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README.md

This project is based on Create React App v2 and netlify-lambda v1. (For more information about Create react App, check their full documentation.)

The main addition is a new folder: src/lambda. Each JavaScript file in there will automatically be prepared for Lambda function deployment.

As an example, we've included a small src/lambda/hello.js function, which will be deployed to /.netlify/functions/hello. We've also included an async lambda example using async/await syntax in async-chuck-norris.js.

Deploy to Netlify

Video

Learn how to set this up yourself (and why everything is the way it is) from scratch in a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ldSM98nCHI

Babel/webpack compilation

All functions are compiled with webpack using the Babel Loader, so you can use modern JavaScript, import npm modules, etc., without any extra setup.

Local Development

Before developing, clone the repository and run yarn from the root of the repo to install all dependencies.

Option 1: Starting both servers at once

Most people should be able to get up and running just by running:

yarn start

This uses npm-run-all to run the functions dev server and app dev server concurrently.

Option 2: Start each server individually

Run the functions dev server

From inside the project folder, run:

yarn start:lambda

This will open a local server running at http://localhost:9000 serving your Lambda functions, updating as you make changes in the src/lambda folder.

You can then access your functions directly at http://localhost:9000/{function_name}, but to access them with the app, you'll need to start the app dev server. Under the hood, this uses react-scripts' advanced proxy feature with the setupProxy.js file.

Run the app dev server

While the functions server is still running, open a new terminal tab and run:

yarn start:app

This will start the normal create-react-app dev server and open your app at http://localhost:3000.

Local in-app requests to the relative path /.netlify/functions/* will automatically be proxied to the local functions dev server.

Typescript

Click for instructions You can use Typescript in both your React code (with `react-scripts` v2.1+) and your lambda functions )with `netlify-lambda` v1.1+). Follow these instructions:
  1. yarn add -D typescript @types/node @types/react @types/react-dom @babel/preset-typescript @types/aws-lambda
  2. convert src/lambda/hello.js to src/lambda/hello.ts
  3. use types in your event handler:
import { Handler, Context, Callback, APIGatewayEvent } from 'aws-lambda';

interface HelloResponse {
  statusCode: number;
  body: string;
}

const handler: Handler = (
  event: APIGatewayEvent,
  context: Context,
  callback: Callback
) => {
  const params = event.queryStringParameters;
  const response: HelloResponse = {
    statusCode: 200,
    body: JSON.stringify({
      msg: `Hello world ${Math.floor(Math.random() * 10)}`,
      params
    })
  };

  callback(undefined, response);
};

export { handler };

rerun and see it work!

You are free to set up your tsconfig.json and tslint as you see fit.

If you want to try working in Typescript on the client and lambda side: There are a bunch of small setup details to get right. Check https://github.com/sw-yx/create-react-app-lambda-typescript for a working starter.

Routing and authentication

For a full demo of routing and authentication, check this branch: https://github.com/netlify/create-react-app-lambda/pull/18 This example will not be maintained but may be helpful.

Service Worker

The service worker does not work with lambda functions out of the box. It prevents calling the function and returns the app itself instead (Read more). To solve this you have to eject and enhance the service worker configuration in the webpack config. Whitelist the path of your lambda function and you are good to go.

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