Set up React apps with zero configuration in two minutes

The React team has an official Command Line Interface (CLI) for building React projects called "Create React App"; in this lesson, we show how to use this tool to quickly set up new projects using the create-react-app {project-name} command. We then use the npm scripts that are provided: npm start to develop, npm run build to ship, and npm run eject to opt out of the abstracted tooling.

The benefits of this tool are:

  • It's officially maintained by the React team; this means best practices out of the box
  • Zero config, one dependency
  • Config is abstracted so React team can make improvements under the hood and you get the new goodness for free
  • Clean command line output for errors
  • You can "eject" at any time if needed