Scaffolding Components in Backstage

Published on November 24th, 2021


This tutorial will show you how to create a basic scaffolder template in Backstage.

You can find detailed docs on writing scaffolder templates here.

The Roadie Backstage scaffolder is a feature that allows you to define software templates to create new software projects, update existing ones or simply perform repeated tasks in a consistent manner.

Scaffolder templates are defined in YAML files and loaded into the Backstage catalog in the same way that other entities are loaded into Backstage. A template contains one or more steps which run sequentially during execution.

A Scaffolder template is then run on demand by the users of Backstage to execute the software template.


You must have installed the Github App in order to use the scaffolder. If you have not done this you can find the steps to do this here.


You can either follow the text or the video, or both.

Step One. Enable and set up the scaffolder

Visit the Administration > Settings > Scaffolder and make sure the enabled check box is selected, press save and apply and restart.

Optionally you can also use the grouping functionality of Scaffolder templates from these settings. The scaffolder templates are grouped together if they contain tags defined in this section of settings.

Step Two. Create a template.yaml file in a repository

You can either create the following file in your own repository or use the public example we prepared.

Expand here to see an example template.yaml
kind: Template
# some metadata about the template itself
  name: hello-world
  title: Hello World
  description: scaffolder Hello, World template demo
  owner: backstage/techdocs-core
  type: service

    - title: Fill in some steps
        - name
          title: Name
          type: string
          description: Name of new project
          ui:autofocus: true
            rows: 5

  # here's the steps that are executed in series in the scaffolder backend
    - id: log-message
      name: Log Message
      action: debug:log
        message: "Hello, ${{ }}"

Step Three. Import the template.yaml file into backstage

Click the “Create…” button in the Backstage menu.


In the “Create a New Component” page, click the “Register Existing Component” button register-new-component.png

Enter the URL of the template that you created in Step Two. create-existing-component.png

Click Analyze, and Import.

Step Four. Run the template

Visit the “Create a New Component” page again by clicking the “Create…” menu item.


You should see the template that you have just imported. Click the choose button.


Enter a the required parameters and click “Next Step” and then “Create”


After a couple of seconds you should see the “Task Activity” page with the output of the task.


What Next?

You can see the full list of Scaffolder Tasks that we support at Roadie by visiting https://<tenant-name>

You can find detailed docs on writing scaffolder templates here.