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NEAR Discovery allows you to create a decentralized frontend for your dApp by creating and composing components. In this quickstart tutorial we will create a simple application, that takes a name as input and renders a friendly greeting.



In order to create your decentralized frontend there is a variety of editors you can choose from:

Creating Your First Componentโ€‹

To create a widget you only need to write valid JSX code, i.e. a mixture of HTML and JS. Let's see how simple it is to create and preview your first component.

Create the Componentโ€‹

In any of the editors, create a new file (Add button in the web editors) and name it Greeter, then, paste the following code on the editor:

let greeting = "Have a great day";

return (
<div class="container border border-info p-3 text-center">
<h1>Hello {}</h1>

<p> {greeting} </p>


To preview how your component will work, go first to the props tab on your editor (or edit the props.json file if you are using Visual Studio Code) and add the following property:

{"name": "Anna"}

After, simply press the Preview button to render the preview of your component!

img Creating a Hello World component using the NEAR Social Editor


Click on the Save Widget button to store your application in the NEAR Blockchain. If the button is not available, make sure you have signed-in to your NEAR wallet using the Sign In button of the editor.

img The NEAR Social Editor asking if we want to store the component

Accept the transaction in your NEAR Wallet, so the component gets stored in the NEAR blockchain.

Using Your dAppโ€‹

Once your application is published, it will be ready to be combined with other components, or rendered as a standalone application using the Discovery Viewer.


To use your application inside of another one, simply invoke it using a <Widget> component. This will fetch the code from the NEAR blockchain, and include it inside of your new application.

const user = "gagdiez.near";

return (
<h3> Composition </h3>
<p> Components can be composed </p>
<hr />

<Widget src={`${user}/widget/Greetings`} props={props} />

img Rendering of the Composition


Notice that we are passing the input props as an object to the Greetings component.


To render your component as a standalone application, go to<your-username>/widget/Greeter?name=Anna.

You can also embed your component in other websites, for example, here we simply have an iframe which source is

This component is being rendered inside an `iframe`

Notice that we are passing the as a GET parameter in the url.