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Setting up a React environment

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Hey learners and beginners. I am starting a new series where you will get to know everything about React. So here is my first post where we will setup our react environment.

Main tools

You need to install these tools to get started

  • Visual Studio Code vs.png

Link -> Download VS Code

Create React App

Create React App is a comfortable environment for learning React, and is the best wat to start building a new single-page application in React.

npx create-react-app my-app
cd my-app
npm start
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VS Code Extensions

Get these extension to ease you development workflow

  • Code Snippets: ES7 React/Redux/GraphQL/React-Native snippets


  • Formatter: Prettier - Code formatter



  • indent-rainbow: 3.png

Link -> Download

  • Bracket Pair Colorizer: 4.png

Link -> Download


Press Ctrl + Shift + P and click Open Settings(JSON)

      // for prettier configuration
    "editor.defaultFormatter": "esbenp.prettier-vscode", 
    "[javascript]": {
     "editor.defaultFormatter": "esbenp.prettier-vscode"

    // format code on save
    "editor.formatOnSave": true, 

    // update import on file move
    "javascript.updateImportsOnFileMove.enabled": "always",

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Emmet for JSX

You will need emmet abbreviation for JSX

Now head towards settings.json again and add these settings

 "emmet.includeLanguages": {
        "javascript": "javascriptreact", 

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React developer tools

Now head towards your chrome extension store and download this extension.


Link -> Download React developer tools

Install Sass

If you're a sass user you need to install node-sass package.

npm install --save node-sass
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Now you're done setting up your React Environment. Stay Tuned next post coming up where we will start with JSX, Components, Props and all.

Thank You For Reading!

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