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Seun Taiwo
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Deploying Your React or Vue Project To Glitch

TL; DR Build your project and serve the dist folder from a server

Like me, you may have tried to deploy your React or Vue app to Glitch and failed :) but I found a way out. Thinking about it, your project build will consist of plain ol' JS, HTML and CSS files(and images). All you have to do is spin up a server to serve those files.
I would be assuming you already know about react and npm. When you're done with coding, run your project build by running

npm run build
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or whatever command you have set in your package.json file. This should spit out a dist folder containing your files in the root directory of your project.

Now, spinning up a server might seem like a lot of work, but with Express( a Node.js framework), it's relatively easy. First, we have to install the Express package.

npm install express
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Then create an app.js file and add the following lines of code.

const express = require("express");
const path = require("path");

const app = express();

app.use(express.static(path.join(__dirname, "dist")));

app.use((req, res) => {
  res.sendFile(path.join(__dirname, "dist", "index.html"));

app.listen(process.env.PORT || 3000, () => {
  console.log("Server Started");
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The code above sets up the server and sends your files whenever a request is made to the server.

To deploy to Glitch, simply log in, create a new project and import your code from Github. Glitch would handle the rest from there on out. However, if you want to watch how it progresses, you can click Tools > Logs.

Repo Link(Vue Project): Here

You can reach out to me on Twitter

Thank You.

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