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Elizabeth Alcalá Author

Hi, maybe you will have problems when you build your app since that is what electron-renderer is used for. Do you have a repo to see your code? do you mind sharing it on the issue you opened? thanks.

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raphael10-collab • Edited

I loaded everything here: github.com/raphael10-collab/electr...
As you can see, I didn't anything special: it's your app, where the only differences are these ones:

  • electron/main.ts :

    webPreferences: {
    nodeIntegration: false

  • webpack.react.config.js :

    target:
    //"electron-renderer",
    "web",

If you revert back webpack.react.config.js from "web" to "electron-renderer", you should get the error:
"Uncaught ReferenceError: require is not defined at Object.url", when nodeIntegration is kept to false. If nodeIntegration is set to true, the problem disappears. But this is not what we are looking for, because we would like to have a more secure electron-react-typescript app with nodeIntegration:false

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raphael10-collab • Edited

I loaded everything on here: github.com/raphael10-collab/electr...

In your app I just modified these two things:

  • webPreferences:

    nodeIntegration: true

  • webpack.react.config.js :

    target:
    //"electron-renderer",
    "web",
    

If you revert back target: "web" to "electron-renderer" (the correct setting), you should get the error: "Uncaught ReferenceError: require is not defined at Object.url"
And if you set nodeIntegration:true the problem disappears. But if we want to keep our app more secure, we ought to keep nodeIntegration:false

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raphael10-collab • Edited

Removing the devServer part of webpack.react.config.js :
while keeping target: "electron-renderer" make it work also with nodeIntegration: false

webpack.react.config.js :

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

module.exports = {
  resolve: {
    extensions: [".tsx", ".ts", ".js"],
    mainFields: ["main", "module", "browser"],
  },
  entry: "./src/app.tsx",
  target:
    "electron-renderer",
    //"web",
  devtool: "inline-source-map",
  module: {
    rules: [
      {
        test: /\.(js|ts|tsx)$/,
        exclude: /node_modules/,
        use: {
          loader: "babel-loader",
        },
      },
    ],
  },
  //devServer: {
    //contentBase: path.join(__dirname, "../dist/renderer"),
    //historyApiFallback: true,
    //compress: true,
    //hot: true,
    //port: 4000,
    //publicPath: "/",
  //},
  output: {
    path: path.resolve(__dirname, "dist"),
    filename: "js/[name].js",
  },
  //plugins: [new HtmlWebpackPlugin()],
};

This is the new repo: github.com/raphael10-collab/Electr...
git cloning it, and then executing yarn electron .
I get the app without any errors

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