Example on using create-react-app with a Node Express Backend
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create-react-app React Project with Node Express Backend

Example on using create-react-app with a Node Express Backend


Install nodemon globally

npm i nodemon -g

Install server and client dependencies

cd client

To start the server and client at the same time (from the root of the project)

yarn dev

Running the production build on localhost. This will create a production build, then Node will serve the app on http://localhost:5000

NODE_ENV=production yarn dev:server

How this works

The key to use an Express backend with a project created with create-react-app is on using a proxy. We have a proxy entry in client/package.json

"proxy": "http://localhost:5000/"

This tells Webpack development server to proxy our API requests to our API server, given that our Express server is running on localhost:5000


Visit my blog post entry for a detailed step-by-step guide.

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