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title: surveyless subtitle: Build, run, and analyze simple serverless surveys mode: OPEN

📝 [WORK IN PROGRESS] surveyless

Build, run, and analyze simple serverless surveys.

Less servers, databases, keys, signups, accounts, ads, complexity, and headaches 🤦‍

MIT License

Deploy to Netlify


  • ⚛️ JAMStack + modern web tools power a fully automated survey platform.
  • 👌 Zero-config and simple to get started.
  • 📝 Manage expressive survey content and questions in markdown.
  • 💅 Easy UI customizations using a theme.json config file.
  • 👯‍ Clone and easily recreate new surveys with consistent setup.
  • 📊 Visualize survey results instantly after responses are collected.
  • 🔐 Simple security model.

Why JAMStack + Serverless?

Third-party solutions

Surveys are an important way to analyze sentiment about brands or events. Existing survey platforms (such as Survey Monkey, Qualtrics) provide various survey tools and solutions. However, these offerings come at a cost, and are usually bloated with superfluous features. They are difficult to customize, and do not provide expressive ways to create survey content. Running surveys on these third-party servers can also be unreliable and expensive.

Blazing fast deployment on CDN

surveyless is a JAMStack application that runs serverless surveys on CDNs. Survey responses are managed by automated pull requests to the /responses branch of the Git repo. Closing a survey involves merging the /responses into the /master branch. This triggers a rebuild of the site, and results can then be analyzed immediately.

Delightful developer experience

Markdown is a natural medium for creating rich content (this page is created with simple markdown!). Develop and preview content and code changes with hot-reloading. When code changes are committed, it will trigger a rebuild of the site and deploy changes to CDNs. The theme.json file provides ample ways to customize your survey for your brand. You can easily duplicate future surveys by cloning a copy of a well-maintained surveyless repo, which preserves the content and customizations of the original survey setup.

Simple security model

surveyless has no hackable databases/servers/keys components. We do not store any user-sensitive information in survey responses. For open surveys, simply run your surveys with confidence. If you would like to keep the survey content and responses private, you can achieve this by simply making your Git repo private.

Survey Setup

For a detailed guide, please refer to the /docs.

  1. Click the Deploy to Netlify button to deploy an instance of surveyless on Netlify and Github.
  2. To develop,
git clone{USERNAME}/{SURVEYLESS_INSTANCE_NAME}.git  # clone repo 
yarn  # install dependencies 
yarn dev  # starts gatsby development survey 
  1. Edit file to update the landing page survey content.
  2. Edit relevant content in /survey folder (e.g. and /survey/questions markdown file)
  3. Test the survey changes in localhost.
  4. git commit and git push to apply changes to production.

Question Types and Choice Sets

For a detailed guide, please refer to the /docs.

The following question types and respective choice sets are supported:

  • Likert:
    • Rating
    • Radio
    • Button
  • Single-choice
    • Radio
    • Button
  • Multi-choice
    • Button
    • Checkbox
  • Ranking
    • Button
  • Matrix (can be collection of single-choice or multi-choice question types)
    • Rating
    • Radio
    • Button
    • Checkbox
  • Slider
    • No choice type
  • Comment
    • No choice type

All questions can be accompanied by an optional additionalComments section where open-ended comments can be captured for the question, in addition to the choice sets provided.


Change your brand logo by attaching a new PNG logo in /static/logo.png.

Use the /survey/theme.json file to customize the UI appearance of your survey. Avoid deleting any entries in the theme.json file.

  • Edit the colors field to customize unified UI colors.
  • Edit the typography customize font properties. Google fonts are supported (restarting the devserver is required for this).
  • Edit the space field to customize spacing properties in the UI.

Markdown Assets

To include and use assets in your markdown, upload images and other assets into the /static folder, and refer to them with the following path syntax /static/images/logo.png. It is important to refer to markdown assets using an absolute path instead of a relative path.

Survey Lifecycle

TODO: will be updated





  • improve redux-persist flow (allow clearing storage)
  • mention credits in README or (mdx-deck, netlify, gatsby)
  • hotkey for continue + add hotkey helper icon/modal
  • Write out README and survey/questions/ content
  • build out /docs folder showcasing examples and detailed guide on question types and other APIs
  • netlify-functions to submit response (figure out generating uuids and simple auth with JWT)
  • theme editor
  • results page
  • responses should work off the /responses github branch
  • STRETCH: tooling to detect malformed markdowns etc


npm i surveyless

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