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Deploying Create-React-App with Json-Server as backend to Github

nikita_guliaev profile image Nikita Guliaev🧩 ・2 min read

If you are reading this article I’m assuming you already have the following done:

  1. Create a project using Create-React-App;
  2. You are using Json-Server & have a db.json file that you are using as a fake REST API for quick prototyping;
  3. Your application is working in your local environment;
  4. Your app has a repo on GitHub

Now you want to deploy your app to GitHub so you could share the link with someone. Here is a step by step process to do that.

Step 1:
Got to Json-Server page and follow the instructions:

  • Create a separate repo on GitHub;

  • Upload your db.json file there;

  • Go to<your-github-username>/<your-repo-name> to access your server.

Step 2:
Deploy your application to GitHub following the usual process:

  • Add a “Homepage” property to your package.json file: e.g. http://<github-username><repo-name> so it it looks like that:

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  • Add to your existing “Scripts” property 2 new properties - predeploy & deploy:
"scripts": {
  "predeploy": "npm run build",
  "deploy": "gh-pages -d build"

As shown down below:

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  • Run the following commands in your terminal subsequently:
  • npm run build
  • npm run deploy

Almost done. Keep in mind that it may take a moment for Github to upload and build your app.

Step 3:
Go to your app’s repo and open Settings. In the GitHub Pages section select gh-pages branch from the drop-down menu. Hit save. If you see the following that means that everything is good & your app is being built. It usually takes up to 20-30 mins to see your app live on gihub pages.

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Discussion (9)

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fbolaji profile image

Thanks for this write up on making json-server db.json access on repo. Meanwhile, your repo on GITHub must be in public mode because if private then you can't deploy to the gh-pages and as well as no access to your db.json. So people should keep that in mind.

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Thanks for this helpful article, i have one question please:
If my json-server has not only the db.json, but an images folder in the public folder, what should i do to upload the whole json-server content in this case?

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Isaac Komezusenge

Same question here

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Isaac Komezusenge

Thanks, I've followed all steps and all is working fine but image are not displaying, means I can get images from json-server
Can anyone plz help me????????

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Mateo Loaiza Rios


The react app aplication and db.json have separate repositories?


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Pravunath Singh

Hey, I have the same question, if you have figured this out could you provide me insights regarding this

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Tarek Hassan

Your post helped me deploy an app I developed locally, Thank you :)

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Artem Kolinko

Hi, thanks for article!

I've made a request to from my app by fetch() and get CORS error.

How I can resolve it?

fbolaji profile image

Set your fetch() headers
'Access-Control-Allow-Origin': '*',
Accept: 'application/json;odata.metadata=full',
'Content-Type': 'application/json',