electron-react-boilerplate

A Boilerplate for Scalable Cross-Platform Desktop Apps


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Electron application boilerplate based on React, Redux, React Router, Webpack, React Transform HMR for rapid application development.

Screenshot

Electron Boilerplate Demo

Install

  • Note: requires a node version >= 7 and an npm version >= 4.
  • If you have installation or compilation issues with this project, please see our debugging guide

First, clone the repo via git:

git clone --depth=1 https://github.com/chentsulin/electron-react-boilerplate.git your-project-name

And then install dependencies with yarn.

$ cd your-project-name
$ yarn

Note: If you can't use yarn for some reason, try npm install.

Run

Start the app in the dev environment. This starts the renderer process in hot-module-replacement mode and starts a server that sends hot updates to the renderer process:

$ npm run dev

Run these two commands simultaneously in different console tabs:

$ npm run start-renderer-dev
$ npm run start-main-dev

Editor Configuration

Atom

apm install editorconfig es6-javascript atom-ternjs javascript-snippets linter linter-eslint language-babel autocomplete-modules file-icons

VSCode

Sublime

Others

DevTools

Toggle Chrome DevTools

  • OS X: Cmd Alt I or F12
  • Linux: Ctrl Shift I or F12
  • Windows: Ctrl Shift I or F12

See electron-debug for more information.

DevTools extension

This boilerplate includes the following DevTools extensions:

You can find the tabs on Chrome DevTools.

If you want to update extensions version, please set UPGRADE_EXTENSIONS env, just run:

$ UPGRADE_EXTENSIONS=1 npm run dev

# For Windows
$ set UPGRADE_EXTENSIONS=1 && npm run dev

:bulb: You can debug your production build with devtools by simply setting the DEBUG_PROD env variable:

DEBUG_PROD=true npm run package

CSS Modules

This boilerplate is configured to use css-modules out of the box.

All .css file extensions will use css-modules unless it has .global.css.

If you need global styles, stylesheets with .global.css will not go through the css-modules loader. e.g. app.global.css

If you want to import global css libraries (like bootstrap), you can just write the following code in .global.css:

@import "~bootstrap/dist/css/bootstrap.css";

Sass support

If you want to use Sass in your app, you only need to import .sass files instead of .css once:

import './app.global.scss';

Packaging

To package apps for the local platform:

$ npm run package

To package apps for all platforms:

First, refer to Multi Platform Build for dependencies.

Then,

$ npm run package-all

To package apps with options:

$ npm run package -- --[option]

Further commands

To run the application without packaging run

$ npm run build
$ npm start

To run End-to-End Test

$ npm run build
$ npm run test-e2e

Options

See electron-builder CLI Usage

How to add modules to the project

You will need to add other modules to this boilerplate, depending on the requirements of your project. For example, you may want to add node-postgres to communicate with PostgreSQL database, or material-ui to reuse react UI components.

⚠️ Please read the following section before installing any dependencies ⚠️

Module Structure

This boilerplate uses a two package.json structure. This means, you will have two package.json files.

  1. ./package.json in the root of your project
  2. ./app/package.json inside app folder

Which package.json file to use

Rule of thumb is: all modules go into ./package.json except native modules. Native modules go into ./app/package.json.

  1. If the module is native to a platform (like node-postgres) or otherwise should be included with the published package (i.e. bcrypt, openbci), it should be listed under dependencies in ./app/package.json.
  2. If a module is imported by another module, include it in dependencies in ./package.json. See this ESLint rule. Examples of such modules are material-ui, redux-form, and moment.
  3. Otherwise, modules used for building, testing and debugging should be included in devDependencies in ./package.json.

Further Readings

See the wiki page, Module Structure — Two package.json Structure to understand what is native module, the rationale behind two package.json structure and more.

For an example app that uses this boilerplate and packages native dependencies, see erb-sqlite-example.

Static Type Checking

This project comes with Flow support out of the box! You can annotate your code with types, get Flow errors as ESLint errors, and get type errors during runtime during development. Types are completely optional.

Native-like UI

If you want to have native-like User Interface (OS X El Capitan and Windows 10), react-desktop may perfect suit for you.

Dispatching redux actions from main process

see discusses in #118 and #108

How to keep the boilerplate updated

If your application is a fork from this repo, you can add this repo to another git remote:

git remote add upstream https://github.com/chentsulin/electron-react-boilerplate.git

Then, use git to merge some latest commits:

git pull upstream master

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License

MIT © C. T. Lin

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