A Boilerplate for Scalable Cross-Platform Desktop Apps
- Note: requires a node version >= 7 and an npm version >= 4.
- If you have installation or compilation issues with this project, please see our debugging guide
First, clone the repo via git:
git clone --depth=1 https://github.com/chentsulin/electron-react-boilerplate.git your-project-name
And then install dependencies with yarn.
$ cd your-project-name$ yarn
Note: If you can't use yarn for some reason, try
Start the app in the
dev environment. This starts the renderer process in hot-module-replacement mode and starts a server that sends hot updates to the renderer process:
$ npm run dev
Run these two commands simultaneously in different console tabs:
$ npm run start-renderer-dev$ npm run start-main-dev
- ES6 Snippets
- React Snippets
💡 If you are using the
flow-for-vscodeplugin, make sure to disable the
flowtype-errors/show-errorseslint rule in the
.eslintrcby setting it to
- Editorconfig Integration
- ESLint Integration
- Syntax Highlighting
- Node Snippets
- ES6 Snippets
Toggle Chrome DevTools
- OS X: Cmd Alt I or F12
- Linux: Ctrl Shift I or F12
- Windows: Ctrl Shift I or F12
See electron-debug for more information.
This boilerplate includes the following DevTools extensions:
- Devtron - Install via electron-debug.
- React Developer Tools - Install via electron-devtools-installer.
- Redux DevTools - Install via electron-devtools-installer.
You can find the tabs on Chrome DevTools.
If you want to update extensions version, please set
UPGRADE_EXTENSIONS env, just run:
$ UPGRADE_EXTENSIONS=1 npm run dev# For Windows$ set UPGRADE_EXTENSIONS=1 && npm run dev
💡 You can debug your production build with devtools by simply setting the
DEBUG_PROD env variable:
DEBUG_PROD=true npm run package
This boilerplate is configured to use css-modules out of the box.
.css file extensions will use css-modules unless it has
If you need global styles, stylesheets with
.global.css will not go through the
css-modules loader. e.g.
If you want to import global css libraries (like
bootstrap), you can just write the following code in
If you want to use Sass in your app, you only need to import
.sass files instead of
To package apps for the local platform:
$ npm run package
To package apps for all platforms:
First, refer to Multi Platform Build for dependencies.
$ npm run package-all
To package apps with options:
$ npm run package -- --[option]
To run the application without packaging run
$ npm run build$ npm start
To run End-to-End Test
$ npm run build$ npm run test-e2e
How to add modules to the project
You will need to add other modules to this boilerplate, depending on the requirements of your project. For example, you may want to add node-postgres to communicate with PostgreSQL database, or material-ui to reuse react UI components.
⚠️ Please read the following section before installing any dependencies ⚠️
This boilerplate uses a two package.json structure. This means, you will have two
./package.jsonin the root of your project
package.json file to use
Rule of thumb is: all modules go into
./package.json except native modules. Native modules go into
- If the module is native to a platform (like node-postgres) or otherwise should be included with the published package (i.e. bcrypt, openbci), it should be listed under
- If a module is
imported by another module, include it in
./package.json. See this ESLint rule. Examples of such modules are
- Otherwise, modules used for building, testing and debugging should be included in
See the wiki page, Module Structure — Two package.json Structure to understand what is native module, the rationale behind two package.json structure and more.
For an example app that uses this boilerplate and packages native dependencies, see erb-sqlite-example.
Static Type Checking
This project comes with Flow support out of the box! You can annotate your code with types, get Flow errors as ESLint errors, and get type errors during runtime during development. Types are completely optional.
If you want to have native-like User Interface (OS X El Capitan and Windows 10), react-desktop may perfect suit for you.
Dispatching redux actions from main process
How to keep the boilerplate updated
If your application is a fork from this repo, you can add this repo to another git remote:
git remote add upstream https://github.com/chentsulin/electron-react-boilerplate.git
Then, use git to merge some latest commits:
git pull upstream master
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