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Catalog Backend

This is the backend for the default Backstage software catalog. This provides an API for consumers such as the frontend catalog plugin.

It comes with a builtin database-backed implementation of the catalog that can store and serve your catalog for you.

It can also act as a bridge to your existing catalog solutions, either ingesting data to store in the database, or by effectively proxying calls to an external catalog service.


This @backstage/plugin-catalog-backend package comes installed by default in any Backstage application created with npx @backstage/create-app, so installation is not usually required.

To check if you already have the package, look under packages/backend/package.json, in the dependencies block, for @backstage/plugin-catalog-backend. The instructions below walk through restoring the plugin, if you previously removed it.

Install the package

# From your Backstage root directory
yarn add --cwd packages/backend @backstage/plugin-catalog-backend

Adding the plugin to your packages/backend

You'll need to add the plugin to the router in your backend package. You can do this by creating a file called packages/backend/src/plugins/catalog.ts with contents matching catalog.ts in the create-app template.

With the catalog.ts router setup in place, add the router to packages/backend/src/index.ts:

+import catalog from './plugins/catalog';

async function main() {
  const createEnv = makeCreateEnv(config);

+  const catalogEnv = useHotMemoize(module, () => createEnv('catalog'));
  const scaffolderEnv = useHotMemoize(module, () => createEnv('scaffolder'));

  const apiRouter = Router();
+  apiRouter.use('/catalog', await catalog(catalogEnv));

Adding catalog entities

At this point the catalog-backend is installed in your backend package, but you will not have any catalog entities loaded. See Catalog Configuration for how to add locations, or copy the catalog locations from the create-app template to get up and running quickly.


This backend plugin can be started in a standalone mode from directly in this package with yarn start. However, it will have limited functionality and that process is most convenient when developing the catalog backend plugin itself.

To evaluate the catalog and have a greater amount of functionality available, run the entire Backstage example application from the root folder:

# in one terminal window, run this from from the very root of the Backstage project
cd packages/backend
yarn start

This will launch both frontend and backend in the same window, populated with some example entities.

  • catalog is the frontend interface for this plugin.



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