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Serverless Monorepo App

License: MIT CircleCI

This application is structured as a monorepo which means all the different packages sits under the same GitHub repository.

It makes it easier to have CI/CD and automate dependency management.

For example, under frontend sits the React application which consumes the services under services.

Since the endpoint urls for the services change between environments (dev/qa/prod) we need to setup the frontend app correctly.

Since all of our code sits in the same repository, we can update the frontend app environment based on the services deployment with ease.

This application uses Auth0 for authentication, Sendgrid for sending emails, CircleCI for deployment and AWS as a cloud provider.

Resources Used


Nodejs (at least version 8)


Amazon AWS account and awscli installed and configured:

CircleCI account

Serverless CLI

Auth0 account

Sendgrid account for the email service

Repository structure

This repository uses lerna and yarn workspaces to handle dependencies.

The React frontend app sits under frontend/.

The Serverless services sit under services/.

Shared services code is under services/common/ (e.g. both api-service and email-service use the same authentication handler).

Typescript is used across the repository.


Install Dependencies

yarn install

CI/CD is setup for 3 different environments: dev (for local development), qa (for integration tests) and prod (production).

Setup Environments

This part can be a bit tedious, but you only have to do it once.


Open Sendgrid settings

For sending emails you'll need a Sendgrid API key for each environment you'll want to have (3 keys if you want dev,qa and prod).

Login into your Sendgrid account and create an API key (with email sending permissions) for each environment (you can name them Serverless App Dev, Serverless App QA, etc.).

Make sure to copy the API keys somewhere as you'll only see them once.


Open Auth0 management dashboard

The way to create different environments in Auth0 is to use something called Tenants.

You should create a tenant for each environment you'd like to use (you do it by clicking the icon for your account and choosing Create tenant).

A common setup is to have tenants named mydomain-dev for development, mydomain-qa for QA and mydomain for production.

After creating the relevant tenants you'll need to create an application (you can name it Serverless Test App or something similar).

You'll need your application's Domain, Client ID, Audience and the public key of the signing certificate.

Domain and Client ID are under applications->${YOUR_APP_NAME}->settings.

Audience is usually https://YOUR_DOMAIN/userinfo and to get the certificate you'll need to scroll down, go to Show Advanced Settings->Certificates->DOWNLOAD CERTIFICATE.

You should save the certificate in PEM format.

Setup Dev Environments Files

Run the following command to create the dev config files (make sure to update your_certificate.pem)

cp frontend/.env.example.local frontend/.env.local
cp services/common/environment/config.example.json services/common/environment/
cp services/email-service/config.example.json services/email-service/
mv your_certificate.pem services/common/environment/

Update frontend/.env.local, services/common/environment/ and services/email-service/ with the relevant values.

Setup CircleCI

You'll need to add your project in CircleCI. In order to do it you'll probably need to fork this repository.

After you've done that you should add your AWS credentials under Settings->AWS Permissions (you should create a separate IAM User for that)

The last part left is to setup qa and prod environment variables for your project.

Under Settings->Environment Variables add the following items (update the values):

PROD_AUTH0_PUBLIC_KEY # This value should be base64 encoded, run `base64 ${LOCATION_TO_PEM_FILE}` to get the value
PROD_REGION # You can use `us-east-1` at the moment
QA_AUTH0_PUBLIC_KEY # This value should be base64 encoded, run `base64 ${LOCATION_TO_PEM_FILE}` to get the value
QA_REGION # You can use `us-east-1` at the moment


Development environment

yarn deploy:dev # deploys services and updates frontend configuration
yarn build:frontend # builds frontend application
yarn publish:frontend:dev # deploys frontend application

QA environment will be deployed automatically on each commit to master

Production environment will be deployed automatically on each version tag push, for example the following will trigger a production deployment:

git tag "v0.0.1"
git push --tags

Post Deployment Setup

After deploying there is one last step to get Auth0 to work.

Open Auth0 management dashboard and go to applications->${YOUR_APP_NAME}->settings.

Update Allowed Callback URLs with:


Update Allowed Web Origins with:


You can get the domain value from here:

Run Tests

yarn test
yarn coverage

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