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A cli build tool for react projects that abstracts away configuration.


I have a few small react projects on the go and keeping their build dependencies up to date individually has become a hassle. I realized that most of my project setups are 95% the same which means I can share configuration to a certain extent.

I was inspired by how create-react-app hides build configuration so cleanly. Although CRA is great, it doesn't fit my goals exactly.

I made create-app to be a multipurpose build tool for myself. The first step I took was to move all build configuration from my react-starter project to create-app and then update the npm/yarn run commands to call create-app commands instead. This also happens to result in an extremely clean package.json file.


# Run eslint 
create-app lint
# Run tests 
create-app test
# Format code with prettier 
create-app format
# Check if code is properly formatted 
create-app format --check
# Run webpack dev server with hot reloading on localhost:8080 
create-app dev
# Build for production 
create-app build
# Or include a base url path when serving under a specific directory 
BASE_URL=react-starter create-app build
# Serve the dist directory on localhost:8080 
create-app serve
# Or a different port 
create-app serve --port 4000
# Build for production and serve through a docker container on localhost:8080 
create-app docker start
# Or a different port 
create-app docker start --port 4000
# Create a new react-starter based app 
create-app init react my-app
# Or typescript-react-starter 
create-app init tsreact my-app


You really want to use this? It's heavily opinionated and only supports my starter projects... but okay!

yarn add --dev @jakedeichert/create-app

Build Setup


Starter project: react-starter

TypeScript React

Starter project: typescript-react-starter

Other Environments

Support for my other environment setups will be coming soon.

  • TypeScript React Electron
  • React Electron