- Install Node.js
You can download the latest version of Node.js from the official website (https://nodejs.org/). Once the download is complete, run the installer and follow the prompts to complete the installation.
- Install a Text Editor
Next, you’ll need to install a text editor. A text editor is a tool that allows you to write and edit code. There are many different text editors available, and the one you choose will depend on your personal preference. Some popular options include Visual Studio Code, Sublime Text, and Atom.
- Install create-react-app
create-react-app is a command-line tool that sets up a new React project with a minimal configuration. It includes a development server, a testing framework, and a build tool, making it easy to get started with React.
To install create-react-app, open a terminal window and enter the following command:
This will install create-react-app globally, which means you’ll be able to use it to create new React projects from any location on your computer.
- Create a New React Project
Now that you have create-react-app installed, you’re ready to create your first React project. To do this, open a terminal window and navigate to the location where you want to create your project. Then enter the following command:
Replace “my-project” with the name of your project. This will create a new directory with the same name as your project, and it will contain all the files and dependencies needed to get started with React.
- Start the Development Server
To start the development server, navigate to the root directory of your project and enter the following command:
This will start the development server, and it will open a new browser window with your React application running. Any changes you make to your code will be automatically reflected in the browser, allowing you to see your changes in real-time.
- Edit Your Code
Now that you have your development environment set up and the development server running, you’re ready to start building your React application. Open your text editor and navigate to the root directory of your project. You’ll find all the code for your project in the “src” directory.
Make some changes to the code, save your changes, and watch as they are automatically reflected in the browser.
That’s it! You’re now set up and ready to start building your first React application. With create-react-app, it’s easy to get started with React and start building powerful, full-featured applications.