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5 cool things you can do with the Sanity CLI

At the Sanity Head Quarters, we live and breathe in the terminal. And honestly, we keep developing the Sanity CLI tool because we use it ourselves every day. I want to take this moment to share some of the cool things you can do with it. And yes, I promise that number 5 will be worth your attention 🤯.

Install the CLI by running npm install --global @sanity/cli in your terminal and get started with a project by running sanity init.

1. Query your data

sanity documents query "[*_type == 'post']{_id, title}"

You can do a couple of things with the sanity documents command, but one of those we use the most is the one for querying a dataset. Running this in your project folder will give you your data printed out right in the terminal. If you add --pretty, you'll get some nice highlighting too. This is handy for testing queries and exploring your content, but if you think about it, it's also a way to use those UNIX superpowers on your content. For example, you can use it to export your data to a csv file. I use it so often that I have added alias sdq="sanity documents query" to my shell configuration.

2. Export a dataset in a neat package

sanity dataset export 

The whole point of a structured content management system is that it should be easy to get your content out of it. Usually that's by querying the API for the content you want, but sometimes, you want it all, at once, neatly packaged. This command exports all your documents in a .ndjson-file and your assets to a dedicated folder. It downloads a gzipped file, which you also can import to a new dataset with sanity dataset import. You can also, for example, unpack the file, run a find-and-replace-all operation on all your data, and import the dataset.ndjson file to a dataset again. ALL THE DATA

3. Manage CORS settings

sanity cors add http://localhost:8000

CORS is a thing. It's easy to forget it when you're on a roll building your new frontend. Then it's nice to have an easy way to add a new CORS origin right from the command line. You can delete and list them out too.

4. Get an overview of your projects

Since you can have as many free developer plans as you desire, and starting a new project (sanity init) is rather easy, it doesn't take long before you have a handful of projects in your account. Then it's nice to have an easy way to list out all the projects with some key information tied to your account.

5. Create and edit a document in your favorite editor

sanity documents create --id myDocId --watch --replace

This command is my favorite. It creates a new document, opens it in the EDITOR you've set in your terminal (mine is export EDITOR='code -w'), and lets you live edit that document while it's being synced to the datastore. If you put an existing document id in the myDocId spot, you'll get that document and be able to edit it. Run sanity documents create --help to learn more about what this command can do.

Get started with Sanity by running this command in your terminal:

npm install -g @sanity/cli && sanity init

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