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Create Your Own Quote API with Netlify Functions - Part 3

grepliz profile image Liz Lam Updated on ・2 min read

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This is a 3 part exercise on how to create and use your own quote API with Netlify functions.

If you've been following along, you should now have a working public API that returns a random quote. In this last part of the series, we will use that API and display the quote in our React app.

Go into the src directory and replace App.js with the following:

import React, { useState, useEffect } from 'react';
import './App.css';

function App() {
  const url = '/.netlify/functions/quotes';
  const [quote, setQuote] = useState();

  useEffect(() => {
    const getQuote = async () => {
      const response = await fetch(url);
      const data = await response.json();
      return data;
  }, []);

  return (
    <div className="App">
      <header className="App-header">

export default App;

If you are a React developer, this should feel pretty familiar to you. If not, this is essentially a functional component that uses fetch to call our quotes api.
The component returns the JSX portion which displays the quote.

Start your dev environment if you haven't already with netlify dev. Open up a browser and go to http://localhost:8888. You should see a screen something like the following:

Quote being displayed

Commit and push these new changes to GitHub. This should trigger a redeploy on Netlify. Once the redeploy is complete, you should be able to navigate to your public url and see the same thing.

Congratulations! You did it! You've created a quotes API, deployed it to Netlify and used it in a React app. Hopefully this example serves as a simple foundation on how to build API's with the power of serverless technologies.

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