Getting Started

Before integrating any headless third-party storefronts with Kibo, you will need to set up your Dev Center for development projects and familiarize yourself with the Kibo APIs. 

First Steps

You must have access to a dev account. If no account currently exists for your implementation, go here and fill out the form to request a demo. A representative will contact you with more information. After Kibo provisions your Dev Account, you’ll receive an email invitation with instructions for logging in to Dev Center. 

Once a dev account exists, the account owner has administrative permissions to invite additional users. For more information about how to configure a dev account, see the instructions in Set Up Your System.

Welcome to the Dev Center

Once you have access to a dev account, you can log in at

This interface is an online portal for creating applications and theme records as well as uploading, installing, and testing code before deploying it to a production site. It’s separate from your local development environment where you write code and manage source control repositories.The Dev Center Homepage

Provisioning a Sandbox

Once you have received a dev account, you will need to provision an empty sandbox to work in.

  1. Log in to Dev Center.
  2. Click Sandboxes > Create Sandbox.
  3. Enter a name to identify the sandbox.
  4. Select a template from the drop-down menu. The type of template you select depends on the type of testing you need to conduct:
    • To quickly set up a new environment with a pre-configured master catalog, catalog, and site defaults, select a Kibo -supplied template (displayed in blue in the template drop-down list).
    • To clone one of your existing sandboxes, select it from the template list (displayed in black in the template drop-down list).
    • To build your own master catalog, catalogs, and sites, start with a blank environment by selecting None from the template drop-down list.The Create Sandbox modal with a drop-down list of sandbox templates
  5. Select the locale, currency, and country codes for the site’s catalog.
  6. Click Save.

Viewing a Sandbox

Once created, you will be able to view the sandbox at any time to test your code. This is also how you can obtain your live site URL and Admin host.

  1. Log in to Dev Center.
  2. Click Sandboxes.
  3. Locate your sandbox in the grid and double click it. This will open the sandbox information page.
  4. Click the Details tab shown below.
  5. Now you can view the catalog structure in the sandbox. Expand the hierarchy to the Site layer (in the Type column) and right click the row.
  6. Note the Tenant or Sandbox Id as well as the Master Catalog, Catalog, and Site Id. These values, along with the Application Info, will be used later when trying to access your Sandbox.
  7. Click View in Admin or View live site.
  8. If prompted, log into Admin.Sandbox Information page with the catalog structure and navigation showing how to obtain your live site URL and Admin host


You can think of application records as containers for your application. Your application will generate an Application Key and Shared Secret which will be used to authenticate requests to Kibo API's. Each application is configured with a set of Behaviors that grant your application permission to different APIs. Once the application is created and configured, it needs to be installed to an environment.

Create Application

  1. Log in to Dev Center.
  2. Click Develop > Applications.
  3. Click Create Application.
  4. In the Create application dialog box:
    1. Enter "Headless Storefront" in the Name field.
    2. Enter "headless_storefront" in the Application ID field
  5. Click Save.

View Application Credentials

  1. Log in to Dev Center.
  2. Click Develop > Applications.
  3. Click your application in the list.
  4. Locate the Application Key and Shared Secret on the Application Details view.Application Details including

Configure Behaviors

Behaviors determine what operations your application can perform, for example, to fetch Product data the "Product Read" behavior is required.

  1. Within your application record, click Packages.
  2. On the Behaviors tab, click Select Behaviors.

Your application Behaviors will depend on what features your headless application is consuming, the best practice is to only enable permissions you need.

An example set of Behaviors for a headless storefront is shown below:An example set of Behaviors

Install Application

After you have configured your desired events and behaviors, you can install your application to a sandbox:

  1. In your application record, click Install.
  2. Select a sandbox to install your application to and click OK.

Loading Test Data

  1. If you selected None for the Sandbox Template you can load a simple data set via the kibo-sandbox-data CLI by running the below command:
    npm i -g @kibocommerce/kibo-sandbox-data-cli
  2. In setting up the cli you will need to specify the Tenant / Catalog / Site values from above.
  3. For usage instructions see the corresponding NPM Readme info.

Next Steps

Refer to the following documentation for the next steps: