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Webpack Up

CLI tool to jumpstart projects using webpack + babel + react/preact

How to use it

I made this tool with the idea of adding webpack + babel + react to existing projects ( e.g adding a demo app to a library ) but you can use it to start a project from scratch you only need a directory with a package.json and run:

webpack-up <your-package.json-directory> --manager yarn --framework react --entrypoint 'my-app/index.js'

This command will set up webpack babel and react on <your-package.json-directory> path and use 'my-app/index.js as the entrypoint to create the bundle with webpack ( that should be your base file that imports everything ).

You can set --manager to use npm or yarn ( it will use npm by default ) and you can set --framework to use react or preact ( it will use react by default )


let's say I have a folder called my-app with the following content:

├── index.html
├── package.json
├── src
│   ├── App.js
│   └── index.js

Where App.js contain the main React/Preact component (e.g react):

import React, { Component } from 'react'

class App extends Component {
  render () {
    return (

export default App

and index.js just contain the logic for the render and re imports (again e.g for react)

import React from 'react'
import { render } from 'react-dom'

import App from './App'

document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', event => (
    <App />,

I can run webpack-up on this directory like:

  webpack-up . --manager yarn --framework react --entrypoint "./src/index.js"

(Please notice the " on the entrypoint option)

I'll get a source tree like:

├── index.html
├── node_modules
├── package.json
├── public
├── src
├── webpack.config.js
└── yarn.lock

And I'm ready to roll. I can change my index.html to be something like:

      My Kick ass app
      <div id="root"></div>
      <script src="./static/bundle.js"></script>

and then run ./node_modules/.bin/webpack-dev-server and you got yourself a webpack-dev server with your react app!

You could also tweak that same index.html to use ./public/bundle.js instead and run webpack -p to get your production build.


Why to use this instead of (CRA)[https://github.com/facebookincubator/create-react-app]? Well I like to have my configs so I can keep on working on them instead of having all those things under the hood (and even if you eject the app you might not need all the things that they use) so this approach will give you a basic setup that you can actually change without much effort




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