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API Platform Con 2021: join us in Lille (France) or online on September 10 for our 1st international conference.
API Platform Con 2021: join us in Lille (France) or online on September 10 for our 1st international conference.

React Generator

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The React Client Generator generates a Progressive Web App built with battle-tested libraries from the ecosystem:

It is designed to generate code that works seamlessly with Facebook's Create React App.


The easiest way to get started is to install the API Platform distribution. It contains the React Client Generator, all dependencies it needs, a Progressive Web App skeleton generated with Create React App, a development Docker container to serve the webapp, and all the API Platform components you may need, including an API server supporting Hydra.

If you use API Platform, jump to the next section! Alternatively, you can generate a skeleton and install the generator using npx. To use this generator you need Node.js and Yarn (or npm) installed.

Bootstrap a React application:

npx create-react-app client
cd client

Install the required dependencies:

yarn add redux react-redux redux-thunk redux-form react-router-dom connected-react-router prop-types lodash

Optionally, install Bootstrap and Font Awesome to get an app that looks good:

yarn add bootstrap font-awesome

Finally, start the integrated web server:

yarn start

Generating a Progressive Web App

If you use the API Platform distribution, generating all the code you need for a given resource is as simple as running the following command:

docker-compose exec client \
    generate-api-platform-client --resource book -g react

Omit the resource flag to generate files for all resource types exposed by the API.

If you don't use the standalone installation, run the following command instead:

npx @api-platform/client-generator https://demo.api-platform.com src/ --resource book -g react

Replace the URL with the entrypoint of your Hydra-enabled API.

The code has been generated, and is ready to be executed! Register the reducers and the routes:

// client/src/index.js
import React from 'react';
import ReactDOM from 'react-dom';
import { createStore, combineReducers, applyMiddleware } from 'redux';
import { Provider } from 'react-redux';
import thunk from 'redux-thunk';
import { reducer as form } from 'redux-form';
import { Route, Switch } from 'react-router-dom';
import { createBrowserHistory } from 'history';
import {
} from 'connected-react-router';
import 'bootstrap/dist/css/bootstrap.css';
import 'font-awesome/css/font-awesome.css';
import * as serviceWorker from './serviceWorker';
// Import your reducers and routes here
import Welcome from './Welcome';

const history = createBrowserHistory();
const store = createStore(
    router: connectRouter(history),
    /* Add your reducers here */
  applyMiddleware(routerMiddleware(history), thunk)

  <Provider store={store}>
    <ConnectedRouter history={history}>
        <Route path="/" component={Welcome} strict={true} exact={true}/>
        {/* Add your routes here */}
        <Route render={() => <h1>Not Found</h1>} />

// If you want your app to work offline and load faster, you can change
// unregister() to register() below. Note this comes with some pitfalls.
// Learn more about service workers: https://bit.ly/CRA-PWA

Go to https://localhost/books/ to start using your app. That's all!


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