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React Library Boilerplate

This react library boilerplate uses the following:


  1. Edit the package.json file. Set you app's name, description, version, author, homepage, bugs, and repository fields with the correct information.
  2. Run yarn to add all the project's dependencies.
  3. You package.json file version should always be 0.0.0 since Semantic Release will automatically set this upon publishing.

Basic Folder Structure

├── .storybook
├── src
│   ├── components
|   |   ├── Example
|   |   |   ├── __tests__
|   |   |   |   ├── Example.test.tsx
|   |   |   ├── example.scss
|   |   |   ├── Example.stories.tsx
|   |   |   ├── Example.tsx
|   |   |   ├── index.ts
|   |   ├── index.ts
|   ├── index.ts
├── package.json
├── README.md

Add a new component

  • You can automatically create a new component using the yarn component:new command.
  • Or, you can manually add the new component directory in the src/components directory following this folder structure
├── MyComponent
|   ├── __tests__
|   |   ├── MyComponent.test.tsx
|   ├── MyComponent.scss
|   ├── MyComponent.stories.tsx
|   ├── MyComponent.tsx
|   ├── index.ts

Once you have created your new component make sure you have exported it in the src/components/index.ts file. Doing so allows the component to be compiled into the final bundle using rollup.

// src/components/index.ts
export \* from './MyComponent';
export \* from './SomeOtherComponent';

You can skip all of this and use the built in component generator. The template for the component is in _templates/component/with-prompt. Simply run the following command to automatically create your new component. It will prompt you for the component name and then build out all the files and correct exports.yarn component:new

You can develop your new component using storybook as your playground. Once you have added the .stories.tsx file for you new component, you can run yarn storybook to start the service.


$ yarn test

With coverage

$ yarn test:coverage


$ yarn test:watch


$ yarn format

Validate project formatting

$ yarn format:check


$ yarn lint


$ yarn storybook

Building your library

$ yarn build

The build output will go into the dist directory

Github Actions

This project contains a github action workflow called ci.yaml. This workflow runs a job that will test, lint, and build the code. If the code passes and you are on the master branch it will also run the publish job to send the new version off to npm.

Publishing your Library on NPM

Once you have created an account on NPM create a publish key and add it to your github secrets as NPM_TOKEN. You will also need to create another secret called SEMANTIC_RELEASE_TOKEN. This token should be a personal access token that has the following scopes: repo(all). Semantic Release will take care of the publishing and versioning for you via the .github/workflows/ci.yaml Publish job. In addition to publishing to NPM it will also create a new tag and release with commit messages in the repo.

Note: You will need to update the package.json name property with the correct name your library will be using on npm.

Committing Code Changes

The commit messages are critical for allowing the Semantic Releases to work correctly. We use the Conventional Commit commit message format.

The commit message should be structured as follows:

<type>[optional scope]: <description>

[optional body]

[optional footer(s)]

Any line of the commit message cannot be longer than 100 characters! This allows the message to be easier to read on GitHub as well as in various git tools.


Must be one of the following:

  • build: Changes that affect the build system or external dependencies (this correlates with PATCH in semantic versioning)
  • ci: Changes to our CI configuration files and scripts (no version changes)
  • docs: Documentation only changes (no version changes)
  • feat: A new feature (this correlates with MINOR in semantic versioning).
  • fix: A bug fix (this correlates with PATCH in semantic versioning).
  • perf: A code change that improves performance (this correlates with PATCH in semantic versioning).
  • refactor: A code change that neither fixes a bug nor adds a feature (no version changes)
  • style: Changes that do not affect the meaning of the code (white-space, formatting, missing semi-colons, etc) (no version changes)
  • test: Adding missing tests or correcting existing tests (no version changes)
  • revert: Reverts a previous commit (this correlates with PATCH in semantic versioning).


The Description contains a succinct description of the change:

  • use the imperative, present tense: "change" not "changed" nor "changes"
  • don't capitalize the first letter
  • no dot (.) at the end

Body (optional)

Use the imperative, present tense: "change" not "changed" nor "changes". The body should include the motivation for the change and contrast this with previous behavior.

Footer (optional)

The footer should contain any information about Breaking Changes and is also the place to reference GitHub issues that this commit Closes.

Breaking Changes

A commit that has the text BREAKING CHANGE: at the beginning of its optional body or footer section introduces a breaking API change (correlating with MAJOR in semantic versioning). A BREAKING CHANGE can be part of commits of any type.

should start with the word BREAKING CHANGE: with a space or two newlines. The rest of the commit message is then used for this.


If the commit reverts a previous commit, it should begin with revert: , followed by the header of the reverted commit. In the body it should say: This reverts commit <hash>., where the hash is the SHA of the commit being reverted.


see examples


The changelog.md is automatically generated from the following types of commits:

  • feat
  • fix
  • perf
  • revert

In addition to these types, any breaking change will also be added to the changelog.

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