The JavaScript ecosystem evolves at incredible speed: staying current can feel overwhelming. So, instead of you having to stay on top of every new tool, feature and technique to hit the headlines, this project aims to lighten the load by providing a curated baseline of the most valuable ones.

Using React Boilerplate, you get to start your app with our community's current ideas on what represents optimal developer experience, best practice, most efficient tooling and cleanest project structure.

Feature overview

Quick scaffolding

Automate the creation of components, containers, routes, selectors and sagas - and their tests - right from the CLI!

Run npm run generate in your terminal and choose one of the parts you want to generate. They'll automatically be imported in the correct places and have everything set up correctly.

We use plop to generate new components, you can find all the logic and templates for the generation in internals/generators.

Instant feedback

Enjoy the best DX and code your app at the speed of thought! Your saved changes to the CSS and JS are reflected instantaneously without refreshing the page. Preserve application state even when you update something in the underlying code!

Predictable state management

We use Redux to manage our applications state. We have also added optional support for the Chrome Redux DevTools Extension – if you have it installed, you can see, play back and change your action history!

Next generation JavaScript

Use ESNext template strings, object destructuring, arrow functions, JSX syntax and more, today. This is possible thanks to Babel with the env, stage-0 and react presets!

Next generation CSS

Write composable CSS that's co-located with your components using styled-components for complete modularity. Unique generated class names keep the specificity low while eliminating style clashes. Ship only the styles that are used on the visible page for the best performance.

Industry-standard routing

It's natural to want to add pages (e.g. /about) to your application, and routing makes this possible. Thanks to react-router with connected-react-router, that's as easy as pie and the url is auto-synced to your application state!

Static code analysis

Focus on writing new features without worrying about formatting or code quality. With the right editor setup, your code will automatically be formatted and linted as you work.

Read more about linting in our introduction and don't forget to setup your by following our instructions.

Optional extras

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The next frontier in performant web apps: availability without a network connection from the instant your users load the app. This is done with a ServiceWorker and a fallback to AppCache, so this feature even works on older browsers!

All your files are included automatically. No manual intervention needed thanks to Webpack's offline-plugin

Add To Homescreen

After repeat visits to your site, users will get a prompt to add your application to their homescreen. Combined with offline caching, this means your web app can be used exactly like a native application (without the limitations of an app store).

The name and icon to be displayed are set in the manifest.json generated by Webpack's webpack-pwa-manifest plugin. Configure the name, colors, and icons in and try it!

Performant Web Font Loading

If you simply use web fonts in your project, the page will stay blank until these fonts are downloaded. That means a lot of waiting time in which users could already read the content.

FontFaceObserver adds a class to the body when the fonts have loaded. (see app.js and App/styles.css)

Adding a new font

  1. Either add the @font-face declaration to App/styles.css or add a <link> tag to the index.html. (Don't forget to remove the <link> for Open Sans from the index.html!)

  2. In App/styles.css, specify your initial font-family in the body tag with only web-save fonts. In the body.jsFontLoaded tag, specify your font-family stack with your web font.

  3. In app.js add a <fontName>Observer for your font.

Image optimization

Images often represent the majority of bytes downloaded on a web page, so image optimization can often be a notable performance improvement. Thanks to Webpack's image-loader, every PNG, JPEG, GIF and SVG images is optimized.

See image-loader to customize optimizations options.