Installation – React

Installing React

There are several different methods to get started with using React. It will depend on the web application size, complexity, and environment to determine the exact approach that is best for you.

For a quick and easy method of adding React to your website you could just embed the React library in your website using a <script> tag.

<script crossorigin src="[email protected]/umd/react.production.min.js"></script> <script crossorigin src="[email protected]/umd/react-dom.production.min.js"></script>

However, with the above approach, you may feel limited in how far you can take React. This is where the use of toolchain is the preferred approach, with the more practical and productive Create React App:

npm install -g create-react-app create-react-app my-app cd my-app npm start

This will set up your development environment so that you can use the latest JavaScript features, provide a great developer experience, and optimize your application for production. It sets up Webpack as a bundler, and Jest for testing.

Another option is using the package npx which doesn’t require you to install the package create-react-app before using it. So you can use it without installing it which is helpful for the future not to have too many packages installed on your machine.

npm install -g npx npx create-react-app my-app
  • npm start will start up a development server which allows live reloading.
  • After you finish your project and are ready to deploy your application to production, you can just use npm run build to create an optimized build of your app in the build folder.

You can find more toolchains which support server-rendered website or static content-oriented website at Create a New React App.

Boilerplate Projects

There are many well maintained and powerful React boilerplate starter projects in the open source ecosystem. If Create-React-App doesn’t quite fit your needs but you don’t want to learn all the intricacies of webpack before starting a React project, these can be a big help.

Some popular boilerplates:


1. The React tutorial on installing

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