What is This For?

What can I do when I need a pre-baked admin dashboard in my dApp?

forge-keystone-starter is here to help! forge-keystone-starter is the go to solution if you want to build applications with a pre-baked admin dashboard generated with keystone.js that runs on forge powered chains.

forge-keystone-starter is based on the awesome forge-next-starter.

What's Included?

forge-keystone-starter is a keystone.js dApp template that have forge-sdk integrated, it consists of 2 core parts:

Frontend Part

Built upon the application skeleton we got after running create-react-app, dApps bootstrapped with this starter have several widely used react libraries integrated to make page composing easier:

Backend part

Besides, to make the dApp works along with the ABT Wallet, some APIs are required, a minimal API server built upon express and Next.js are also included.

Please note that both keystone.js and next.js is embedded in an express server instance.


This starter needs some environment variables to work, which are stored in the .env file in the project root directory:

server only

  • MONGO_URI: MongoDB connection string
  • APP_TOKEN_SECRET: JWT token secret
  • APP_SK: dAPP's secret key
  • APP_PORT: Server port

Both client and server

  • CHAIN_ID: Chain ID of the chain
  • CHAIN_HOST: The graphQL API server host of the chain
  • APP_NAME: dAPP's name
  • APP_DESCRIPTION: dAPP's description
  • APP_ID: dAPP's ID
  • BASE_URL: Base url of server

Use cases?

forge-keystone-starter can be start point for any forge powered dApp, you can built many blockchain powered apps, such as:

  • Online store that sells digital assets and accept ABT as payments
  • Online community application that authentication users through ABT Wallet
  • Admin console for internal use that are protected by ABT Wallet


Here are the knowledge requirements to get you up to speed when using this starter blocklet:

  • Basic javascript coding experience
  • Basic react coding experience
  • Basic knowledge of mongodb
  • Basic knowledge of keystone.js

And to get the starter blocklet up and running on first try, you should:

  • A handy command line terminal
  • Install latest version of forge-cli: npm install -g @arcblock/forge-cli
  • Spin up a forge-powered chain with forge-cli
  • Have a running mongodb instance that the dApp can connects to

Besides, you need to have ABT Wallet installed to try out the application after bootstrapping.


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