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⚠️ Open SaaS is now running on Wasp v0.13! If you're running an older version of Open SaaS, please follow the migration instructions here ⚠️

Guided Tour

Awesome, you now have your very own SaaS app up and running! But, first, here are some important things you need to know about your app in its current state:

  1. When signing up with a new user, you will get a message to check your email for a verification link. But, in development, these emails are simply written to your terminal. So, to continue with the registration process, check your server logs after sign up!
server logs
[ Server ] ╔═══════════════════════╗
[ Server ] ║ Dummy email sender ✉️ ║
[ Server ] ╚═══════════════════════╝
[ Server ] From: Open SaaS App <>
[ Server ] To:
[ Server ] Subject: Verify your email
[ Server ] ═════════ Text ═════════
[ Server ] Click the link below to verify your email: http://localhost:3000/email-verification?token=eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJlbWFpbCI6InZpbm55QHdhc3Auc2giLCJleHAiOjE3MTg5NjUyNTB9.PkRGrmuDPuYFXkTprf7QpAye0e_O9a70xbER6LfxGJw
[ Server ] ═════════ HTML ═════════
[ Server ] <p>Click the link below to verify your email</p>
[ Server ] <a href="http://localhost:3000/email-verification?token=eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJlbWFpbCI6InZpbm55QHdhc3Auc2giLCJleHAiOjE3MTg5NjUyNTB9.PkRGrmuDPuYFXkTprf7QpAye0e_O9a70xbER6LfxGJw">Verify email</a>
[ Server ] ════════════════════════
  1. Your app is still missing some key configurations (e.g. API keys for Stripe, OpenAI, AWS S3, Auth, Analytics). These services won’t work at the moment, but don’t fear, because we’ve provided detailed guides in these docs to help you set up all the services in this template.
  2. If you want to get a feel for what your SaaS could look like when finished, check out in your browser. It was built using this template! So make sure to log in, play around with the demo app, make a test Stripe payment, and check out the admin dashboard.

In the sections below, we will take a short guide through the codebase and the app’s main features. Then at the end of this tour, we also prepared a checklist of likely changes you will want to make to the app to make it your own.

We’re looking forward to seeing what you build!

Getting acquainted with the codebase

Now that you’ve gotten a first look at the app, let’s dive into the codebase.

At the root of our project, you will see three folders:

Terminal window
├── app
├── blog
└── e2e-tests

app contains the Wasp project files, which is your full-stack React + NodeJS + Prisma app along with a Wasp config file, main.wasp, which will be explained in more detail below.

blog contains the Astro Starlight template for the blog and documentation section.

e2e-tests contains the end-to-end tests using Playwright, which you can run to test your app’s functionality.

Let’s check out what’s in the app folder in more detail:

Terminal window
├── main.wasp # Wasp Config file. You define your app structure here.
├── .wasp/ # Output dir for Wasp. DON'T MODIFY THESE FILES!
├── public/ # Public assets dir, e.g.
├── src/ # Your code goes here.
│   ├── client/ # Your client code (React) goes here.
│   ├── server/ # Your server code (NodeJS) goes here.
│   ├── shared/ # Your shared (runtime independent) code goes here.
│   └── .waspignore
├── .env.server # Dev environment variables for your server code.
├── .env.client # Dev environment variables for your client code.
├── .prettierrc # Prettier configuration.
├── tailwind.config.js # TailwindCSS configuration.
├── package.json
├── package-lock.json
└── .wasproot

The Wasp Config file

This template at its core is a Wasp project, where Wasp is a full-stack web app framework that let’s you write your app in React, NodeJS, and Prisma and will manage the “boilerplatey” work for you, allowing you to just take care of the fun stuff!

Wasp’s secret sauce is its use of a config file (main.wasp) and compiler which takes your code and outputs the client app, server app and deployment code for you.

In this template, we’ve already defined a number of things in the main.wasp config file, including:

  • Auth
  • Routes and Pages
  • Prisma Database Models
  • Operations (data read and write functions)
  • Background Jobs
  • Email Sending

By defining these things in the config file, Wasp continuously handles the boilerplate necessary with putting all these features together. You just need to focus on the business logic of your app.

Wasp abstracts away some things that you would normally be used to doing during development, so don’t be surprised if you don’t see some of the things you’re used to seeing.


The src/client folder contains all the code that runs in the browser. It’s a standard React app, with a few Wasp-specific things sprinkled in.

Terminal window
└── client
   ├── admin # Admin dashboard pages and components
  ├── app # Your user-facing app that sits behind the paywall/login.
  ├── auth # All auth-related pages and components.
  ├── components # Your shared React components.
  ├── hooks # Your shared React hooks.
   ├── landing-page # Landing page related code
   ├── static # Assets that you need access to in your code, e.g. import logo from 'static/logo.png'
   ├── App.tsx # Main app component to wrap all child components. Useful for global state, navbars, etc.
   └── Main.css


The src/server folder contains all the code that runs on the server. Wasp compiles everything into a NodeJS server for you.

All you have to do is define your server-side functions in the main.wasp file, write the logic in a function within src/server and Wasp will generate the boilerplate code for you.

Terminal window
└── server
   ├── auth # Some small auth-related functions to customize the auth flow.
  ├── file-upload # File upload utility functions.
  ├── payments # Payments utility functions.
  ├── scripts # Scripts to run via Wasp, e.g. database seeding.
  ├── webhooks # The webhook handler for Stripe.
  ├── workers # Functions that run in the background as Wasp Jobs, e.g. daily stats calculation.
  ├── actions.ts # Your server-side write/mutation functions.
   ├── queries.ts # Your server-side read functions.
   └── types.ts

Main Features


This template comes with a fully functional auth flow out of the box. It takes advantages of Wasp’s built-in Auth features, which do the dirty work of rolling your own full-stack auth for you!

auth: {
userEntity: User,
methods: {
email: {
google: {},
github: {},
onAuthFailedRedirectTo: "/",

By defining the auth structure in your main.wasp file, Wasp manages all the necessary code for you, including:

  • Email verified login with reset password
  • Social login with Google and/or GitHub
  • Auth-related databse entities for user credentials, sessions, and social logins
  • Custom-generated AuthUI components for login, signup, and reset password
  • Auth hooks for fetching user data

We’ve set the template up with Wasp’s email, google, and gitHub methods, which are all battle-tested and suitable for production.

You can get started developing your app with the email method right away!

We will explain more about these auth methods, and how to properly integrate them into your app, in the Authentication Guide.

Subscription Payments with Stripe

No SaaS is complete without payments, specifically subscription payments. That’s why this template comes with a fully functional Stripe integration.

Let’s take a quick look at how payments are handled in this template.

  1. a user clicks the BUY button and a Stripe Checkout session is created on the server
  2. the user is redirected to the Stripe Checkout page where they enter their payment info
  3. the user is redirected back to the app and the Stripe Checkout session is completed
  4. Stripe sends a webhook event to the server with the payment info
  5. The app server’s webhook handler handles the event and updates the user’s subscription status

The logic for creating the Stripe Checkout session is defined in the src/server/actions.ts file. Actions are your server-side functions that are used to write or update data to the database. Once they’re defined in the main.wasp file, you can easily call them on the client-side:

a) define the action in the main.wasp file

action stripePayment {
fn: import { stripePayment } from "@src/server/actions.js",
entities: [User]

b) implement the action in the src/server/actions.ts file

export const stripePayment = async (tier, context) => {

c) call the action on the client-side

import { stripePayment } from "wasp/client/operations";
const handleBuyClick = async (tierId) => {
const stripeResults = await stripePayment(tierId);

The webhook handler is defined in the src/server/webhooks/stripe.ts file. Unlike Actions and Queries in Wasp which are only to be used internally, we define the webhook handler in the main.wasp file as an API endpoint in order to expose it externally to Stripe

api stripeWebhook {
fn: import { stripeWebhook } from "@src/server/webhooks/stripe.js",
httpRoute: (POST, "/stripe-webhook")
entities: [User],

Within the webhook handler, we look for specific events that Stripe sends us to let us know which payment was completed and for which user. Then we update the user’s subscription status in the database.

To learn more about configuring the app to handle your products and payments, check out the Stripe Integration guide.

Analytics and Admin Dashboard

Keeping an eye on your metrics is crucial for any SaaS. That’s why we’ve built an administrator’s dashboard where you can view your app’s stats, user data, and Stripe revenue all in one place.

To do that, we’ve leveraged Wasp’s Jobs feature to run a cron job that calculates your daily stats. The app stats, such as page views and sources, can be pulled from either Plausible or Google Analytics. All you have to do is create a project with the analytics provider of your choice and import the respective pre-built helper functions!

job dailyStatsJob {
executor: PgBoss,
perform: {
fn: import { calculateDailyStats } from "@src/server/workers/calculateDailyStats.js"
schedule: {
cron: "0 * * * *" // runs every hour
entities: [User, DailyStats, Logs, PageViewSource]

For more info on integrating Plausible or Google Analytics, check out the Analytics guide.

App Customization Walkthrough

General Considerations

When you first start your Open SaaS app straight from the template, it will run, but many of the services won’t work because they lack your own API keys. Here are list of services that need your API keys to work properly:

  • Auth Methods (Google, GitHub)
  • Stripe
  • OpenAI (Chat GPT API)
  • Email Sending (Sendgrid) — you must set this up if you’re using the email Auth method
  • Analytics (Plausible or Google Analytics)
  • File Uploading (AWS S3)

Now would be a good time to decide which features you do and do not need for your app, and remove the ones from the codebase that you don’t need.

For the features you will use, the next section of the documentation, Guides, will walk you through how to set each one up!

But before you start setting up the main features, let’s walk through the customizations you will likely want to make to the template to make it your own.

Customizations Checklist

main.wasp Config File

  • Change the app name and title:
    app YourAppName {
    wasp: {
    version: "^0.13.2"
    title: "Your App Name",
  • Update meta tags in app.head (even if you don’t have a custom domain yet, put one you would like to have, as this won’t affect development).
  • Update with the name of your app/company/whatever you want your users to see in their inbox, if you’re using the emailSender feature and/or email Auth method.
  • Remove any features you might not use or need:
    • Auth methods - app.auth.methods
      • If you’re not using email Auth method, remove the routes/pages RequestPasswordReset, PasswordReset, and EmailVerification
    • Email Sending - app.emailSender, job emailChecker
    • Plausible analytics - app.head
    • File Uploading - entity File, route FileUploadRoute, action createFile, query getAllFilesByUser, getDownloadFileSignedURL
  • Rename Entites and their properties, Routes/Pages, & Operations, if you wish.

Customizing the Look / Style of the App

  • Update your favicon at public/favicon.ico.
  • Update the banner image used when posting links to your site at public/public-banner.png.
    • Update the URL for this banner at og:image and twitter:image in app.head of the main.wasp file.
  • Make changes to your landing page, landingPage.tsx.
    • Customize the navBar, features, testimonials, and faqs in the contentSections.ts file.
    • Change/rename the logo.png and main banner (open-saas-banner.png) in the static folder.
  • If you want to make changes to the global styles of the app, you can do so in tailwind.config.cjs. Be aware that the current custom global styles defined already are mostly used in the app’s Admin Dashboard!

Customizing the Analytics & Admin Dashboard

  • If you’re using Plausible, update the app.head with your Plausible domain.
  • Update the calculateDailyStats function in src/server/workers/calculateDailyStats.ts to pull the stats from the analytics provider you’ve chosen (Plausible or Google Analytics).
  • Change the cron schedule in the dailyStatsJob in the main.wasp file to match how often you want your stats to be calculated.
  • Update the AdminDashboard components to display the stats you do/don’t want to see.

.env.server and .env.client Files

  • After you’ve followed the Guides in the next section, you’ll need to update the .env.server and .env.client files with your API keys and other environment variables for the services you’ve decided to use.
  • Delete any redundant environment variables that you’re not using, from the .env.* files as well as the .env.*.example files.

Other Customizations

  • Make a new GitHub Repo for your app.
  • Deploy your app to a hosting provider.
  • Buy a domain name for your app and get it set up with your hosting provider.
  • Read the e2e-tests README and get your end-to-end tests set up.
    • Change the tests to suit the changes you’ve made to your app
  • Get the CI pipeline set up for your app (you can get started by using the Open SaaS development CI example here)

What’s next?

In the following Guides sections, we’ll walk you through getting those API keys and setting up the finer points of features such as Stripe Payments & Webhooks, Auth, Email Sending, Analytics, and more.