

  allFile {
    edges {
      node {

Helper functions

gatsby-source-filesystem exports two helper functions:

  • createFilePath
  • createRemoteFileNode


When building pages from files, you often want to create a URL from a file’s path on the file system. E.g. if you have a markdown file at src/content/2018-01-23-an-exploration-of-the-nature-of-reality/, you might want to turn that into a page on your site at createFilePath is a helper function to make this task easier.

  // The node you'd like to convert to a path
  // e.g. from a markdown, JSON, YAML file, etc
  // Method used to get a node
  // The parameter from `onCreateNode` should be passed in here
  // The base path for your files.
  // Defaults to `src/pages`. For the example above, you'd use `src/contents`.
  // Whether you want your file paths to contain a trailing `/` slash
  // Defaults to true

Example usage

The following is taken from Gatsby Tutorial, Part Four and is used to create URL slugs for markdown pages.

const { createFilePath } = require(`gatsby-source-filesystem`);

exports.onCreateNode = ({ node, getNode, boundActionCreators }) => {
  const { createNodeField } = boundActionCreators;
  // Ensures we are processing only markdown files
  if (node.internal.type === "MarkdownRemark") {
    // Use `createFilePath` to turn markdown files in our `data/faqs` directory into `/faqs/slug`
    const relativeFilePath = createFilePath({
      basePath: "data/faqs/",

    // Creates new query'able field with name of 'slug'
      name: "slug",
      value: `/faqs${relativeFilePath}`,


When building source plugins for remote data sources such as headless CMSs, their data will often link to files stored remotely that are often convenient to download so you can work with locally.

The createRemoteFileNode helper makes it easy to download remote files and add them to your site’s GraphQL schema.

  // The source url of the remote file
  url: ``,

  // The redux store which is passed to all Node APIs.

  // Gatsby's cache which the helper uses to check if the file has been downloaded already. It's passed to all Node APIs.

  // The boundActionCreator used to create nodes

  // Adds htaccess authentication to the download request if passed in.
  auth: { user: `USER`, password: `PASSWORD` },

Example usage

The following example is pulled from gatsby-source-wordpress. Downloaded files are created as File nodes and then linked to the WordPress Media node, so it can be queried both as a regular File node and from the localFile field in the Media node.

const { createRemoteFileNode } = require(`gatsby-source-filesystem`);

exports.downloadMediaFiles = ({ nodes, store, cache, createNode, _auth }) => { node => {
    let fileNode;
    // Ensures we are only processing Media Files
    // `wordpress__wp_media` is the media file type name for Wordpress
    if (node.__type === `wordpress__wp_media`) {
      try {
        fileNode = await createRemoteFileNode({
          url: node.source_url,
          auth: _auth,
      } catch (e) {
        // Ignore

    // Adds a field `localFile` to the node
    // ___NODE appendix tells Gatsby that this field will link to another node
    if (fileNode) {
      node.localFile___NODE =;

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