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This quick example is an application that uses the hello-stacker Stack to generate the basic structure of a web page in HTML.

Follow the steps below to create a web page structure with the hello-stacker Stack. These are the same steps to create a real application.

Step 1. Install STK CLI

Install STK CLI according to your operating system:

Set up your user in Git

After installing Git and STK CLI, configure the username and email for your repository account. In the terminal, run the following command sequence:

Step 1. Set up your user name and email


git config --global "{username}"


git config --global "{email}"

Step 2. Check the configuration

Run the commands below:

git config --get


git config --get

If you get your Git repository username and email in the terminal, follow the steps below. If you have no response in the terminal or need to correct something, repeat Step 1.

Step 2. Import a Stack


If you already have one of the available Stacks installed on your computer and want to use one of them to create this application, skip to Step 3.

To create an application you need a Stack as a Template. To import a Stack use the command below:

stk import stack <URL_OF_STACK_IN_GIT>

For this example, import the hello-stacker Stack:

stk import stack

If you used the link above to add a Stack and there was an error, run the commands one at a time in your terminal:

git config --global http.sslverify false
git config --global https.sslverify false

Go to the Studios website to find the available Stacks on StackSpot. Then copy the URL to use in this command.

Step 3. Consult Stacks, Templates, Plugins, and Stackfiles

Before creating an application, check the Stacks features you can use to create an application:


Check the available Stacks for you to import. Run the command:

stk list stack

Read more about Stacks.


Check the available Templates and the type of resource that is available. Run the command below:

stk list template

Read more about Templates.


Check the available Plugins and the capabilities that each Plugin adds to your application. Run the command below:

stk list plugin

Read more about Plugins.


Check the available Stackfiles, Templates, and Plugins you want to add to your application. Run the command below:

stk list stackfile

Save the name of the Stackfile you want to use, you will need to use it in the next step.

Read more about Stackfiles and how [to use a Stackfile](User Guide/User Journey/

Step 4. Create an application with Stackfile

Now, you can create the application, run the command below:

stk create app myApp --stackfile <STACK-NAME/STACKFILE-NAME>

For the example with the hello-stacker Stack, run the command below:

stk create app helloStacker --stackfile stack-hello-stacker/default

The project's Stackfile asks you to choose which message you would like to use to greet the user. Use the arrow keys to select the best option and press the key Enter to confirm.

For more information about the available parameters, run the stk create app --help command or go to the stk create app. command page.

Step 5. Open the application


The instructions in this step are only for the hello-stacker example.

Go to your project's folder. This example is:

cd helloStacker

Open the index.html file in your browser. You can also open it from the terminal using the default browser:

  • Windows:

    start index.html
  • MacOS:

    open index.html
  • Linux (depends on the xdg-utils package):

    xdg-open index.html

Step 6. Apply a Plugin

The Stackfile applied a Template and a Plugin to the project, but the Stack has more Plugins to be used. Check the available Plugins before applying them.

Run the command below to see the Plugins:

stk list plugin

Check the example below:

Now, run the command in your application's directory:

stk apply plugin <STACK-NAME/PLUGIN-NAME>

In this hello-stacker case, the goal is to improve the application so that it knows the user's name when visiting the page.

In the project folder, run the command below:

stk apply plugin stack-hello-stacker/plugin-hello-stacker

Return to the browser and refresh the page with the index.html previously opened, or follow the Step 5 again. You can see the new functionality added to the web page.

You did all the steps to create an application and add functionality. To see the final result, follow Step 5 again.

The steps you did, used a default Stackfile, so it was necessary to apply a Plugin to have more functionality. If you had already used the hello-stacker-ask-name Stackfile, this step would not be necessary, as the Plugin would already have been applied.


If you run the stk apply plugin command in the folder of a project that was not created using a Stack (a legacy project, for example), the command will ask for your authorization before applying the Plugin.

For more information, check the [Apply Plugin in a legacy project](User Guide/user-tutorials/ section.

Next steps

  • StackSpot has studios with available Stacks for you to start using now! Access the StackSpot’s website to choose your Studio and learn more what you can do with each Stack.

  • Learn more about the StackSpot concepts, see the Glossary section.

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