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Forge React App Build Status

Forge React apps with no build configuration. (TypeScript or ECMAScript)

Forge React App works on macOS, Windows, and Linux.
If something doesn’t work, please file an issue.

Quick Overview

npx forge-react-app my-app
cd my-app
npm start

Then open http://localhost:9000/ to see your app.
When you’re ready to deploy to production, create a minified bundle with npm run build.

Get Started Immediately

You don’t need to install or configure tools like Webpack or Babel.
They are preconfigured so that you can focus on the code.

Just create a project, and you’re good to go.

Creating an App

You’ll need to have Node 8.10.0 or later on your local development machine (but it’s not required on the server). You can use nvm (macOS/Linux) or nvm-windows to easily switch Node versions between different projects.

To create a new app, you may choose one of the following methods:


npx forge-react-app my-app

It will create a directory called my-app inside the current folder.
Inside that directory, it will generate the initial project structure and install the transitive dependencies:

├── node_modules
├── package.json
├── .gitignore
├── devtools
│   └── webpack.config.js
├── public
│   ├── favicon.ico
│   ├── index.html
│   ├── index.js
│   └── vendor.js
└── src
    ├── index.js
    ├── components
    │   └── Title
    │       ├── index.tsx
    │       ├── Title.tsx
    │       ├── Title.scss
    │       └── test
    │           └── Title.test.tsx
    ├── modules
    │   └── App
    │       ├── index.tsx
    │       ├── App.tsx
    │       ├── App.scss
    │       └── test
    │           └── App.test.tsx
    └── ui
        ├── assets
        │   └── images
        └── styles
            └── colors.scss

No configuration or complicated folder structures, just the files you need to build your app.
Once the installation is done, you can open your project folder:

cd my-app

Inside the newly created project, you can run some built-in commands:

npm start or yarn start

Runs the app in development mode.
Open http://localhost:9000 to view it in the browser.

The page will automatically reload if you make changes to the code.
You will see the build errors and lint warnings in the console.

npm test or yarn test

Runs the test watcher in an interactive mode.

npm run build or yarn build

Builds the app for production to the build folder.
It correctly bundles React in production mode and optimizes the build for the best performance.

The build is minified and the filenames include the hashes.

Your app is ready to be deployed.

npm run analyze or yarn analyze (Webpack Bundle Analyzer)

This script will help you:

  • Realize what's really inside your bundle
  • Find out what modules make up the most of it's size
  • Find modules that got there by mistake
  • Optimize it!
  • And the best thing is it supports minified bundles. It parses them to get real size of bundled modules. And it also shows their gzipped sizes.


  • No Configuration Required: You don't need to configure anything. A reasonably good configuration of both development and production builds is handled for you so you can focus on writing code.

  • Highly Scalable Folder Structure

  • Small Production Build Size

Main dependencies

Package Version Details
React ^16.x
TypeScript ^3.x for TypeScript version
Jest ^24.x
Enzyme ^3.x
Babel ^7.x for ECMAScript version
Webpack ^4.x

Production build size

  • All (36.61 KB) (gzip)
    • vendor.a106ef9a79e0a54d062b.js (35.09 KB)
    • index.4bc3d8a674d7249b58c8.js (1.52 KB)

Feedback and suggestions

If you want to leave some suggestions or give me constructive feedback please don't hesitate to file an issue.


Forge React App is open source software licensed as MIT.


npm i forge-react-app





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