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Next.js on AWS with SST

Create and deploy a Next.js app to AWS with SST and OpenNext.

We are going to create a Next.js app, add an S3 Bucket for file uploads, and deploy it to AWS using SST.

Before you get started:

  1. Configure your AWS credentials
  2. Install the SST CLI

1. Create a project

Let’s start by creating our app.

Terminal window
npx create-next-app@latest aws-nextjs
cd aws-nextjs

Init SST

Now let’s initialize SST in our app. Make sure you have the CLI installed.

Terminal window
sst init

This’ll detect that you are in a Next.js project and create a sst.config.ts file in the root.

Start dev mode

Start the dev mode for your Next.js app and link it to SST.

Terminal window
npm run dev

2. Add an S3 Bucket

Let’s add a public S3 Bucket for file uploads. Update your sst.config.ts.

sst.config.ts
const bucket = new sst.aws.Bucket("MyBucket", {
public: true
});

Now, link the bucket to our Next.js app.

sst.config.ts
new sst.aws.Nextjs("MyWeb", {
link: [bucket]
});

3. Create an upload form

Add a form client component in components/form.tsx.

components/form.tsx
"use client";
import styles from "./form.module.css";
export default function Form({ url }: { url: string }) {
return (
<form
className={styles.form}
onSubmit={async (e) => {
e.preventDefault();
const file = (e.target as HTMLFormElement).file.files?.[0]!;
const image = await fetch(url, {
body: file,
method: "PUT",
headers: {
"Content-Type": file.type,
"Content-Disposition": `attachment; filename="${file.name}"`,
},
});
window.location.href = image.url.split("?")[0];
}}
>
<input name="file" type="file" accept="image/png, image/jpeg" />
<button type="submit">Upload</button>
</form>
);
}

Add some styles.

components/form.module.css
.form {
padding: 1rem;
border-radius: var(--border-radius);
background-color: rgba(var(--callout-rgb), 0.5);
border: 1px solid rgba(var(--callout-border-rgb), 0.3);
}
.form input {
margin-right: 1rem;
font-family: var(--font-mono);
}
.form button {
appearance: none;
padding: 0.5rem 0.75rem;
font-weight: 500;
font-size: 0.875rem;
border-radius: calc(1rem - var(--border-radius));
background: linear-gradient(
to bottom right,
rgba(var(--tile-start-rgb), 1),
rgba(var(--tile-end-rgb), 1)
);
border: 1px solid rgba(var(--callout-border-rgb), 1);
}
.form button:active:enabled {
background: linear-gradient(
to top left,
rgba(var(--tile-start-rgb), 1),
rgba(var(--tile-end-rgb), 1)
);
}

4. Generate a pre-signed URL

When our app loads, we’ll generate a pre-signed URL for the file upload and render the form with it. Replace your Home component in app/page.tsx.

app/page.tsx
export default async function Home() {
const command = new PutObjectCommand({
Key: crypto.randomUUID(),
Bucket: Resource.MyBucket.name,
});
const url = await getSignedUrl(new S3Client({}), command);
return (
<main className={styles.main}>
<Form url={url} />
</main>
);
}

Add the relevant imports.

app/page.tsx
import { Resource } from "sst";
import Form from "@/components/form";
import { getSignedUrl } from "@aws-sdk/s3-request-presigner";
import { S3Client, PutObjectCommand } from "@aws-sdk/client-s3";

And install the npm packages.

Terminal window
npm install @aws-sdk/client-s3 @aws-sdk/s3-request-presigner

Head over to the local Next.js app in your browser, http://localhost:3000 and try uploading an image. You should see it upload and then download the image.


5. Deploy your app

Now let’s deploy your app to AWS.

Terminal window
sst deploy --stage production

You can use any stage name here but it’s good to create a new stage for production.

Congrats! Your app should now be live!

SST Next.js app


Connect the console

As a next step, you can setup the SST Console to git push to deploy your app and monitor it for any issues.

SST Console Autodeploy

You can create a free account and connect it to your AWS account.