A new React project with Typescript, Eslint, and Prettier

elisealcala profile image Elizabeth Alcalá ・4 min read

In almost every new project I start with React I always ask myself if I should use create-react-app. To small apps, this is a pretty good option but if you want to configure your app a little more and maybe change the babel and webpack configuration, you should start a project from scratch.

Let's create a new directory and initialize a default npm app.

# Make a new directory and move into it 
mkdir new-react-app && cd new-react-app

# Initialise a new npm project with defaults
npm init -y

Now our application has a package.json file.

Let's start with webpack and babel setup.
   # Install webpack 
   npm install --save-dev webpack webpack-cli webpack-dev-server

   # Install the html webpack plugin
   npm install --save-dev html-webpack-plugin
   # Install babel
   npm i --save-dev @babel/core babel-loader @babel/preset-env @babel/preset-react @babel/preset-typescript
A babel preset it's a tool to add support for a certain language.

@babel/preset-env, @babel/preset-react and @babel/preset-typescript : Allow us to add support for the latest features of javascript, react and typescript.

Let's create a webpack.config.js file on the root of our app.

   const path = require('path');
   const HtmlWebpackPlugin = require('html-webpack-plugin');

   module.exports = {
     entry: './src/app.tsx',
     resolve: {
       extensions: ['.ts', '.tsx', '.js'],
     module: {
       rules: [
           test: /\.(ts|tsx)$/,
           exclude: /node_modules/,
           use: {
             loader: 'babel-loader',
     devServer: {
       contentBase: path.join(__dirname, 'build'),
       historyApiFallback: true,
       host: '',
       compress: true,
       hot: true,
       port: 3000,
       publicPath: '/',
     devtool: 'source-map',
     output: {
       filename: '[name].bundle.js',
       publicPath: '/',
       path: path.resolve(__dirname, 'build'),
     plugins: [
       new HtmlWebpackPlugin({
         template: path.join(__dirname, 'index.html'),

This webpack configuration it's basic but it does the work.

Let's create an index.html file on the root.

   <!DOCTYPE html>
       <meta charset="utf-8" />
       <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge">
       <title>My app with Typescript and React</title>
       <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
       <div id="root"></div>

Now let's create a babel.config.js file.

   module.exports = {
     presets: [

In our package.json file, we have to add some script to run our app, and to compile it in a build folder.

   // package.json

     "scripts": {
       "start": "webpack-dev-server --mode development",
       "build": "webpack --mode production",

Typescript and react.

Typescript is a programming language developed by Microsoft. It's a superset of javascript, which means it has some additional features, like static typing and support for object oriented programming options. Today is one of the most popular languages.

   # Install typescript
   npm install typescript

   #Install the react dependencies
   npm install react react-dom @types/react @types/react-dom

@types/react y @types/react-dom: These packages add the types for react and react-dom.

Let's create a src folder on the root, and inside an app.tsx file.

   mkdir src
   cd src
   touch app.tsx

Our app.tsx can be like this for now.

   import React from 'react';
   import ReactDom from 'react-dom';

   const App = () => <p>hello world</p>;

   ReactDom.render(<App />, document.getElementById('root') as HTMLElement);

Now let's create a tsconfig.json file. This file has all the rules for typescript to work on our app. You can change it according to what you need. See the full list of options here, https://www.typescriptlang.org/docs/handbook/tsconfig-json.html.

     "compilerOptions": {
       "allowSyntheticDefaultImports": true,
       "noImplicitAny": true,
       "moduleResolution": "node",
       "baseUrl": "./",
       "sourceMap": true,
       "module": "esnext",
       "target": "esnext",
       "jsx": "react",
       "allowJs": true,
       "noEmit": true,
       "noImplicitThis": true,
       "strictNullChecks": true,
       "lib": ["es6", "dom"],
Better development experience with Eslint and Prettier.

Eslint is a linting tool for javascript. It analyzes our code, looking for syntax errors, saving us a lot of development time.

Prettier is a code formatter. It enforces a consistent style across our app.

   # Install eslint and prettier
   npm install --save-dev eslint prettier

   # Install plugin and presets needed for our app
   npm install --save-dev eslint-config-prettier eslint-plugin-prettier eslint-plugin-react @typescript-eslint/eslint-plugin @typescript-eslint/parser

eslint-config-prettier: It's important to use this package to avoid conflicts between eslint and prettier rules.

@typescript-eslint/eslint-plugin y @typescript-eslint/parser: These plugins add support for typescript.

Let's create a configuration file for Eslint called .eslintrc.js on the root of our project. You can change these rules according to your needs.

Here is the list of supported rules for eslint-plugin-react: https://github.com/yannickcr/eslint-plugin-react

   module.exports =  {
     parser:  '@typescript-eslint/parser',
     extends:  [
     parserOptions:  {
       ecmaVersion:  2018,
       sourceType:  'module',
     plugins: ["prettier"],
     rules: {
       "prettier/prettier": [
           singleQuote: true,
           trailingComma: 'all',
       'react/prop-types': [
           ignore: ['context', 'tracking'],
     settings: {
       "react": {
         "version": "detect",
     overrides: [
         files: ['*.ts', '*.tsx'],
         rules: {
           'react/prop-types': 'off',

Now if we are using VS Code, we can enable the option to format our code on save.

Let's create a .vscode folder on the root, and create inside a settings.json file with this content.

     "eslint.validate": [
       "Babel Javascript",
     "eslint.alwaysShowStatus": true,
     "editor.codeActionsOnSave": {
       "source.fixAll.eslint": true

Now when we run npm start we should see our application run on localhost:3000.

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Thanks for sharing Elizabeth! In case you didn't know, Create React App now supports TypeScript.

Also, there is a fantastic project from Jared Palmer called TSDX that allows you to create various types of projects including a React project.

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Zero-config CLI for TypeScript package development


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Despite all the recent hype, setting up a new TypeScript (x React) library can be tough. Between Rollup, Jest, tsconfig, Yarn resolutions, ESLint, and getting VSCode to play nicely....there is just a whole lot of stuff to do (and things to screw up). TSDX is a zero-config CLI that helps you develop, test, and publish modern TypeScript packages with ease--so you can focus on your awesome new library and not waste another afternoon on the configuration.



@dance2die has a post about it.

Looking forward to your next post!


I like the Standard code formatter, which looks it does support TypeScript albeit with some futzing.


It looks interesting, I will try Standard on a next project.


Nice thank you! Will use this article to setup my new starter template


Thanks for this very informative article. Always missed typescript when using react but didn't know how to set it up properly.