Express React Starter
This is a template for using Express and React in the same project. It is based on Create React App.
Read the article: Introducing Express React Starter
git clone 'this-repo-url' app-name cd app-name npm install
Running The App
The template can be run in development, or in production. For development, use the following workflow.
Start the Express Server
Start Create React App
In a different terminal tab...
The "Welcome to React" is a message that comes from the Express server.
What Is Happening Here?
Create React App and the Express server are running on different processes. This is so that React can still use in memory Webpack to do hot reloads really fast.
All AJAX/fetch requests to
/api are sent back to the Express server which is serving all
/api routes from the
routes/index.js file. This is done via a proxy setup in the
Building For Production
In production, you want Express to serve up your app.
Build React App
Now simply visit the Express app at 'http://localhost:3001' and you will see your app served from the 'build' folder. That's all there is to it!