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The easiest way to get started with Next.js is by using create-next-app. This CLI tool enables you to quickly start building a new Next.js application, with everything set up for you.

You can create a new app using the default Next.js template, or by using one of the official Next.js examples.


You can create a new project interactively by running:

npx create-next-app@latest
yarn create next-app
pnpm create next-app
bunx create-next-app

You will then be asked the following prompts:

What is your project named?  my-app
Would you like to use TypeScript?  No / Yes
Would you like to use ESLint?  No / Yes
Would you like to use Tailwind CSS?  No / Yes
Would you like to use `src/` directory?  No / Yes
Would you like to use App Router? (recommended)  No / Yes
Would you like to customize the default import alias (@/*)?  No / Yes

Once you've answered the prompts, a new project will be created with the correct configuration depending on your answers.


You can also pass command line arguments to set up a new project non-interactively.

Further, you can negate default options by prefixing them with --no- (e.g. --no-eslint).

See create-next-app --help:

Usage: create-next-app <project-directory> [options]
  -V, --version                        output the version number
  --ts, --typescript
    Initialize as a TypeScript project. (default)
  --js, --javascript
    Initialize as a JavaScript project.
    Initialize with Tailwind CSS config. (default)
    Initialize with ESLint config.
    Initialize as an App Router project.
    Initialize inside a `src/` directory.
  --import-alias <alias-to-configure>
    Specify import alias to use (default "@/*").
    Explicitly tell the CLI to bootstrap the app using npm
    Explicitly tell the CLI to bootstrap the app using pnpm
    Explicitly tell the CLI to bootstrap the app using Yarn
    Explicitly tell the CLI to bootstrap the app using Bun
  -e, --example [name]|[github-url]
    An example to bootstrap the app with. You can use an example name
    from the official Next.js repo or a public GitHub URL. The URL can use
    any branch and/or subdirectory
  --example-path <path-to-example>
    In a rare case, your GitHub URL might contain a branch name with
    a slash (e.g. bug/fix-1) and the path to the example (e.g. foo/bar).
    In this case, you must specify the path to the example separately:
    --example-path foo/bar
    Explicitly tell the CLI to reset any stored preferences
  -h, --help                           output usage information

Why use Create Next App?

create-next-app allows you to create a new Next.js app within seconds. It is officially maintained by the creators of Next.js, and includes a number of benefits:

  • Interactive Experience: Running npx create-next-app@latest (with no arguments) launches an interactive experience that guides you through setting up a project.
  • Zero Dependencies: Initializing a project is as quick as one second. Create Next App has zero dependencies.
  • Offline Support: Create Next App will automatically detect if you're offline and bootstrap your project using your local package cache.
  • Support for Examples: Create Next App can bootstrap your application using an example from the Next.js examples collection (e.g. npx create-next-app --example api-routes) or any public GitHub repository.
  • Tested: The package is part of the Next.js monorepo and tested using the same integration test suite as Next.js itself, ensuring it works as expected with every release.