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Before we beginpermalink

SvelteKit is in release candidate phase for 1.0 while we address reported issues and add polish. If you get stuck, reach out for help in the Discord chatroom.

See the migration guides for help upgrading from Sapper.

What is SvelteKit?permalink

SvelteKit is a framework for building extremely high-performance web apps.

Building an app with all the modern best practices is fiendishly complicated. Those practices include build optimizations, so that you load only the minimal required code; offline support; prefetching pages before the user initiates navigation; and configurable rendering that allows you to render your app on the server or in the browser at runtime or at build-time. SvelteKit does all the boring stuff for you so that you can get on with the creative part.

It uses Vite with a Svelte plugin to provide a lightning-fast and feature-rich development experience with Hot Module Replacement (HMR), where changes to your code are reflected in the browser instantly.

You don't need to know Svelte to understand the rest of this guide, but it will help. In short, it's a UI framework that compiles your components to highly optimized vanilla JavaScript. Read the introduction to Svelte blog post and the Svelte tutorial to learn more.

Getting startedpermalink

The easiest way to start building a SvelteKit app is to run npm create:

npm create svelte@latest my-app
cd my-app
npm install
npm run dev

The first command will scaffold a new project in the my-app directory asking you if you'd like to set up some basic tooling such as TypeScript. See the FAQ for pointers on setting up additional tooling. The subsequent commands will then install its dependencies and start a server on localhost:5173.

There are two basic concepts:

  • Each page of your app is a Svelte component
  • You create pages by adding files to the src/routes directory of your project. These will be server-rendered so that a user's first visit to your app is as fast as possible, then a client-side app takes over

Try editing the files to get a feel for how everything works – you may not need to bother reading the rest of this guide!

Editor setuppermalink

We recommend using Visual Studio Code (aka VS Code) with the Svelte extension, but support also exists for numerous other editors.

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