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    Get started with create-react-app and your own express server for development and production.


    • CLI to generate project structure
    • Fully ES6 support
    • Pre-written npm scripts to help development, testing, linting, building and deployment process
    • Eslint for both frontend and backend
    • Jest for both frontend and backend


    • Node.js, from v0.12.x to the latest version. Using any version of v6.x.x or above is preferred.


    First of all, you should install create-express-react via npm as a global package, this is the CLI to generate the template for you to get started.

    npm install create-express-react -g

    Once you have create-express-react, then run it to create the template. The command below will generate a folder named myApp in Desktop.

    cd ~/Desktop
    create-express-react myApp

    Then you need to grab create-react-app by running:

    cd ~/myApp
    npm install
    npm run setup

    Finally, you can start your app:

    npm start


    There are a lot of pre-written npm scripts to help you speed up the development and deployment process.

    • npm run setup

    Using official create-react-app to generate a folder root/frontend for all frontend development. Also adding the proxy setting in root/frontend/package.json to pass request to express server.

    • npm run start

    Concurrently starting webpack-dev-server for react running on port 3000, and express backend server on port 4000. HOC will be enabled for all react related code and also the server will be restarted by nodemon if there is any change made for the backend code.

    • npm run test-server

    Running server tests via Jest, which are in root/server/__test__

    • npm run test-react

    Running react tests via Jest. There is no test file by default, you may create a folder /root/frontend/__test__ and put all test files there.

    • npm run lint

    Run ESLint on all backend code. The config files can be found in root/.eslintrc and root/.eslintignore. Please note that the linting for react will be auto-enabled when you run npm run start

    • npm run build

    Build all the server side code into root/dist, then build react and move all built files (index.html, javascript, css, images, etc.) to root/dist/public for production

    • npm run deploy

    Deploy the server via pm2, you can find the config file in root/deploy.json.

    There are also some helper npm scripts, see more details in root/package.json.



    For Development, the webpack-dev-server is running on port 3000 serving react app, and the backend express server is running on port 4000. All of the requests sent by frontend app will be passed to express server via proxy.

    Web App <--- Webpack-dev-server <---> Proxy <---> Express Server


    For Production, all the frontend code will be compiled and moved into a static directory inside express server. Now there is just one express server running, which is serving both the frontend app and backend endpoints.

    Endpoints <--- Express Server ---> Web App

    Project Structure



    • Should we put some of the common used react libraries into root/frontend?
    • Need to discuss the details about how to stucture express code.


    Please read for details on our code of conduct, and the process for submitting pull requests to us.


    We use SemVer for versioning. For the versions available, see the tags on this repository.



    This project is licensed under the MIT License.


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