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Thai Pangsakulyanont
Thai Pangsakulyanont

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Freshly-baked apps every midnight

I hate running commands to generate new projects because it is relatively cumbersome compared to jumping into an existing project.

Whenever I want to work on an existing project, I just jump right in and begin developing it, either on my local machine, or using many cloud-based development tool. Codespaces, Gitpod, CodeSandbox, etc. which can launch a development environment right from a GitHub repository.

On the other hand, when generating projects using a CLI, there is no repository to begin with. So I must start from my machine. Furthermore, I had to install dependencies twice — once for the project generator, and once more for the project itself.

So I created the Fresh App Factory which in turn creates self-updating project templates. Every midnight UTC, it runs popular project scaffolding commands and pushes the resulting project to GitHub repositories. All of this is powered by GitHub Actions.

GitHub logo fresh-app / factory

We produce freshly-baked apps every midnight


This repository generates various fresh apps every midnight (UTC time).


Instead of having to run a script to generate a new project each time, you can just fork the templates and begin coding.

  • Use Codespaces, Gitpod or CodeSandbox to work on the project right away.

  • Unlike many boilerplates, our fresh apps are regenerated daily, so you get up-to-date dependencies by the time you clone them.


Create React App

I initially experimented with this idea since late 2019, so you can take a look at how a freshly-generated React app's README file evolves over the years.






Further template projects may be added in the future. Check out

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