Quick start

This is the official documentation of the @forestadmin/agent Node.js agent.

Let's get you up and running on Forest Admin in minutes!


Forest Admin is a low-code internal tool solution that scales with your project. With 30+ out-of-the-box tools and pre-built UI components, you can ship an admin panel in a few minutes, and then easily customize it to meet your specific business logic. Thanks to the layout editor, non-technical team members can adjust the UI to their needs.

Forest Admin has a unique hybrid architecture - only the frontend is managed on Forest Admin servers, which gives you the flexibility of a SaaS tool without compromising on data security.

Quick Start

Forest Admin offers a lot of flexibility in terms of installation. The following guide provides a way to start using Forest Admin in minutes. If you want to dive deeper into the installation process of the product, we got you covered here.

This guide will help you to set up Forest Admin as a standalone process, using an example Postgres database.


  • Node.js ^14.15.0 || ^16.13.0

  • NPM > 6.14.4 or yarn > 1.22.17

  • If you want to use our example database, make sure Docker is installed and running

Create an account and follow the onboarding

Go to https://app.forestadmin.com/signup ↗, and create an account and a new project.

Create a new JavaScript (Or TypeScript) project

Let's create a new folder and initiate a new JavaScript project.

mkdir ForestExample && cd ForestExample
yarn init

Once everything is ready, install the following dependencies.

yarn add @forestadmin/agent dotenv

Create an index.js and a .env file.


// Import the requirements
const { createAgent } = require('@forestadmin/agent');

// Create your Forest Admin agent
  // These process.env variables should be provided in the onboarding
  authSecret: process.env.FOREST_AUTH_SECRET,
  envSecret: process.env.FOREST_ENV_SECRET,
  isProduction: process.env.NODE_ENV === 'production',


node index.js

should be enough to be redirected to the "rate-install" page. However, Forest Admin currently doesn't have any collections to display.

Add a data source

If you want to test Forest Admin but don't have a database on hand, here is one!

docker run -p 5432:5432 --name forest_demo_database forestadmin/meals-database

The associated connection string will be postgres://lumber:secret@localhost:5432/meals.

Now that you are fully onboarded, the only missing part is to add a data source. Forest Admin provides a way to create your own, but for this example, we will add a SQL data source.

To install the SQL data source package, you can run the following command

yarn add @forestadmin/datasource-sql

If you run on the example database provided above, simply add the following in your index.js and .env

const { createSqlDataSource } = require('@forestadmin/datasource-sql');

  // ...

If you try to run the code as is, you'll be prompted to install the pg driver manually. After doing:

yarn add pg
node index.js

You should be able to see the following log in your terminal:

info: Schema was updated, sending new version

And refreshing the Forest Admin app should display the following screen:

Click on the "eye" icons of the collections you want to display, then exit the layout editor and ...

You're all set!

At the end of your onboarding, you will out-of-the-box be able to:

  • Access all your data (1)

  • Export your data (2)

  • Add a record (3)

  • View and edit a record (4)

  • Edit your UI (5)

  • Search and filter (6)

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