loading...
Cover image for Building React Single Page App in under 5 minutes using create-react

Building React Single Page App in under 5 minutes using create-react

courseprobe profile image Course Probe ・4 min read

Create React App is an officially supported way to create single-page React applications. It offers a modern build setup with no configuration.

Quick Start

npx create-react-app my-app

cd my-app

npm start
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

If you’ve previously installed create-react-app globally via npm install -g create-react-app, we recommend you uninstall the package using npm uninstall -g create-react-app to ensure that npx always uses the latest version.

(npx comes with npm 5.2+ and higher, see instructions for older npm versions)

Then open http://localhost:3000/ to see your app.

When you’re ready to deploy to production, create a minified bundle with npm run build.

Get Started Immediately

You don’t need to install or configure tools like webpack or Babel. They are preconfigured and hidden so that you can focus on the code.

Create a project, and you’re good to go.

Creating an App

You’ll need to have Node >= 8.10 on your local development machine (but it’s not required on the server). You can use nvm (macOS/Linux) or nvm-windows to switch Node versions between different projects.

To create a new app, you may choose one of the following methods:

npx

npx create-react-app my-app
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

(npx comes with npm 5.2+ and higher, see instructions for older npm versions)

npm

npm init react-app my-app
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

npm init is available in npm 6+

#Yarn

yarn create react-app my-app
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

yarn create is available in Yarn 0.25+

Selecting a template

You can now optionally start a new app from a template by appending --template [template-name] to the creation command.

If you don’t select a template, we’ll create your project with our base template.

Templates are always named in the format cra-template-[template-name], however you only need to provide the [template-name] to the creation command.

npx create-react-app my-app --template [template-name]
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

You can find a list of available templates by searching for “cra-template-*” on npm.

Our Custom Templates documentation describes how you can build your own template.

Creating a TypeScript app

You can start a new TypeScript app using templates. To use our provided TypeScript template, append --template typescript to the creation command.

npx create-react-app my-app --template typescript
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

If you already have a project and would like to add TypeScript, see our Adding TypeScript documentation.

Selecting a package manager

When you create a new app, the CLI will use Yarn to install dependencies (when available). If you have Yarn installed, but would prefer to use npm, you can append --use-npm to the creation command. For example:

npx create-react-app my-app --use-npm
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

Output

Running any of these commands will create a directory called my-app inside the current folder. Inside that directory, it will generate the initial project structure and install the transitive dependencies:

my-app

├── README.md

├── node_modules

├── package.json

├── .gitignore

├── public

│   ├── favicon.ico

│   ├── index.html

│   ├── logo192.png

│   ├── logo512.png

│   ├── manifest.json

│   └── robots.txt

└── src

├── App.css

├── App.js

├── App.test.js

├── index.css

├── index.js

├── logo.svg

└── serviceWorker.js
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

No configuration or complicated folder structures, only the files you need to build your app. Once the installation is done, you can open your project folder:

cd my-app
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode




Scripts

Inside the newly created project, you can run some built-in commands:

npm start or yarn start

Runs the app in development mode. Open http://localhost:3000 to view it in the browser.

The page will automatically reload if you make changes to the code. You will see the build errors and lint warnings in the console.

npm test or yarn test

Runs the test watcher in an interactive mode. By default, runs tests related to files changed since the last commit.

Read more about testing.

npm run build or yarn build

Builds the app for production to the build folder. 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.

React Js PDF Documentation


Other Dev posts:

Discussion

pic
Editor guide