Starting new React projects used to be a huge hassle -- there were dozens of dependencies, configuration files, and other up front requirements before you could even start writing a single line of React code.
Enter create-react-app, the tool recently released by Facebook's engineering team that allows you to spin up a brand new React application in just a few seconds. They do this by wrapping all of the normal dependencies (babel, etc) so you can just focus on writing React code itself. It's an excellent piece of software and is already becoming the de facto way to manage React projects.
Enough talking about it though, lets get started with it!
Install it on your machine
npm install -g create-react-app
You'll want to install it globally (hence the
Creating a new React app
It's really simple to create a new app -- simply run
create-react-app followed by the desired name of your application, and it will scaffold a new app for you. Lets try it out:
create-react-app example-app cd example-app
example-app/ was created by create-react-app and houses all of our new application's code.
The project layout should look like this:
example-app/ README.md node_modules/ package.json .gitignore public/ favicon.ico index.html src/ App.css App.js App.test.js index.css index.js logo.svg
Notice the lack of complex folder/file structures, build configurations, etc -- just the essential files that you need to build your app.
Building & running an application
Inside of your application's folder, you can run the following commands (listed here from the create-react-app repo)
Runs the app in development mode. Open http://localhost:3000 to view it in the browser.
The page will reload if you make edits. You will see the build errors and lint warnings in the console.
Runs the test watcher in an interactive mode.
By default, runs tests related to files changes since the last commit.
npm run build
Builds the app for production to the
It correctly bundles React in production mode and optimizes the build for the best performance.
The build is minified and the filenames include the hashes. Your app is ready to be deployed!
Real World usage
The React + Redux RealWorld codebase uses create-react-app. Simply cloning the repo and running
npm install will get everything set up, and running
npm start will let you run the application live.
In the next tutorial, we'll integrate Redux into an app that's scaffolded by create-react-app!