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How to generate a NextJS sitemap inside an NX Monorepo

March 30, 2021

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So, recently I have been building an eshop for a client and one of the usual SEO improvements you can do is to generate a sitemap so that Google search does its magic. So, I figured ok lets try to find how to do that (being my first time doing that using NextJS and NX).

How hard could it be?

Hmm, well turns out not that much but if you search for the combination of NextJS, NX and Sitemap you won't find much. Hence, I figured to create a small guide, perhaps helping someone.

Step 1 - Install Next Sitemap

yarn add -D next-sitemap

Step 2 - Create a next-sitemap.js config

Now this goes into the app you are going to deploy.

  # apps/eshop/next-sitemap.js
  module.exports = {
      siteUrl: <your-side-url>,
      generateRobotsTxt: true,
      sitemapSize: 7000,
      changefreq: 'daily',
      priority: 0.7,

Step 3 - Update workspace.json to create a postbuild script


"eshop": {
    "root": "apps/eshop",
    "sourceRoot": "apps/eshop",
    "projectType": "application",
    "targets": {
    "build": {
      "executor": "@nrwl/next:build",
      "outputs": ["{options.outputPath}"],
      "options": {
        "root": "apps/eshop",
        "outputPath": "dist/apps/eshop"
      "configurations": {
        "production": {}
    # important part below
    "postbuild": {
      "executor": "@nrwl/workspace:run-commands",
      "options": {
        "commands": [
            "command": "next-sitemap --config apps/eshop/next-sitemap.js"

Now we have access to the following command

nx run eshop:postbuild

Step 4 - Make sure it works

Next sitemap is looking for a .next directory to be present and able to work. By default if you run nx run eshop:build --prod it will create a dist/apps/eshop folder

For testing purposes (or if you deploying to Vercel for example) run the following command

nx build eshop --prod --outputPath=.

It will generate the output in the root folder

Fair warning this will polute your dir so be sure to not commit unnecessary files

Next, run the sitemap generator

nx run eshop:postbuild

You should now have a sitemap generated under public folder.

Step 5 - Use this command during deployments

Usually you want to generate a new sitemap on each deployment so combining above two commands should do the trick

# example build command used on Vercel
npx nx build eshop --prod --outputPath=. && nx run eshop:postbuild

Thats it folks - hope that was helpful.