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Getting Started with Create Any App

Create Any App is a command line interface for rapid creation, configuration and development of JavaScript apps.

Quick Start

npx create-any-app <framework> my-app

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

Get Started Immediately (using configuration mode)

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 configure its options else use a preset, and you’re good to go.

Run create-any-app --help for help with commands.

The following frameworks are supported:

  • Next.js

The following configurations are supported in configuration mode (view details):

  • TypeScript Support
  • Routers
  • State Management Tools
  • CSS Frameworks
  • CSS Preprocessors
  • Linters/Formatters

When using configuration mode, you will be given an option to save the current configuration as a preset which can then be selected when running create-any-app <framework> my-app again or using the command line directly.

Creating an App

You’ll need to have Node >= 14 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 create-any-app <framework> my-app

Command line

create-any-app or caa can be used interchangably:

create-any-app <framework> my-app
caa <framework> my-app

Follow the on screen instructions to get your app running once the configuration processes have completed.

Selecting a preset directly

You can directly start a new app from a preset using the create command.

create-any-app create <preset-name> my-app

View all presets

List all presets using the preset command.

create-any-app preset

Removing a preset

Remove a preset using the preset command with the --remove or -r flag with the preset name as an argument.

create-any-app preset --remove <preset-name>


Optionally you can pass certain flags to the creation command to minimally configure projects without the configuration screen.

Creating a TypeScript app

You can start a new TypeScript app by using the --typescript or -ts to the creation command. This will create a new project with TypeScript using the default configurations.

npx create-any-app <framework> my-app --typescript

For advanced configurations, you can select the TypeScript option while configuring your project instead of the --typescript flag.

Initializing a Git repository

Create Any App by default initializes a Git repository in the project directory. If you don't wish to have this functionality just pass the --no-git flag to the creation command.

npx create-any-app <framework> my-app --no-git
npx create-any-app create <preset-name> my-app --no-git


Inside the newly created project, some built-in commands are added as per the chosen framework:

npm start

Starts the production server at a specified URL as per the chosen framework.

npm test

Runs the test watcher, if unit tests are configured.

npm run build

Builds the app for production to the default build folder of the chosen framework. It correctly bundles the app in production mode and optimizes the build for the best performance.

npm run lint

Runs the linter/formatter, if ESLint is configured.

Your app is ready to be deployed.


Contributions are what make the open source community such an amazing place to be learn, inspire, and create. Any contributions you make are greatly appreciated. Read and the contributing guidelines.

Supported Configurations

TypeScript Support (Yes/No)

Routers (Default router provided by the framework, else React-Router)

State Management

  • Redux-Toolkit

CSS Frameworks

  • TailwindCSS
  • Chakra-UI

CSS Preprocessors

  • Sass/SCSS
  • Less
  • Stylus


  • ESLint with default config
  • ESLint + Airbnb config
  • ESLint + Standard config
  • ESLint + Prettier

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